Critical COVID Survivor Jerry Greenwood Is Still ‘Fighting Every Day’ – WCCO

MORA, Minn. (WCCO) — He went from among the Twin Cities’ most crucial COVID clients to endure to a 54-year-old Mora male still having a hard time to breathe.

Jerry Greenwood reviewed his more than 100 days in the medical facility and his unpredictable future.

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“They come in with your file and they just shake their head. They can’t believe you’re here,” Greenwood stated of his medical professionals who see him now.

Having a discussion resting on his living space sofa in Mora appeared away a couple of months earlier.

“Yeah his file is pretty big. Everyone wants to listen to his lungs,” his spouse Lila Greenwood joked.

Jerry Greenwood’s battle with COVID-19 was recorded through images that caught the harsh truth of a pandemic that, for months, they’d worked to prevent.

“Hand sanitizer. Going out very little, just to shop and come back,” Lila Greenwood stated.

A long time service supervisor at a regional vehicle dealer and a diabetic, Jerry’s whole household ended up being contaminated last November. They all managed with moderate signs.

“So, I thought well, that’s what I’m going to go through. But, it hit me in a whole different way,” Jerry Greenwood stated.

His spouse, Lila, informed us in March this previous year over zoom of her partner’s will to live. From a ventilator to an ECMO maker at Abbott, months of obstacles.

It’s time that Jerry doesn’t keep in mind. Discovering to stroll and to talk all over once again.

In all, 114 days passed up until he went house in April.

“A lot of people think, ‘Oh, you’re out of the hospital. You’ve made it, you’re done.’ That was not even half the battle,” Jerry Greenwood stated.

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“I never took anything. Not even a vitamin,” Jerry stated of his life prior to.

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Now, heart medication, blood slimmers and tablets for PTSD from the time he invested in a coma. In all, he takes 20 a day.

“I can’t lift much more than … level-wise,” he stated as he attempted to raise his arms and couldn’t.

His body might likewise use up to a year to return to a regular series of movement.

However, it is maybe Jerry’s breathing that is most disconcerting.

“You walk to the next room and you’re fighting for a breath, thinking, am I going to get over this one?” he stated of the ideas that go through his mind.

Explaining it as a constant sensation of drowning that has actually once again sent him to the medical facility two times. Still, he is concentrated on improving for his household.

“The one part that I haven’t been able to do, I haven’t been able to get on the floor with my granddaughter. You know, because I’d never get up,” he stated.

The little things he when considered given and a pointer of the battle that for some COVID has actually left.

“The long-term battle is what I’m fighting every day,” Jerry Greenwood stated.

Medical professionals inform Jerry his breathing will need to drastically enhance prior to they’re comfy running on his shoulders to return to a complete series of movement.

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His medical expenses have actually topped more than $1 million and it’s unidentified when or if he’ll have the ability to work once again. There is a fund established to assist.

Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.