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The way the government, health facilities, and others are making life-altering decisions for others is something that we will have to live with and regret for years to come.
My Aunt Jean and Uncle Bill moved into a Continuing Care Retirement Community about 19-years-ago. Many of you probably know that is a community where people live independently, but which has a Health Center which is used for after-surgery care, serious illnesses and for end-of-life care.
They gave up their apartment on December 19th because they could no longer live independently. Jean is 91 and Bill is 89. Bill was put on hospice a week ago because he has Stage 4 kidney cancer and congestive heart failure. Jean has congestive heart failure, several other problems, and some mildish dementia (mostly short-term memory-related.) They are (or I should say were) sharing a room.
During a routine COVID test two days ago, Jean tested positive for COVID. She was – and still is – asymptomatic, and because of that, they did the test twice just to be certain. Of course, this means she contracted COVID in the Health Center since they have been there for over a month. She is now in a 14-day quarantine in their room and Bill was moved to an isolation room for 21 days to be watched in case he develops symptoms.
They are extremely unhappy about being separated after 70 years together. The nurses are making sure they get to talk to each other on the phone. But our biggest concern is that it is very likely that Bill doesn’t have 20 days left due to his health situation. The facility is adamant that they cannot be together.
My cousin said that all we can do is pray. I told my cousin that we should probably pray that Bill does test positive. That way they could be together and he would not have to die alone in an isolation room.
It is just so hard for me to accept that people cannot use simple common sense in making such vital decisions.Published in