The rule is that whoever is hospitalized with a diagnosis of coronavirus must be isolated, without even being able to see his family. But that was not a rule that Loretta Badell was willing to abide by.
This love story began half a century ago in Cuba. Loretta and Eduardo Badell fell in love and married on the island that saw them born. For years they struggled together to get ahead in their professions of engineer and psychologist, but political and social conditions put obstacles that they always dodged together. They had to get their two children out of Cuba first, and some time later they managed to get to Miami as well. Always united.
Since 1993 they live in the United States where times of economic hardship passed but they managed to lead a life that Loretta classifies as very happy.
“The truth is that my memories are all beautiful. Words cannot describe the good husband, father and grandfather that my husband has been, "Loretta told Infobae.
But the peace of that good life that they knew how to build with their two children and their four grandchildren was altered last November. Eduardo had been battling some mental gaps for some time, which he fought with grace and effort. But at the end of 2019 he was diagnosed with a non-specific dementia that led to a very rapid deterioration of his mental faculties.. Without hesitation, Loretta took care of him like a child, conditioning her home for her husband's new capabilities, until In March of this year, on medical recommendation, she had to move Eduardo to a special care home.. For the first time in 50 years they would not live together, but Loretta bridged that distance with daily visits of up to five hours.
The non-coexistence was short-lived, because just ten days after he moved to his new home, Eduardo became infected with coronavirus. He found out because they are regularly tested in nursing homes. He never had symptoms, but by Florida state regulations anyone who gets it in a nursing home must comply with the isolation admitted to a hospital. Eduardo was not the exception.
"I was nine days without being able to see it and they were terrible", Loretta counted. She had been medically evaluated and COVID 19 tests gave her negative. Doctors wouldn't let her get close to her husband, especially considering that she is a 74-year-old woman, which could put her at greater risk.
“For me, not helping him right now was not an option. I spoke to everyone and made them understand that if when a child is hospitalized with coronavirus they allow a parent to be with them, then they should allow me to enter. Today my husband is more defenseless than a child, and he cannot express himself, ”said Loretta almost tearfully, but curiously, without losing her smile.
She has been hospitalized with her husband for 14 days. Although it is a companion, the COVID 19 protocol does not allow it to leave the isolation room in which they are under any circumstances. Loretta speaks highly of nurses, but she knows that no one will care for her husband like she does.
For now, Eduardo's tests continue to be positive. As long as this is the case, they must remain in the hospital. Loretta says she feels very good and by her own decision she has not been tested again. The agreement with the doctors is that they will evaluate her once Eduardo can leave the hospital. Whatever the outcome of that examination, Loretta will have to undergo a preventive quarantine after this hospitalization. But it will make her happy because she knows that this is going to be just another of the tests that she has had to overcome with Eduardo.
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