The Battle of a Lone Covid Survivor

Rajib Basak / Guest Author

After quite a few successful attempts of half-marathons and several mountaineering ventures, I thought under the pandemic atmosphere that I could easily win the battle, if ever inflicted by Covid virus. But this confidence was shaken very badly when I found myself Covid positive in the month of April 2021. Since I was staying without a single family member at that point of time, my fear gripped me even more upon realizing that I had no near and dear one’s physical presence even in the next room of my apartment.

I would often find myself half unconscious at the wee hours of the night, burning with 104 degrees of temperature – only to realize that if I die tonight, days might pass till anyone reaches my home. One of my house-helps though would have his intermittent and panic filled presence for a few hours in my home, only to provide me with medicines and food. The minute he left, I would be back again to my thoughts of fear and hopelessness.

Throughout this period of time, I would ensure that I followed my doctor’s advice and accordingly take care of myself, as much as possible. I knew it for a fact, that I have to brave through this disease all by myself and I cannot afford to lose faith in myself and the Divine Almighty.

Almost every other day during my quarantine period, I would get a handful of calls from family and friends, asking about my precarious condition and giving me many new advices to be followed. But after one point of time, these calls were honestly getting very tiring and disturbing as I was under severe body pain and a physical condition which did not allow me to even speak to anyone for more than a few seconds.

In the course of my adventures, be it at the edge of the mountains, several metres under the sea or even in disaster relief works where I had encountered the roads breaking apart during earthquakes, life has landed me in many situations where I was stuck between doorways of life and death, but I can guarantee to the world that this was the deadliest and scariest of all.

My only facilitators and rays of hope during these tough times were my five dog babies – who never left my side. They couldn’t utter a word but they knew that their father was really sick and nonetheless waited patiently for me to recover. I would often stare at their faces wondering who would look after them if I am not alive the next morning ? Such thoughts would sometimes charge me up a bit and give me reasons to fight back and stand strong again.

Covid has taken one of my closest friends and colleagues away from me and at my weakest moments, I would often recount the sight of his last moments and that would break me down enormously.

After surpassing several wear and tear in my life, my Covid journey has truly strengthened me to the core and even further as a fighter.

I never intend to scare anybody but at the same time would want to remind how deadly Covid can be. Moreover my biggest takeaway that I would like to share with all is that, “The day one loses hope is the day they take a few steps backward in the battle of life. One can count upon – even on an ultra-thin single ray of hope.”

(Author is a native of Kolkata and is a senior business associate with the Life Insurance Corporation of India. A fitness and adventure freak, he has scaled several peaks of the Himalayas and believes in living life beyond any rules.)

7 thoughts on “The Battle of a Lone Covid Survivor

  1. OMG! You always help others in all situations. Even you came to check my oxygen & was looking sick that day too. Sorry you hv faced so much alone. But God is there🙏Thanks Almighty 🙏

  2. You have understood that the battle you fight is your own, and own only- that’s a victory all by itself. More power to you!

  3. Great Rajiv da. God help those who help themselves and you have proved it with your determination. But at the same time, I am so much angry from you that you didn’t bother to inform me even though I always considered you my friend and really feeling bad that beside I stay just next Building in the same complex where you have helped every individuals based on their requirement during this same pandemic.
    God is really great, help all, but I am not God and I will not forgive you for this ever.
    You have proved yourself and proved our relationship too, otherwise. I am deeply hurt but then too I am happy for you. God bless you always.

  4. Sir , as a mentor you always said to everyone nothing is impossible,in other word every thing is possible if there is an ultra thin hope and practically you have been prove that it’s true.

    I salute your “JOSH & JASHBA”.

    In my word you are a not only a “SURVIVOR” , but also a real life “WARRIOR” too.

    “গুরুদেব আপনার চরণে শতকোটি প্রণাম” 🙏🙏🙏

    1. Your puppies silent prayers have been answered. We join them to celebrate your recovery. Your article conveys the suffering, pain and depression concomitant with Covid. All good wishes from us.

  5. Excellent fight back Rajib. I was completely unaware of the situation. You are a born fighter and you proved the same time and again. I strongly feel this is not the last battle you have won many more to win ahead to set example in front of your followers, friends and family members. Your winning battles will provide us a lot of inspiration & courage to face our own battles. God Bless. Long live.

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