It was called “the furnace” by hospital staff – last room in the corridor, without air conditioning in hot Milanese summer, windows sealed due to COVID 19 safety measures, making it hard to breathe even for someone healthy. Sushama Swarup Sahai, age 71, was alone in that room battling COVID 19 and pneumonia, struggling to breathe – yet, relieved to be in a hospital at last!
June 2020. Hospitals were admitting only the most critical of COVID cases. Both Sushama Swarup & her husband had tested COVID positive. Her husband had severe symptoms and was admitted but she was sent back home.
In isolation, at home all alone, her condition rapidly deteriorated. She recalls the next days as the most challenging time of her life. No one was allowed to visit. Her children were overseas & used to take turns to monitor her through video calls. The hospital was still not ensuring her a bed!
Sushama Swarup realized that this was a matter of survival. She had to rely on her own faculties to come out of this situation and could not go into a panic mode. She asked her family physician to drop off prescribed shots which she learnt to administer herself. At the end of day 5, she knew she needed medical treatment and decided to call an ambulance from another hospital.
Once at the hospital, Sushama Swarup was optimistic that she will recover. She chose to place her full faith in the doctors, which helped her to let go of anxiety and stay composed.
Years of experience with positive psychology had trained her to see the good in every situation. As a psychologist and counselor, Sushma Swarup believed that EVERY PROBLEM HAS A SOLUTION and HARDSHIPS BRING OUT YOUR UNTAPPED POTENTIAL.
Even then, undergoing treatment, low on energy, stuck in a small hospital room without ventilation, she was alert and did not give up looking for solutions. Soon she located a small vent in the attached bathroom. Keeping the connecting door open, a whiff of fresh air reached her and she used that to keep herself going for 15 days in that room!
AT THE AGE OF 71, Sushama Swarup Sahai DEFEATED COVID-19 AND OVERCAME ONE OF THE MOST CHALLENGING TIMES OF HER LIFE THROUGH POSITIVITY, WILL-POWER AND PRESENCE OF MIND.
She shares her message for people facing hardships:
?♀️ Do not panic – Use all your faculties to find a solution
?♀️ Be brave – Believe that you can overcome any problem
?♀️ Never give up – Discover your InnerStrength & fighting spirit
?♀️ Be curious – See the good in all situations
?♀️ Have faith in others – it will bring you peace of mind