I was working as a casual Bartender for different companies. Lost all those shifts and got an opportunity to work in quality assurance for a harvest procedure of white grapes in Mildura working monday to sundays 10 hours each day (I’m a biochemist, dietitian and food technologist). That was going to save my life during this chaotic moments.
I was travelling to Mildura today when I was called saying that no externals would be accepted. So my job was cancelled. Even though I have no exposure whatsoever because of the isolation I was forced to be in for almost a year and a half.
I was going to be payed 5300 USD, which translated into more than 9000 aud (but this page does not allow me to select such a high number), that would help me pay all my debt.
Debt that I had because I was sick from December 2018 to February 2020, with something Doctors could not pinpoint due to them not respecting protocols of repeating a test after receiving a negative result for Campylobacter. I came from another country for a working holiday and had to apply for Asylum after this all happened. Lost my fiance as we got separated due to this problematic situation.
For the whole length of 2019 I was not able to eat anything more than olives, oats, oranges, some meat from time to time. Lost 25 kgs, vomited constantly, had diarrhea, white stools, gastrointestinal pain, confusion, hallucinations, epilepsy, developed a stutter, muscle and joint pain, chronic fatigue, slept 14 hrs a day, felt depressed and irritable.
I was sent to different institutions to seek for help, was on the ER on different occasions and hospitals without anyone pinpointing what was wrong with me.
It was so bas that I talked to my parents and an ex psychologist on January about applying in the future to assisted suicide as I could barely cope with life anymore and it was unbearable.
I lost all my savings and got into debt because of all of this. Was finally becoming better since 2 weeks ago after being diagnosed, treated and 2 months of inflammatory side effects as the dead bacteria got flushed of my system. Then all of this happens and no matter what field I go into it gets cancelled. I lost a spot in sales also for a supplement company.
I don’t know what will I do. The only thing that feels good is the entire world being able to understand the isolation and quarantine position I was in for almost a year and a half.
If it has been hard for a couple of days, imagine what it was for me this whole time.