Bill’s life prior to his stroke was a busy one, despite the Covid pandemic, juggling a take out business in one of the most hard hitting food industries, entertainment, basically anything with crowds. Prior to Covid being announced in the news in February, Bill suffered Covid-like symptoms back in December. Effects of ‘long hauler’ affecting his lungs, leaving him difficulty with breathing, he recovered, and then when September fires produced low air quality, his difficulty in breathing affected his health. Then he had his stroke.
One of the silver linings of the stroke & hospitalization was his lungs were treated for pneumonia with antibiotics, & suctioning fluids. It was brought up that he may have had Covid prior to testing awareness in the very early stages. In order to discharge, he had to be medically stable including clear lungs, in order to be admitted into rehab hospital. I wonder how many folks had Covid prior to the actual news breaking Covid exposure?
His journey to recovery from a couple brain bleeds from the stroke did leave Bill with a deficit on his right side of his body, leaving him disabled and requiring the use of a wheelchair. His wide community of family, friends, spiritual prayer warriors have responded with support, prayers, well wishes, & kōkua, and financial help since his wife, Gloria didnʻt leave his bedside and was focused on helping his recovery. She utilized traditional Hawaiian healing arts of lomi lomi massage, music, prayers, speaking positive energy & love. Loving phone calls, FaceTime, music videos from friends, family & well wishes shared with Bill & ukulele music & songs filled his room & felt the love to bring him back to the place he is now.
Back at home with Gloriaʻs full time care including therapies, personal care, blessed with continued prayers & friends assisting, the recovery & care is daunting and very rewarding with the progress Bill is making.