Sr. Prescilla Rego SAC is a Indian Pallottine Missionary Sister. Since 2011 she is a member of the South African Province. Professionally she is a Nurse at St. Joseph’s Home for the Chronically ill children in Cape Town, South Africa.
Sr. Precilla presents her life experience especially in this crucial moment of Covid - 19.
Nursing is a truly inspiring and thoroughly rewarding career like no other; however, for all of the amazing things we experience on a daily basis, there are also tough parts to deal with, like stress, long hours and struggling to make time for the community as religious. Yet, despite these struggles, nursing is full of exceptional people that do amazing life changing things.
We do think Profession of Nursing as a spiritual Journey, a caring nature which in one way may also need an extra mile as the world keep on changing. The growth in technology and an increase drastically of various calamities has changed in many ways our mode of working. The COVID - 19, as for many, also for us nurses was a big shock. First of all, it gave us awareness that nursing is not only a profession but also a vocation that calls to save life. When the lockdown began, we nurses did not have a lockdown but were asked to be the frontline in assisting the patients and educating the society on how to protect themselves by following the measures given by the government. This is a vocation! I remember when I contacted corona virus while helping a priest who needed an urgent assistance to get admitted to the hospital. It came so spontaneous that I couldn’t give a second thought, but took courage as a frontline health worker and above all as a religious, with priority to save the life of this priest who was already positive with Covid 19. It is not easy to express myself how I felt when I received the results that I was positive and not only me but also one of my sister in the community. Of course the whole community was in a great anxiety which I believe it was a normal reaction. However, as a human being, I could not help the feelings of sadness and thoughts of being rejected. Thanks be to God I took a quarantine as a moment for me of recollection, putting myself in order into a deep reflection of whom I am and who is God for me! Eventually the quarantine days became a journey of faith renewal and a total surrender to God’s will. He took all my concerns and filled me with peace and calmness. I took time to pray also for all who were affected with this virus physically and economically.
I thank the Almighty God and all who were by my side through prayers and messages of encouragement which made me recover very soon, and continue to serve and care for the wonderful and vulnerable patients. Be passionate about what you do, and strive to do the best. Go the extra mile with your patients, and prove to yourself that you are an inspiring person. By doing this for yourself, you’ll find it easier to be motivated and those around you will be impressed.
Sr. Precilla Rego SAC