COVID Continues

I was informed that my father’s aunt, my great aunt, passed away from COVID on December 30. She was admitted to the hospital on December 2nd, along with her husband. They were both residing in a continuing care facility and had been confined to their room in the facility since April.

Her husband is still in hospital.

My great aunt overcame both breast cancer and ovarian cancer in her lifetime and had been an otherwise healthy person for 20+ years. After having children she went to work as a paramedic and spent most of her life looking after others. She was a strong, confident, intelligent woman who always had a smile on her face and ALWAYS had peppermint cookies whenever we went to visit her. I’m pretty sure she had an endless supply.

Her and her husband moved into the continuing care facility in July of 2019. The last I visited them was in April of 2019, just three months before moving into the facility. They were excited they were accepted to be able to move into the facility and believed that being in the there was going to eliminate a lot of their worry about aging and taking care of themselves and one another.

She was elderly, yes. But she didn’t have to die. And I really hate people who make it seem like it’s okay that it’s fine that elderly people have lived long enough. She could’ve had years ahead of her, watching her grandkids grow up, giving them oodles of peppermint cookies in that time.

My father’s Uncle, my great Uncle, is still in hospital. The doctors and nurses have been using Ipads to regularly call his children, my father’s cousins, on FaceTime so that he can see familiar faces in hopes that it’ll help him fight and get through this. They haven’t been able to speak with him since the 30th, when he learned his wife had passed, though.

I am really hoping that he pulls through this. He’s a very strong man. His story shouldn’t have to end because of COVID.

66 thoughts on “COVID Continues

    1. Thank You.
      I definitely haven’t left my house, so I am safe. I just hope everyone else stays as safe as possible. I hate that people are losing their lives to this virus.

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  1. I’m so sorry for your loss. My grandfather died in August due to COVID-19 he’d gotten while in a nursing home, so your great-aunt’s case hit close to home. My grandmother was able to recover, and I hope your great-uncle will, too. Stay strong, V.

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    1. No one deserves this.
      I can’t imagine what my great uncle is going through right now being in hospital fighting COVID knowing his wife has just passed away. It’s got to be absolutely unbearable pain.

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    1. Thank you for your prayers. We’re really hoping he’s able to pull through. I don’t know how his kids and grandkids would with losing them both so close together.

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  2. I’m so sorry for your loss. And I hope your granduncle pulls through ok.

    It’s stuff like this that really makes me cross ‘oh COVID isn’t so bad, it only takes the elderly and vulnerable’ well guess what, they are people too, who have a right to live a life as well as they are able to! 😡

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    1. You speak the truth. They are people too and they need to be protected. People who toss aside the elderly as though they’re expendable really make me sick.

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  3. Clicking “like” doesn’t seem right, but it’s the only option. I am so sorry to read about your Greatt aunt and I agree that being older doesn’t make it alright for someone to die. Not if they had been healthy and had quality of life which it seems your aunt did. I am very sad for her husband. It must be devastating for him. So sorry, V.

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  4. I am sorry about your loss and I hope that her husband recovers.I hate all the excuses about if you have preexisting conditions or if you are old you should die or suppose to die.That is terrible. I don’t understand this horrible virus.Who created this agony, so much .I wish him speedy recovery. I hope that they can hurry up with vaccination immediately and vaccinate so many people.

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    1. I want everyone to be vaccinated, but I also don’t want them to rush vaccinations because I don’t want mistakes made. I don’t want people missed. You know what I mean? I also wonder if vaccines are helpful if you’ve already had the virus, like him. Or if he’s susceptible to getting it again, if he manages to recover. So many unanswered questions.

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      1. It will be good to ask his healthcare provider, if he is temporary immune since he already had COVID19. Or it is okay for him to get vaccinated because they know his condition,we don’t.His healthcare provider are in the position to provide you with all the needed information. Thanks

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  5. Argh, I’m really sorry. It must just be so frustrating— because you’re right, they didn’t have to die, as so many people haven’t. It’s difficult not to just despair at the unnecessary deaths and want to lose faith in life and people. I just keep myself in a state of suspended disbelief.

    It was a nice story about the cookies. I really hope that your great Uncle gets to speak to family soon. 💙

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    1. My dad’s cousin said they spoke with him today on FaceTime. He’s heartbroken and beside himself, laying in the hospital alone right now. It’s pretty sad all around. We’re hoping he gets better soon.

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      1. Jesus, that’s so awful, heartbreaking to hear. It’s a worst nightmare. So many stories of things like this that I’ve heard through the news are just so unbelievably sad. A lot of people are going to be traumatised.

        I hope he gets more opportunities to speak with relatives.

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  6. This makes me so sad and I agree with you 100%. Just because someone is elderly (or simply older) doesn’t make them expendable. I’m so sorry for your loss and that of your Great Uncle. He must be devastated and now he’s alone. ((hugs)) to all. xo

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    1. No one should be treated as expendable. Regardless of their age, status, medical conditions or anything. The past twelve months really changed the way I see people in this world, and how many people treat others as expendable. It’s really sad.

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      1. It’s very sad but it also goes with the thinking of ‘it’s not going to happen to me’. There’s an ignorance and denial involved but I’m in full agreement with you.

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  7. My deepest condolences V 🙏 The lesson I am taking from all of this is to enjoy the precious moments we have with our loved ones ❤ I am witnessing first hand the regret at life lost and not shown gratitude for until the loss. My Mom is devastated by my Dad’s passing as I am sure you and your family are by the loss of your Great Aunt.. That’s why I am ever more focused on spreading love, kindness and compassion. Our world really needs it more than ever💗

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    1. I can’t even imagine what it’s like. Your parents were together for sooo long. It must feel like half of her soul is missing. I reckon that’s how my great uncle feels now too. This is just such an awful virus. The world needs more selflessness.

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      1. Yes, it’s heavy here at times. You know me by now and I always look for the lesson. The virus is a wake up call from the Universe for us to care for Mother Earth, climate change, all living creatures and to come together one and all in love and acceptance. The sacrifices been made are so great. It’s easy to be angry, sad and frustrated yet once all those wash through, as emotions do, seeing the truth in this experience is where I find myself. I vow to be the change I wish to see by living an intentional heart centered life of love❤

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  8. I also hate when people shrug it off when the senior population experiences illness and death more than other demographics. I am very sorry for your loss. A newly-retired former coworker of mine recently passed away from complications; no matter the age of the person, it’s devastating 💔

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    1. It is devastating. I’m so sorry for your loss. Life is so precious and I really hate when people treat others as though they’re expendable.

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  9. So sorry to hear this sad news. Yes there is never a ‘long enough’ to live when it comes to life. It’s sooo bad when people seem to excuse death just because the person is older. Heartless really. Prayers for your great uncle and many blessings.

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    1. You’re so right. It is absolutely heartless.
      We’re really hoping my Uncle pulls through. His son said he’s worried that his dad won’t fight as hard anymore because his wife is gone and he’s dealing with a broken heart. I really hope that’s not the case. He’s been in the hospital for a month now and he’s completely alone. It’s hard to say how that would affect someone.

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  10. Hope your uncles pulls through. Sorry about your aunt. I think if someone can live as long as possible it is a beautiful thing for the family and for them. I don’t like it when people say they are old its okay.. it isn’t. I always want to say, we won’t stay young forever.

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    1. I agree. It drives me crazy when people non-chalantly say ‘oh they were old so it’s fine’ and I feel like that’s been happening a lot this past year. People are treating the elderly as though their lives are expendable and it’s not cool and not fair.

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  11. Hey, V, did you turn off comments? The last few posts don’t have them. I can see why you might have done so, but I did want to commiserate about the annoying qualities of lifestyle influencers.

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  12. Very sorry for your loss. Of course, I don’t know either you or your great aunt. Far too many lives lost in the last 10 months, many of them – I believe – unnecessarily, every one of them tragic for their families and friends.

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