How fast 2020 came and went. With all the problems over the year dominated by
COVID and the chaotic political scene, quarantines, virtual home schooling and business
disruptions, isn’t it time for turning a giant page and moving on. Isn’t it time for some good
news and hope in the new year.
It was early December. she was a relatively new resident of an assisted living facility in
Hendersonville.The facility accommodated some of the most vulnerable people under the
pandemic that was sweeping the nation. Up until then, the home had escaped intrusion of the
scary corona virus. Then, what was so feared and protected against, three employees tested
positive for COVID19. Notification was made of this situation, first via email on Wednesday, and
then by a phone call on Thursday. All measures were being taken to prevent the spread of this
dreaded disease. Contact tracing was conducted and documented within the facility.
Management didn’t think that any of the residents had been affected. Residents were
monitored multiple times daily for temperature and blood oxygen levels.
All’s well? …. not so fast. On Friday about noon she was not feeling well and was
coughing up stuff. Her temperature was elevated and oxygen level low. She was tested for
COVID and tested positive. The assisted living facility contacted her doctor. Under his
guidance, she was transported to Pardee Hospital. The situation appeared extremely dire. She
was age 94, had the virus, her lungs were impacted, had a high fever and low blood oxygen.
The family felt so helpless! The doctor in late afternoon laid out a plan of action but frankly the
outcome did not sound promising with so many variables against her.
The turnaround! The hospital called just before midnight with some good news. She did
not have pneumonia and they requested permission to use the experimental drug Remdesivir,
that which had been administered to President Trump when he contracted COVID. Then the
doctor early the next morning called and said that the patient was doing well and that all her
vital signs were good and normal. He said he was going to give her plasma with antibodies
from a former COVID patient, steroids for her lungs and keep her on oxygen. He thought that if
she continued to improve that she would be released from the hospital in 5 – 6 days. She
experienced steady improvement and was discharged after 6 days. What a miracle! A
Why do we report this story? Because the patient in this article is Pam’s Mom and my
Mother-in-Law, Elaine Wohlford. We deeply felt the agony of someone who caught the corona
virus. The first few hours after being notified were painful and stressful with a likely terminal
outcome. Over the next several days we felt nothing but gratitude for the team of workers at
the assisted living facility for their rapid assessment and managing of the situation, the
coordination with Elaine’s long term family doctor and his expertise in handling the crisis, with
Pardee’s analysis and care and with God’s intervention. It was truly a 2020 shaped event but
with the promise and hope of a 2021 result. Praise God for all his blessings and opening
another chapter in Elaine Wolhford’s life.
We are optimistic about the future. Trump’s vaccines are here and should eradicate the
corona virus this coming year. We wish each and every reader a happy, prosperous and
successful New Year! Let’s all turn the proverbial page and move on to prospects and potential