Spending months in the intensive care unit fighting through comas, strokes and scarring of the lungs, COVID-19 has permanently altered some Manitobans’ lives.
FROM CUBA TO COMA
Neil Funk-Unrau is now COVID-19 free, but the road to recovery has been a long one.
” It was very exciting to be back with the family and in familiar surroundings,” Funk-Unrau stated.
He initially got the infection after travelling to Cuba in March. His spouse likewise contracted COVID-19, however as she recovered his condition aggravated.
Funk-Unrau was submitted into medical facility on March 26 where he was put into a coma to help fight the virus. While in the coma, he suffered numerous strokes.
Supplied photo of Genevieve and Neil Funk-Unrau on a trip to Cuba.
He was released from Riverview Health Centre numerous months in the future June 17 and is still undergoing physical and speech treatment.
” I was very grateful for the therapists and personnel at Riverview and St. Boniface,” said Funk-Unrau.
Funk-Unrau is semi-retired however plans on going back to work soon.
” I’m feeling things are returning to typical,” he said. “I’m still taking it quite easy.”
After the entire ordeal, Funk-Unrau is suggesting everyone take the infection seriously.
” Even if somebody doesn’t believe they have to worry about it, you never ever know how it’s going to affect other people you enter into contact with,” he said.
Funk-Unrau stated one of the most significant consider his healing was his family.
” I think that was essential. That was actually an inspiration for healing. I was truly touched by the family’s consistent support,” he noted.
A LONG ROADWAY TO HEALING
Retired firefighter Rick Sterzer contracted COVID-19 in early April after a trip with his wife and another couple.
” I still have some scarring and shading in my lower lobes,” said Sterzer, talking about his newest x-rays. “They are a lot clearer now than they were.”
He invested numerous weeks in the ICU and was launched from St. Boniface Health Center on May 8.
” I had quite the reception when I got back,” he stated. “Every family in the cove came out; we have 21 homes in the cove. Kids were standing in the back of trucks and they had indications.”
Recovery was an uphill struggle for Sterzer, however, who needed to be put on oxygen after leaving the healthcare facility. Not being deterred, Sterzer was out walking the next day.
Throwing his oxygen tank in a knapsack, he walked twice a day, going a little more each time.
Rick Sterzer appears in an undated image. (Image courtesy Dylan Sterzer)
Sterzer no longer requires to bring oxygen and has actually started playing golf again.
” My other half reminds me you’re fortunate to be alive and enjoy it,” Sterzer stated.
He might be feeling much better, but individuals who likewise went on the journey and got the infection still have some signs.
” The important things I have that’s taking place now is my breathing,” said Sterzer. “The couple we opted for and my other half still have symptoms. One has actually lost their sense of smell for three months now, and another person is constantly fatigued.”
Experiencing the virus very first hand, Sterzer is extra careful now.
” I do not go anywhere without a mask,” he stated. “Manitoba is in such good condition that I think people are getting a little complacent.”
Like Funk-Unrau, Sterzer is asking individuals to take safety measures on behalf of others.
” Even if you don’t end up in a healthcare facility, there are other methods this thing can get you and affect your life,” said Sterzer.
– With files from CTV’s Charles Lefebvre