Over time, Jeff’s lung function began to slowly improve, so his care team began weaning him off the ventilator, an important but challenging step in the recovery process because of the length of time he had depended on the treatment.
In mid-January, Darlene received a call from Jeff’s care team asking her to visit Jeff in hopes her presence would further his recovery. By then, he no longer had COVID-19, but his progress was slow and unsteady.
While in his room, she would rub her husband’s hands, and he would move them in response. When she spoke to him, he would roll his eyes around, trying to locate her voice.