During this last semester, I was still with my classmates. There was this incident that changed my whole point of view. I have a classmate who is a varsity on our college. He really excelled at volleyball so he gets to play on NCAA, Festival matches, friendly school games, and other events. It was not my problem until one day at the lecture, he raised his hand and told the professor “Ma’am, I need to go to the gym now and practice.”
The Professor replied “Sure, You are excused and free to go.”
My seatmate, on the other hand, was having a high fever and unfortunately, our infirmary was undergoing renovations at that time. Itold the professor “Ma’am, si seatmate po may lagnat. Namumutla na po yan kanina pa.”
The professor said “Let her rest, wala tayong clinic ngayon. If she wants, we can take her to the skills lab. Nico, may paracetamol sa drawer ko sa baba sa faculty. Kindly get it for your classmate please.”
Then my sick classmate said to me “Ok na ko dito drei. Malamig sa skills lab di ko kaya dun.”
Seeing my classmate freezing despite the temperature was really getting on my nerves so I raised my hand and told the Professor “Ma’am, baka po pwede natin magamit yung school service. Ihatid na lang po natin siya sa kanilang bahay.”
She replied “Yes, but she can’t be excused. She has to take make-up classes equivalent to the time she will miss in my lecture.” I kept mum and thought….
“Ito ba yung tinuturo sa lecture at duty namin? Dapat ang may sakit eh komportable hindi pinapabayaan.”
Since then, my views about sports and health have changed. My classmate was freezing in the dark, hot, dense classroom stripped of all the comfort she deserved given her condition. I know my professor was just following the school rules; she did not intend to do that to her students because I know how much she loves our section. But how come the varsity player was favored over my sick classmate? My standpoint is as a Human, Catholic, and a Student Nurse, Health comes first before other things. I know that my classmate deserves to be excused with no penalty due to her condition. For me, it’s not the prof but the school rules. Why does a varsity player gets more grades by playing matches while a sick student gets deductions due to unavoidable circumstances?
I have nothing against sports; it is a good thing. However, I’m still asking myself “Ganoon na lang ba talaga ang pagpapahalaga natin sa isports na kelangan matabunan ang Kalusugan?”
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