In the Baptist New Global they had a disturbing article about someone dealing with COVID-19. How she became infected and how she died isolated and alone. Its hard to read but the op-ed points to how the United States needs to take better care of seniors. And from my point of view it also illustrates why the COVID-19 virus needs to be taken seriously. A virus will not discriminate between young and old. Black or white. A virus like this doesn’t care and will leave a lot of death in its wake.
“Where you used to be, there is a hole in the world, which I find myself constantly walking around in the daytime, and falling in at night. I miss you like hell.”
Edna St. Vincent Millay
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
Matthew 5:4 NIV
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Several weeks ago I took a phone call from a friend of mine who I was planning to visit in Kansas for Memorial Day. I was preparing to buy my plane ticket when the COVID-19 pandemic rolled across the United States. My friend shared something painful with me. And it was hard to listen to. His grandfather died of COVID-19 in Chicago. He was doing well and in a senior care center and there was an outbreak of the coronavirus. He became infected and was transferred to a hospital. His health declined rapidly and due to the contagious nature of the coronavirus they could not be by his side as he was dying. His death happened quickly and his family was stunned by how fast it came and how his health broke down quickly. My heart broke for my friend who I call James Crestwood (pseudonym) at this blog. They couldn’t plan a funeral because of social distancing issues at the time and we have not spoken since this was shared. I felt sick and numb and remain stunned by how many people I know who have contracted the cornavirus – and yes I know families or friends who lost relatives or acquaintances. It is disturbing and shocking.
This morning I read a troubling article that sickened me but I felt that it needed to be published as a stand alone blog post. In the Baptist News Global Clarissa writes of her sister’s death of COVID-19. Nan Durrett died isolated and alone. And as Clarissa writes the COVID-19 pandemic has revealed the flaws of how seniors are taken care of in the United States. This is a hard read, but people need to process stories like this to understand the issues with senior care and how deadly the COVID-19 pandemic is in this country. You can read the article in, “My sister died – alone – from COVID-19. Her story, like others, calls for reform in our system of senior care.”