- Iza Calzado has now recovered from the COVID-19 disease
- The actress shared her realizations about life after recovery
During her interview on Magandang Buhay last Monday, Iza Calzado became emotional as she shared her realizations after battling COVID-19.
Iza was hospitalized on March 25 and tested positive for the disease on March 28 as confirmed by her manager Noel Ferrer. On March 30, results showed that the actress has now tested negative for COVID-19.
The actress shared that she had fever, cough, and loss of appetite when she contracted the illness.
“Kasi ‘yun ‘yung time na sabi nila limited ‘yung test kit. So parang diyahe kasi baka sabihin nila, ayan ‘yung artista tapos uunahin kasi artista siya. So diyahe talaga ako na ayaw ko na makigulo sa ospital, alam kong maraming mas nangangailangan. Pero sa ganung punto pala, kailangan mo din isipin ang sarili mo,” she said.
Aside from COVID-19, Iza revealed that her lungs was also infected by a bacteria called Acinetobacter Baumannii.
“Ito po ay hindi COVID. Ito po ay isang bacteria na hindi namin alam kung ‘yun ba ay dala-dala ko na nung pumasok ako sa ospital or it could have been something I got nung pumasok ako sa ospital,” she said.
“Hindi pa siya COVID. Siyempre wala pa ‘yung results mo. Hindi pa agad-agad. The minute you get to the hospital, they will start treating you for COVID. So kumbaga, day 3, nagco-COVID meds na ako. Sa totoo lang, kung COVID lang ang binattle ko, mahirap siya pero mas lumala dahil dito sa bacteria. Dalawa na ‘yung nilalabanan kasi nasa lungs ko din ‘yung bacteria,” she added.
Due to the bacteria found in her lungs,the 36-year-old actress had to take antibiotics which triggered her allergies.
“Hindi nila alam if [the bacteria in my lungs] is the one causing your pneumonia or is it COVID. Naka-COVID medications na ako pero nung dumating ito, they had to give me matitinding antibiotics. Umabot sa point na tatlo [‘yung iniinom ko] pero ‘yung isa, I had a very bad reaction. Hindi ko naramdaman ‘yung bunganga ko, mouth, lips, tongue,” she said.
As she battled the disease, Iza emotionally narrated about her realizations.
“May moment talaga na akala ko ito na kasi hindi ako makahinga. Sabi ko, Lord, ito na ba ‘yon? Parang, ito na ‘yun, this is how it ends. Tapos naisip ko lahat ng pinagdaanan ko sa buhay, which is quite interesting as well. So sabi ko parang ang dami kong pinagdaanan sa buhay para dito magtapos. Immediately, sabi ko no, hindi ganito magtatapos ang buhay ko. Hindi dito,” she said..
“I’ve experienced mga trying moments pero ito talaga clearly, Lord why me? Tapos immediately, may sumagot. Para siyang a voice in my head, ‘Why not? It had to be you. You’re being used.’ Kumbaga kung ang Diyos ang nagsasalita, ‘Anak, I’ve called you and I want to use you.’ So sabi ko na lang okay, tinanggap ko,” she said.
“If you’re faced with a life and death situation, ‘yung mga material na bagay walang maitutulong. Hindi natin puwedeng i-deny na, of course, I was being taken care of in a nice hospital. If you think about it, sasabihin ng tao, ‘Mayaman ka and may pera ka pang ospital.’ I wish everybody may access doon. Wala sanang Pilipino na hindi puwedeng makapunta ng ospital at kailangan isipin na wala silang pambayad kaya hindi sila pupunta ng ospital,” she said.
The actress then thanked her husband, doctors, and nurses who took care of her along the way.
“Every single person, they went above and beyond. ‘Yung pag-alaga nila sa akin, hinding hindi ko makakalimutan. Nag-iiyakan kami nung ibang nurse at doctor doon nung sinabi ngang baka ma-ICU. May kukuha doon ng dugo ko. May nagsabi, ‘Miss Iza, ikaw si Sangre Amihan, matatalo mo ‘to,’” she said.
On her first social media post on Monday after her recovery, Iza expressed her gratefulness to those who showed love and support to her including her family, friends, and frontliners who attended to her.
“I know that so many of you sent your love and support and I want to express my heartfelt gratitude to all of you. Please know that even if I didn’t get to read all the messages, I felt the love and good energy and that you helped me pull through one of the darkest moments of my life. Everything by God’s grace, of course, but your prayers did so much for me. I hope in some way, I can pay it forward,” she said.
Iza also made a pre-recorded message which was aired on “ASAP Natin ‘To” on Sunday to expressed her heartfelt thanks to all who supported and prayed for her. She also urged others to unite and pray until the end of the viral outbreak in the country.
“Gusto kong magpasalamat sa inyong lahat, sa inyong tulong at sa inyong dasal. Sana po ay patuloy tayong magdasal at lumaban dahil kasama po ang ating mga frontliners, sama-sama tayong magdadamayan bilang Pilipino,” she said.