Sam’s Story

Site created on February 5, 2021

Sam has been one of the healthiest people I have ever known. He's rarely sick and if, by chance, he does get sick, he can usually sleep it away in a day or two. Sam tested positive for Covid-19 on December 29, 2020. His symptoms increased daily until we took him to the ER days later because his coughing was uncontrollable. CT, x-ray and blood work showed that while he did have covid, he had no pneumonia and was sent home with instructions to rest. His symptoms continued to worsen and in less than 72 hours later, Sam was taken away via ambulance because he couldn't breathe. Sam was admitted to the hospital with severe covid, fibroids and pneumonia in both lungs. He was immediately transferred to the ICU where he has remained in critical condition since January 7, 2021. Sam is on a non-invasive ventilation system that forces air into his lungs. His medical team has fought hard to keep from putting him on the full ventilator, due to several factors. The doctor told us we are on the most terrifying rollercoaster ride of our lives and he didn't exaggerate. After four weeks, two plasma infusions, countless steroids and antibiotics, many other medicines, including non-FDA approved drugs and antifungals, he is no longer backtracking. The doctors keep telling us Sam is young and has a fighting spirit. We appreciate your support and words of hope and encouragement. Thank you for visiting.

Newest Update

Journal entry by Liz Pusch

We made it through the first week!  Huzzah!  It's been a week of figuring out what works and what doesn't work; of meeting the home health RN and PT as well as following up with our PCP and pulmonologist (first outing with oxygen out of thr house).  There were also multiple arrangements to be made with the insurance, pharmacy and oxygen supplier.  Plus throw in two birthdays and that makes for one busy week.  It seems like that bubble we've been living in has popped and we're running to catch up with life.
Sam celebrated his 50th birthday on Thursday and Emma's 20th birthday is today.  Obviously, we were all very excited to have him home and to be able to celebrate both birthdays together.  A good friend decorated the yard and dropped off a cake, our congregation made a very touching video wishing Sam and Emma happy birthday and Sam's work team arranged for a drive-by parade with a fire truck heading up the parade!
Sam is doing well.  He's pretty much the same as when he was discharged except he's moving more easily and can stand up better on his own.  He still is easily exhausted and has a lot of lung spasms which causes him to cough severely.
Thank you so very much to everyone who has send cards, texts, emails, messages, donated, signed up for MealTrain, prayed for us or even just sent a good vibe our way.  We will never be able to express how touched we have been throughout this journey.  We feel every single prayer and are eternally grateful.
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