Three generations living together in East Elmhurst, Queens, had already lost the matriarch of the family to coronavirus complications when VNSNY Home Care nurse Cidric T. began visiting. His patient was Oscar*, the grandfather, just released from the hospital with COVID-19. Cidric found a family in mourning for their grandmother, and seven of eight family members asymptomatic, but testing positive for the illness.
“I want to thank nurse Cidric, who’s by our side and helps us out,” said Maria, the patient’s granddaughter. “He helps Abuelo keep fighting and getting better, and I know my grandpa will defeat this disease. It’s very painful to lose Abuela, and all I want is for my grandpa to be healthy.”
Cidric delivered much-needed clinical care to Oscar and education to the extended family. Cidric explained how to use supplemental oxygen to combat the grandfather’s low blood oxygen level and worrisome symptoms to watch for. He also taught the family how to monitor their symptoms and wear masks and social distance whenever they leave the house. “I try to make them feel like they are not alone in dealing with this crisis,” Cidric said, adding that the family was very supportive of their grandfather and each other during their health challenges.
Said the patient’s daughter, “With God’s blessing and great thanks to the doctors at Mount Sinai and Cidric, my dad fought the illness tooth and nail, and he’s here with us now. We’re so happy.”
*Patient and family names have been changed to protect privacy
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