COVID Day 5: Breakthrough

9:03 a.m.

Despite the comforts of a hotel room, the crankiness is setting in. There’s a small window that brings in very little sunshine and not much else. Meals are a soulless experience when I can’t taste or smell anything. I’m trying to keep busy, but it’s very slow-going because I tire easily and need frequent breaks.

Part of having COVID isn’t just dealing with the symptoms—it’s a mental struggle.

3:18 p.m.

When I received this lovely care package from Chyrel, I never expected it would be the bearer of great news. As it was, the moment I flipped open the scented soy wax candle, I was hit with the unmistakable scent of something (Seabreeze, it says on the tin).

It was the very first thing I’ve smelled in over a week, one that didn’t leave me wondering if my mind was playing tricks. My sense of smell is still definitely a bit muted, as evidenced by the second thing I tried to sniff—a bottle of my brother’s unhealthy habit, Maggi Savor—but I’ll take it as a win.

Now, if there was any sign of my taste buds, that would be great.

Cebu vs. COVID-19 Resources:

Numbers and details change often, so I’m linking to pages instead where you can check for updated information.

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