Angelica Panganiban tearfully recalled her COVID-19 experience, pointing out how painful it was to have been forced to isolate from her baby daughter Amila and her fiance, businessman Gregg Homan to avoid infecting them with the virus.
In her latest YouTube vlog, the new mom couldn't help but shed some tears as she detailed what she went through in her COVID-19 journey.
"Una kong ginawa, tinawagan ko 'yung doctor ng anak ko, asking kung ano 'yung pwede kong gawin para hindi ko siya mahawaan and si Gregg. Sinabihan naman niya ako na magpump na lang muna ako at mag-bottle feed," Angelica explained.
The 36-year-old actress said she could fight through the sickness, but the entire situation was still difficult and painful for her.
"Hindi ko maalagaan 'yung bata. Hindi ko mahawakan. Parang torture," she said as tears welled up from her eyes. "Parang mas mahirap pa 'yun sa nararamdaman kong sakit, pero kailangan magsakripisyo na ilang araw lang naman sana, na hindi ko makakasama 'yung anak ko atsaka si Gregg."
The local star added that her body pain made things even worse for her. "Sobrang sama na ng pakiramdam ko, parang ang hapdi hapdi na ng balat ko sa init. Nahihirapan akong kumain, nahihirapan akong umupo," she said.
COVID-19 left Angelica with a lot of realizations not only about COVID-19 but also the importance of rest. "Baka this is also a reminder na nandiyan pa rin talaga 'yung virus, kailangan pa rin nating mag-take ng precautions, kailangan pa rin nating mag-ingat."
"Naisip ko nga rin na baka i-grab ko na rin 'tong opportunity na ito para makapagpahinga. Magmula noong nanganak ako, hindi naman na ako nakapagpahinga, hindi na ako nakalagpas ng walong oras na tulog. May silver lining pa rin naman ang lahat ng ito," she said.
Near the end of the video, Angelica revealed that she has tested negative and is back to breastfeeding her little bundle of joy.
"I'm so happy. Pero syempre kahit negative na ako, gusto ko pa rin mag-mask. Siguro hangga't may nararamdaman akong parang sipon, hindi muna ako magtatanggal ng mask. Wala munang paghalik-halik sa baby, ikokontrol ko pa rin 'yung panggigigil ko," Angelica said.
Angelica and Gregg welcomed Baby Amila in September last year. The couple announced they were expecting their first child in March, and shared their baby's gender in a vlog in June.