EAU CLAIRE, Wisconsin (WEAU) – COVID-19 continues to grow in Wisconsin, predominating in state hospitals. Many are at full or approaching capacity, including the Marshfield Clinic in Eau Claire.
“We’re thin,” said Daniel Reed, a nurse at the Marshfield Clinic.
Reed says he meets patients of all ages and health backgrounds. Some need oxygen and others are connected to fans.
“I want people to understand that COVID-19 does not discriminate,” Reed said. “I just want the community to understand what̵
Nancy Taylor of Dunn County is recovering from COVID-19 after spending 18 days at the Marshfield Clinic.
Taylor still has trouble breathing and low energy.
“Every day I get stronger. I will use physical therapy for next month, “she said. “I have to think today that I can make lunch, and that’s all I’m doing today. I spend the rest of the day watching TV or reading books because I know that if I do more, I will hurt myself.
Before catching COVID-19, Taylor worked in a grocery store a few days a week and was active around the house. Her experience is a test of the reality of how ruthless the virus can be.
“I was expecting him for a while. I work in a grocery store, so I thought I could get sick, but never get sick, ”says Taylor. “It simply came to our notice then. Dunn County doesn’t invent the numbers, I’m one of those numbers. He is here. “
Healthcare professionals like Reed see the reality of COVID-19 every day in patients like Taylor.
“It’s scary and we take the risk of taking care of your loved ones every day and we do it with a loving heart,” she says.
Taylor says she is grateful to nurses like Reed and hopes people can thank the health workers by celebrating the holidays safely and continuing to take precautions for COVID-19.
“Once I recovered, I saw in my eyes how tired, how worried and overtired they were,” says Taylor.
Reed also says he hopes people will contribute to slowing the spread and easing tensions over our health systems.
“I would like them to be able to see what I see, how sick these patients are, how they are struggling to breathe. I want them to hear the phone calls we get from patients’ families wondering if they can handle it. “
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