Graphic Content Disclaimer: This story contains images that some readers may find disturbing. In Burlington, Ont. man shares his ideas and experiences after recovering from a long battle with COVID-19.
Ron Weston said he can’t remember the 30 days he spent on a ventilator.
He also doesn’t remember being in a coma with the disease, when his major organs, including his heart, lungs, liver, kidneys and pancreas, were failing.
The hardest part, in his mind, came after waking up.
“Total confusion. I didn’t know I had been on a ventilator, ”Weston told CTV News Toronto on Wednesday. “Why couldn’t I walk and why couldn’t I move and get out of bed?”
“Learning to get up and take a shower on your own took a month. Things you take for granted. It was a real challenge. ”
In March, Weston explained that he took a ski trip to Wyoming and took a flight back through New Jersey.
Weston said he had chills about a week later and then developed pneumonia. He entered the hospital on March 25 and did not regain consciousness until May 9.
At the end of June, Weston left the hospital to stay with his sister before returning home permanently at the end of July.
“It’s really an experience that makes you question everything, quite frankly, and I just hope I can be on the safe side,” Weston said.
“It’s a miracle. We’re lucky, ”said Weston’s sister Robin Santucci. “He had to learn to talk, to swallow and to really do things. We pushed very hard for rehabilitation as fast as possible to move it forward.
Weston attributes his recovery to the love of his children, who he said kept his body fighting
“I want to make it a positive event in my life,” he said. “I have a much deeper connection with my friends and family for sure.
Now Weston is advising others not to be “pushy” when it comes to COVID-19, reminding people that anyone can get the disease.
“I don’t often get the flu, so I got into this [with an] indestructible mindset, “Oh, I’m not going to figure this out,” and I did. No one is more shocked than me.
Weston said there were days he felt 100%, but admits he still has scarring in his lungs and numbness in his feet,
He is golfing again and planning another ski trip, but this time he plans to stay a little closer to home.