That’s how Tootsy Angara captioned an Instagram post April 2, which bore a photo and a video of letters/get-well cards by her kids to their dad, Sen. Sonny Angara, who’s hospitalized due to new coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
The first photo is of one written by their youngest child, Javier, in multicolored pens, which began: “Dear Papa, It’s April 1 tomorrow, in 11 days it’s my birthday. My one and only birthday wish is for you to be home with me, Mama, Kuya and Ate. I love you and hope you get better soon.”
The rest of the letter was the young boy’s planned hourly schedule for his birthday, which includes eating chocolate cake and sharing giveaways, to which his mom wrote in the caption, “I guess I have to prepare giveaways for five people.”
The senator is recovering, he wrote in an Instagram post March 31. His wife confirmed this to Lifestyle via text message on the same day.
Angara was brought to the hospital March 29, just days after receiving his COVID-19 test results. He reportedly experienced mild symptoms—mild cough, sore throat, fever and body pains—and had self-quarantined, though he was later admitted to the hospital for confinement to get proper medical care.
Tootsy wrote of their family’s ordeal in another Instagram post: “As soon as the news came out, some have refused to deliver essentials to our home. A neighbor wished to have us out of the neighborhood. And I don’t blame them.”
However, she added, other neighbors treated them with kindness, as their entire household had to be under quarantine and couldn’t step out to get supplies.
“Family and friends sent us drinking water when we ran out. They sent us oxygen, too . . . Some sent us fruits, vegetables, medical supplies, cleaning aids, vitamins for our household . . . ” Others sent home-cooked food, canned goods and other essentials, she wrote.
“To the doctors and front-liners who are caring for Sonny and all others affected, we are so, so grateful.”
She also expressed her sadness about not being able to care for her husband in his sickbed, “and he has to go through this physically alone.”
“I miss my Sonny boy . . . It was sad I couldn’t give him a tight hug to say it was going to be okay when he got his results . . . I miss him a lot and don’t know what I can do to help. But I choose to be strong . . . I have faith God will help him get through this. When I feel sad or scared, I pray the rosary by myself or with other ladies on Zoom or listen to online Masses. The kids and I have to stay healthy physically and spiritually . . . with God’s healing power we will have our dearest strong, healthy and funny Papi back.” INQ