First, I want to thank Bev Burns for presiding at worship and preaching while I have been ill, as well as Bishop Joy Mortensen Wiebe for her support and for preaching and presiding on Christmas Eve. Thank you also to the many members who have been helping take care of my cats and watching over my home and many other tasks, including delivering many delicious meals. Thank you to all who have been praying for me.
I had a serious case of Covid-19 which rapidly progressed to Covid pneumonia and caused me to be in the hospital for 17 days. All the wonderful things people have been saying about front line health care workers is true. All the medical staff were amazing and extermely compassionate.
It is wonderful to finally be back home. I am still on oxygen gradually getting stronger and engaging in more work each week with the church. I hope to return to preaching and presiding soon.
On a personal note, the kitten who adopted me in the church parking lot back in October grew quite a bit while I was in the hospital. It was great to see him again, but he looks nothing like the first day photo taken in my office.
Please take the Covid-19 seriously. I would not want anyone to go through what I have experienced. Based on what medical staff told me and others who I know have had Covid-19, it is clear to me that coming in contact with this virus is like playing Russian roulette. The virus may fire its best shot at you and it is a blank and you do not get sick at all. Or you may get hit with the virus, but you only become slightly ill or maybe become a carrier with no symptoms. Or, sometimes, you may get hit with the virus and end up in the hospital like me or the 6 people I know well. Or worst yet, you may get hit by the virus and die.
Please do what you can to help decrease the spread of Covid-19 like wearing a mask, washing your hands, maintaining 6 feet distance from others, and staying home when you are sick. I pray the vaccine is able to finally put an end to this virus. I also pray for all who are dealing with long term effects of having Covid-19 and that all may heal completely.