MANILA, Philippines — Iza Calzado admitted that besides fighting to recover in the hospital, she also had to keep “dark thoughts” at bay.
The actress said in a DZMM TeleRadyo interview with Karen Davila on Tuesday, April 7, that she was treated not only for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) but also a bacteria.
She was diagnosed with pneumonia prior to receiving her COVID-19 test results and has since tested negative for the infectious disease.
“You question are you going to pull through this, are you going to survive, is this your time? These are the thoughts that really will enter your head,” she said.
“You really just need to keep a hopeful, optimistic and faithful mindset to pull you through these times.”
Calzado said she was surprised at how seriously ill she had become. “When they told they wanted to take me to ICU, it was a complete shock to me. I couldn’t believe it.”
“I felt I was a healthy human being, and then what is this, ICU, intubation. The doctor said if this is COVID, it’s gonna be fast.”
‘I was battling two things’
Before being admitted to the Asian Hospital and Medical Center in Muntinlupa, she said she had been sick for a week.
“It really started from the dryness from my throat, I pushed my body hard, I will not deny it. I was working hard for two months and working out hard as well,” she said.
“The next day I started coughing and by the evening of that Friday, I already had a slight fever which kept progressing.”
Calzado said she avoided taking antibiotics and did vitamin drips, but she lost her appetite and had diarrhea.
She also did not want to take a COVID-19 test at first. “I was too dyahe (embarrassed)