Thursday, May 14, 2020

I lost my last living Grandparent…


My heart is broken


On April 6th, 2020 at around 9:30pm my last living grandparent passed away in a nursing home... He had just been tested for Covid-19 after a staff member at the facility had tested positive and my Grandfather started showing symptoms including a high fever. We had been impatiently waiting to hear the results of his test hoping that it was going to be negative. On April 9th is test results came back and unfortunately it was in-fact positive...

My 82-year-old grandfather died alone, without his family by his side locked in a nursing home because of this Covid-19 virus, yet another victim of this pandemic... An article in the Delaware Business Now listed him as an "82-year-old male long-term care resident from New Castle County." Like he was just another statistic... This really bothered me.., he is not just another statistic! He was a human being from our most vulnerable group and he was/is loved!

At the time my Grandfather passed, his roommate was also showing signs of the virus and unfortunately passed about a week later on April 12th… My grandfathers' partner of 40 years was also in the same facility and on April 24th she passed away, she also tested positive for COVID-19…

I'm grateful that I was able to visit with him during my last visit to Delaware in October. I'm saddened to know, that was my last visit as I was hoping to visit again on our next trip up that we were planning this coming Fall... I'm heartbroken for the rest of the family that have lost their father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, husband/partner, friend...etc.

 ðŸ’” PLEASE listen to the Doctors, Scientist and Specialist! You know the ones who ACTUALLY know what they're talking about! Please follow the rules and guidelines that have been put in place to flatten the curve and protect our most vulnerable!!




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