A Young Doctor with COVID-19 Is Holding a Sneaker Auction to Raise Funds
As the pandemic stretches on, becoming the new reality for the world, you settle into a routine. Stay at home, report for work, stream a movie, wear a mask, buy food, wash your hands, try to sleep. The normal rhythm of life takes over, making you forget.
Right now, there are almost 50,000 people fighting for their lives in hospital beds around the Philippines. COVID-19 is stealthy and unforgiving and the consequences of catching it are chaotic and serious. It acts quietly and often swiftly.
What Happens When a Medical Frontliner Catches COVID-19
A 28-year-old doctor contracted COVID-19, was admitted to the hospital on August 16, and then, three days later, found out his father, also a doctor, caught it, too. His dad most likely caught it from him because, he says, they were in the same house. So he and his dad were both in the ICU but at different hospitals. And after four days, his father died.
Now, the young doctor, who requested to remain anonymous because he wants to avoid stress, has been in a government hospital for five weeks, and the reality has set in. His dad died and he’s dealing with that. His recovery is slow and he needs to stay in the hospital for two more weeks. Also, he needs money to support his family.
To be clear, the medical frontliner says his hospital expenses are covered (PhilHealth foots the medical bills of health workers), but the other bills, those tied to everyday living (the rent, the utilities, the future), don’t stop just because you’ve caught the disease.
His situation is this: He’s a doctor in residency who earns just enough for his family. He’s a dad to a three-year-old daughter who will start school next year. His wife is also a doctor, but she provides for her own family. His brother, also a doctor in training, helps out, too.
“To be honest, I feel helpless. My brother takes care of everything. My wife works. I don’t do anything,” the doctor shares over the phone. He pauses to gulp in air and breathes raggedly as he continues speaking. “There are lots of problems. At the hospital, you can’t do anything. You need to rest.” he says. “You don’t have options.”
For the doctor, there’s a nagging feeling that he should figure this out and “be the provider” because he is the head of the family.
How the Sneaker Auction for a Frontliner Works
The doctor was looking for a way to solve his money problem when his fraternity suggested a sneaker auction. He collects sneakers, but he’s not a big-time collector. Through the friend from whom he buys his shoes, he was connected to a serious collector, who then offered his sneakers (nine pairs, to be exact) for the auction. All are deadstock, as in they’ve never been used.
If you want to help out and get a hype never-been-worn sneaker (or the other way around), here are the quick details: Two sneaker auctions will happen this week, the first of which starts today, September 22, Tuesday, at 1 p.m. The shoes under the hammer include a Yeezy 350 Butter V2, a Jordan Retro Supreme Desert Camo, and a Yeezy Boost 350 V2 Static Reflective.
The next sneaker auction will be on September 25, Friday, at 1 p.m. The sneakers for this batch include a Yeezy 350 Hyperspace V2, a Jordan 5 Retro Off-White Black, and an Air Jordan 1 Retro High 85 Varsity Red 1985.
Posting of bids starts at 1 p.m. and ends at 11:59 p.m. of the next day. Starting bids will be shared on the “Shoe Auction for Cause for a Frontliner” Facebook and Instagram pages, where all the details, including the sneaker sizes, are also found.
What a COVID-19 Patient Wants You to Remember
The doctor leaves you with this important message, the things you may be forgetting about COVID-19:
“Don’t underestimate COVID-19. I am a doctor, who’s was protected. I wore and used all the protective gear, and even if I wasn’t exposed to COVID-19, I still got it.
“My advice: Please do proper precautions. It’s not just wearing face masks. It’s proper hygiene, social distancing, everything. Just one is not the solution.
“You have to do everything you can because it’s not a joke. I don’t want people to experience what I’ve experienced. It’s heartbreaking. It’s like a part of my soul was taken away from me.”