LIVONIA – Our St. Mary Mercy Livonia family extends its warmest wishes to Roger Jones and his wife Terri. Roger, a local Livonia retiree, was recently discharged home from St. Mary Mercy after being admitted to the hospital on January 18, following complications from COVID-19.
Following a positive COVID-19 test in late December, Roger had been in isolation at home when his health quickly deteriorated. In fact, as he tells it, he doesn’t have any recollection beyond the ambulance ride to the hospital.
After spending a day on a ventilator in the hospital, Roger’s condition improved, he began breathing on his own again, and he regained consciousness.
“In the beginning, I was scared to death. I remember sitting up in the hospital alone thinking, tonight might be the night I die.”
Fortunately for Roger, his doctors and nurses had other plans for him.
After a slow but steady improvement over two weeks, Roger was transferred to inpatient rehabilitation. For the next 50 days, this is where Roger would eat, sleep and push himself to get stronger.
“Basically couldn’t do anything when I arrived in rehab,” he said. “I couldn’t walk and I could hardly move my arms.”
“My first day there I remember one of the female workers asking me if I could do something for her,” he said. “I told her, ‘I can’t.'”
“She responded by telling me that I needed to get that word out of my vocabulary. It was the best advice I could have ever received.”
“Rehab was wonderful,” he said. “They were very patient and encouraging with me. The encouragement was just as valuable as the actual therapy I received, and it came from everybody.”
While Roger still has much work to do, he has come a long way from those precarious first few days he spent in the hospital.
“God gave me a second chance and I’m not going to mess it up,” he said.
Asked what plans he had for when he returned home, he responded, “I want to see my kids and my grandkids. I have a lot more work to do too.”