Health workers to mark another Mother’s Day away from children

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ISTANBUL

On the front lines in the fight against the coronavirus, dedicated healthcare workers will have a second Mother’s Day away from their children, yearning for a pure hug and kiss.

Since the coronavirus epidemic, healthcare workers have faced two options to prevent the risk of transmission: live a life apart from their family or live a self-isolated life in the same house.

The forced situation separates the children from their parents and the desire manifests itself more as Mother’s Day approaches.

Yesim Selcuk Tasdemir, a nurse in an intensive care unit at a hospital in Istanbul, is among the mothers who have been fighting the coronavirus on the front line for about a year.

She left her son to her relatives to take care of him who was only one year old when Tasdemir took the front line.

“I have a child who is now 2.5 years old. I had to stay away from him while I worked in the COVID intensive care unit. It was so difficult.

Tasdemir said that when she contracted the virus, she lost her sense of taste and smell, but the only thing she asked of her husband was a piece of clothing from her son.

“When I regained my sense of smell, I wanted to smell it first,” she recalls.

Later, Tasdemir’s grandson was also infected with the virus after one of his family members tested positive.

“Then I realized more clearly that I wasn’t worried about myself at all and that the fact that he caught the virus had worn me out a lot more,” she said.

We miss our children and parents, she said, adding: “We feel bitter, we won’t be able to hug or kiss each other. [our children]. “

Tasdemir said she hopes to talk about good things next Mother’s Day.

Missing odor from children

Zeliha Gurlek Ustabasi, a doctor at the same hospital, said she loved her job but they had been going through a very difficult time for the past year and a half and sometimes felt inadequate as a doctor.

With their ongoing struggle both in the hospital and at home, she said they go to great lengths not to infect their children and loved ones.

Ustabasi said her mother was looking after her two children, aged four and six.

“I couldn’t play with my children for a long time. The smell of [your] kids are something you really miss, ”she said.

Stressing that the virus has claimed the lives of many young people, she urged people to comply with measures to stay coronavirus free.

* Written by Sena Guler in Ankara

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