Veda Krishnamurthy Recalls COVID-19 Trauma.
Veda Krishnamurthy, a cricketer for the Indian women’s team Veda Krishnamurthy, “completely destroyed” after losing her mother and sister to COVID-19, says she is slowly learning to get out of that pain and emphasized the importance of mental health assistance in crisis situations. (More cricket news)
Nine members of Krishnamurthy’s family battled the disease and his mother and sister passed away two weeks apart last month in Karnataka.
“I’m a big believer in what fate has in store for you, but I really hoped my sister would come home. When she didn’t, I was completely destroyed. We were all smashed,” Krishnamurthy told ‘ESPNcricinfo. ‘in a lengthy post detailing her trauma.
“… I still had to put on a brave face for the rest of the family. What I had to do in those two weeks of testing was learn to disconnect from my pain. But it keeps coming back to haunt you,” she said.
The middle-order hitter said she was the only one in the family who did not contract the virus and ended up coordinating all medical needs at the time. It was then that she realized how difficult it would have been for other people to access basic care.
“Checking my Twitter account at the time, I felt like a lot of people were struggling with something as basic as getting a doctor to instruct them on what they should do, be it isolate themselves at home or something else,” he recalled.
Speaking about the mental aspect of dealing with a health crisis and the ensuing tragedy of such magnitude, Krishnamurthy said that his mother and sister also suffered from anxiety while battling the disease.
“Mental strength is important. My older sister, Vatsala, had panic attacks before she passed away from COVID,” the 28-year-old said.
“My mother may have panicked too, because the night before she died from the virus, in my hometown of Kadur, about 230 km northwest of Bangalore, she found out that all the other family members had tested positive. including children. I don’t know, but maybe that affected her, “he said.
Krishnamurthy revealed that he has dealt with his own mental health problems in the past and called for a structured support system for those in need.
“Many people who play cricket today know what mental health is, but it is also important to accept that if the system is not doing anything to offer you mental health assistance, you can and should find support for yourself if you want to. You can. afford it.
“I have had mental health problems and have sought support to solve them myself.”
Krishnamurthy, who has played 48 ODIs and 76 T20 Internationals, was excluded from the Indian team for this month’s tour of England, where the team is scheduled to play one Test, three ODIs, and as many Twenty20 games.
The BCCI had received criticism from various quarters for failing to keep in touch with the dueling player, after which Krishnamurthy received a phone call from Board Secretary Jay Shah.
“I am not upset with the people who did not call or text me. I appreciate everyone who helped me.
“I got a call from the BCCI secretary, which I was not expecting, to be honest. He said that when he is in Bangalore, he will visit me,” he said.
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