Superior COVID patient released from hospital
October 22, 2020
For several months, Nuckolls County was spared the brunt of the COVID19 onslaught which decimated cities and states across the country and around the world. It was easy to be lulled into a false sense of security as the few cases in Nuckolls county were spread out.
Then COVID-19 reared its ugly head and struck with a vengeance. Suddenly the county was recording double-digit positive tests for the virus.
One area resident agreed to speak about his experience after contracting COVID-19.
Donald Tyler, 45, is a lifelong Superior resident. He graduated from Superior High School in 1993. He is currently employed with Reinke Industries in Deshler.
Tyler, along with his wife, Heather, both tested positive for the virus. He had been tested three times previously for the virus with negative results each time.
On Tuesday, Oct. 6, he felt ill. He was tested for the virus and the result was positive. He returned home. His symptoms were not strong and he isolated at home. By Monday, Oct.12, his condition worsened. He took himself to Brodstone Memorial Hospital. Tyler was nauseous, suffered from a headache, had body aches and shortness of breath. He was admitted to the hospital. He was tested again for COVID-19 and returned a positive result.
He was administered Remdesvir for his illness. He was also given steroid injections to aid with his breathing. He was administered an anti-body infusion as part of the treatment plan. Plasma is taken from individuals who have been afflicted with COVID-19. It is thought the antibodies developed by these donors aids in the treatment of the virus. Tyler was discharged last Thursday.
Tyler is now in the recovery phase. He is quarantined at home. His wife, Heather, was also affected by COVID-19, but not to the extent Donald was. She has completed her quarantine period. Tyler faces a long recuperative road. He experiences weakness and breathing issues. Tyler will practice a vitamin regime. He has been told his recovery could take up to a month.
When asked if he had any advice for county residents, Tyler certainly did. “If you are sick, stay home. Wear your mask and practice social distancing. Walk as much as possible.” He came to realize how important wearing a mask is for prevention. Being afflicted with COVID-19 was an “eye opener” as to the importance of wearing a mask.
He and Heather are thankful for the outpouring of assistance they have received from the community during their illness. They wished to thank the staff at Brodstone Memorial Hospital as well as the Superior Family Medical Clinic. They were grateful for the support they received from Jon Albrecht and the members of the Living Faith Church in Superior.
Tyler asked us to spread the word about prevention and how debilitating the disease can be.