Lisa Steadman‘s husband, Ron, 55, had tested positive for COVID-19.
“They sent him home with medicine and stuff because he wasn’t in distress or anything. It was just like he had a bad cold,” she said.
“It’s just been a nightmare. Just a nightmare,” said Lisa, 58, began.
Lisa also had contracted COVID-19 and went to the emergency room at Winter Haven Hospital after she had passed out. In addition, she was also battling another illness.
In total, she spent spent eight days at the hospital. And in that time, her husband informed her that his phone was not working properly.
“He had told me that his phone was acting up, and wouldn’t hold a charge. Monday, I couldn’t get a hold of him. So I sent the Winter Haven Police Department over there to do a wellness check. They talked to him. He was fine,” she said.
Winter Haven police spokesperson Jamie Brown confirmed a welfare check was conducted. So when Ron did not answer her phone call on Tuesday, she assumed his battery had just died. But when she went home on Wednesday, she found him in their bedroom, dead. Their dogs were on the verge of death due to lack of food and water.
“I can’t get that picture out of my mind. I wish I never would have found him like that,” she said.
However, Steadman finds solace in knowing her husband is no longer in pain.
“He was a humble, friendliest, willing to help anyone God-fearing family man,” she said.
Ron Steadman’s doctor informed Lisa that her husband had died from COVID-related complications. Neither of the Steadmans were vaccinated.
“Both of us felt that it hadn’t been tested enough yet. Now after being in the hospital and talking with my doctor, when I am able to take it, I will in September,” she said.
Steadman reveals that she had to shell out $800 for a company to clean the bedroom.
“They were in there all of 15 minutes. They cut the part of the mattress that had the waste on it,” said Steadman.
In addition, she also had to pay to replace some bedroom furniture. Currently, she is raising money to help pay for the unexpected costs.
Steadman is still battling COVID-19 symptoms and has not been able to return to work as a nail stylist.
“Just love your loved ones. You’re not promised tomorrow,” she said.
With a background in the creative and educational fields, Amelia Finefrock is freelance writer, singer-songwriter and nanny based in Chicago.
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