ALKEN, Belgium –
Sucking in a little oxygen can still make her lungs process, Diane Weeken will not back down in her fight against a disease that has been killing tens of weeks worldwide. A lot was still waiting for him.
“It kept rolling in my head: I need to keep it alive. I still want to go back home, ”she said, recalling the dark days in the intensive care unit of Belgium a few weeks ago. “Before I slipped into the night, I would definitely stay awake for a while so that I could still be alive. And I was hoping that I would wake up in the morning.
Trapped behind a claustrophobic shield she covers her entire head, she sometimes wakes up from a sleep in a half-panic about whether she has left enough pills in the box for her husband’s home that Parkinson’s and early dementia. Are plagued with
He eventually defeated COVID-19 after three weeks of hospitalization, including 16 days in the ICU. She is reunited with husband Francesco, and is recovering at her son’s home. No hugs yet, as 61-year-old Weeken is largely ensconced in her room, keeping in mind the arm’s length from her husband, who is not quite fathomable. Eye contact alone, however, is worth it.
In a hoarse voice and still struggling to breathe 100% normally, Wien has a telling lesson for all those who are trying to get back from the debilitating disease that has already taken over the world. Have killed at least 200,000 people across and infected millions.
“For all of you: keep the fight going. It’s worth it,” he said. “Quick, it’s tough. But when I see the result, I’m telling everyone: Go for it.” Worldwide. For almost all the people who fight his battle, there is waiting for family, waiting for friends, waiting for loved ones.
Before the coronovirus put him close to the door of death, Veenan already knew how hard life could be. He had sold shoes, cleaned offices, married a young coal miner, whose father had come from the La Spezia region of Italy in the post-Great War immigration movement of Europe. The closure of the mines in eastern Belgium was difficult, but her husband developed Parkinson’s disease at the age of 38 and, a year earlier, developed dementia early. She herself was battling cancer five years ago.
“He went through a lot,” his son Frederick Taramachi said.
Nevertheless, the coronovirus unknowingly caught him. She had already eaten fever and cough with painkillers and syrup, when it suddenly came back a week later. The province of Limburg is the epicenter of coronovirus in Belgium and was the perfect smack in the middle.
She went for a checkup on April 3, and by the time she arrived at Jessa Hospital in Hasselt City, “I couldn’t tell the doctor anything because I wasn’t breathing.” The doctor had only one option, she said. “Straight to the emergency ward.”
Tensions were intense at Jessa, one of Belgium’s main hospitals, about 80 kilometers (50 mi) east of Brussels. Within 24 hours, there will be cases ranging from 257 to 343 cases in Limburg province.
Frightened by the drug and terrified of death during the first few days, thoughts often drifted to her husband. “I didn’t realize all the things that were happening, but it shot through my head: what would that be like?”
“They always said: जिसThe day you won’t be there, I want to go too. ‘I said to myself: Because I had to pull because I really don’t want both of us to die.”
By that time Frederico and his wife, Tania, were already taking care of her husband, a natural extension of a family bond. It was feared that Francesco would do the same, but, Frederick said, “I didn’t think twice. My parents have always taken good care of me.”
Unlike the families of more than 200,000 victims, it can rejoice. But the road to return is still long. Leaving the ICU for a regular room was a victory, but then the physio had to start.
“I was feeling dizzy, I was not getting my balance and my breath was bloating,” she said. At first, simply standing up was an attempt, proof of what the virus had done to his lungs. Words were panting.
Medical staff know the challenges very well.
“They need a few months of rehabilitation because they are very weak. His muscles have melted. And it is more than other diseases, ”Dr. of Jess Hospital. Luke Jamar said.
Gradually his excitement and encouragement returned and last week, he was let out of his wheelchair and into his son’s car at his home for further recovery and physio.
The time has also come to look to the future and what the virus has taught him.
Generations apart. “I have learned that I have to take care of better things. His medicine was always kept in two boxes. If they were over, ”he said, his voice stopped. “Now I know I need to write all this.”
The latest family mood for Frederico reinforced his faith in Carp Diem. “You have to make the most of every day because, who knows what tomorrow brings.”
Weeken will seize his day soon. The day she will be allowed to touch and hug her beloved again will be on the eve of Belgian Mother’s Day.
“This will be the biggest Mother’s Day I’ve ever had – or that I’ll ever have.”
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