Fadia Reyolds lost her then 31-year-old son, Uriel Orlando Reynolds, in a tragic accident along the Soesdyke-Linden Highway on the fateful evening of Tuesday, January 12, 2021. It was a tragedy that would change her life in ways she never imagined possible. Fadia’s relationship with her beloved son was an exemplary one – a reality which accentuated the pain of his loss. This is her story….
The death of my son is a life sentence of grief. There are also spin-offs from the grief. It all started that dreadful night when my son was killed. As the doctor broke the news to us about our son’s death that night, my body reacted. I started to have weird pains in my head and my heart, and also different parts of my body, but I thought it was all due to the shock of the news. Then in the morning on the day of my son’s funeral, I suddenly lost consciousness. In a very weird way it happened and I never regained consciousness until the next day. Because of that, I did not get to attend my son’s funeral.
I continued to be ill for 16 months. I endured 13 months of misery going back and forth to court where the circus show ended with the defendant walking free…there’s no Justice in Guyana! .
That was the dagger in my heart. It was as if my child was killed for the second time .
I went deeper into grief. I just could not comprehend how the case ended that way.
After months of being ill, I could not bear it anymore and I decided to go to Eureka labs and do an Hb A1C and a cholesterol test. Upon receiving those test results, I discovered that I am a diabetic and also my cholesterol was high.
That was the day once again I had a life-changing experience. I just could not believe that my blood sugar was that high The results was 14. I knew instantly that I had grieved myself into illness .
I went to the doctor. She administered a couple of days of insulin and I am now on metformin, and also tablets for my pressure because that has been high for the longest time, and tablets for my cholesterol.
This is life changing for me. I had my first session of counseling also. Believe me it helped .
I am now making some lifestyle changes for a healthier life.
I will fight this one.
I also lost my Mom 9 months after my son.