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Written by on July 1, 2021

Story by Chuck Tackett

Hey everybody, I’m back !!! Thanks so very much for the numerous well wishes, positive vibes, and prayers while I was ill with COVID-19. When my brother John was able to visit me in rehab, he would tell me all about your messages of support. I came home on June 8th after entering KU Hospital on March 1st. I was a little overwhelmed when I arrived home. For a few minutes, I had to get used to my surroundings. I also had to get re-acquainted with some of our electronics for instance the TV remote control and our laptop computer. It was so strange sleeping in my own bed again. Even though I knew I was home, I still felt like I was in a foreign place.

When I contracted COVID-19, I was informed by some of the KU Hospital doctors, nurses that it didn’t attack my lungs as severely as with some patients they had seen. My brother John told me they had to put me on oxygen for 36 hours as a precaution to prevent me from catching pneumonia. I don’t remember much about my month’s stay at KU Hospital or my 1st week in rehab. I know I spent over 2 months in rehab learning to walk again and increasing my endurance even though I am not 100% complete yet. That will improve with time coupled with outpatient physical therapy, riding my stationary bike, and increasing my endurance with my nightly calisthenics.

It was shocking to me to a lot of the medical personnel, physical/occupational therapists, and housekeeping were fellow COVID-19 survivors. They put in very long hours and are altruistic in their concern for their patients. That is why it angers me about how some folks are willfully ignorant when it comes to this vicious disease. They lie to themselves claiming it is nothing but the flu. Some on their death beds still hold on to the lie. Their carelessness just increases the workload for nurses, doctors, and other medical personnel. Their selfishness affects other patients who are not in the hospital because of COVID-19.

I am eternally grateful to the medical personnel that treated me. A few of them were Chuck’s Chat readers. They recognized me from my weekly articles. That was a pleasant surprise for me.

I felt I took all the precautions to prevent getting COVID-19. When I contracted it, I was just a few days from getting my 2nd vaccination shot. That sucked. I am fully vaccinated now. I received my shots while I was in rehab. I am so thankful they provided that service. When I received my first vaccination shot in early February, I had to stand in line for about an hour and a half. I was worried because I was crippled. There would be no way I could stand in line with that.

This pandemic is no joke. Do all that you can to lessen your chance of contracting it. Get vaccinated, be careful, and don’t let your guard down. Again, thank you all so very, very much for your support while I was ill. I will try to do Chuck’s Chat weekly, but until I get 100% complete, sometimes it may be bi-weekly.

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  1. John Valverde   On   July 1, 2021 at 7:20 am

    I am so relieved and grateful to know your on the mend. Your brother John was so helpful at allaying our fears.

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