Inside look of local COVID-19 unit

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – Healthcare systems remain overwhelmed by COVID-19. First News at Nine’s Carla Rogner spoke with a recovering patient and an ICU nurse to share what it’s like beyond the hospital walls.

Nancy Taylor of Dunn County is on the road to recovery after spending 18 days hospitalized with COIVD-19.

Taylor said, “Every day I get stronger I am going to use physical therapy for the next month they are going to work with me to make sure I don’t do too much too soon.”

She’s still having trouble breathing, low energy, but hopes to be back to normal by January.

“I have to think ‘ok today I might make lunch and that is all I do today’. I spend the rest of the day watching TV and reading books because I know if I do more I will hurt myself,” said Taylor.

It was a reality check for how ruthless the virus can be.

Taylor said, “I expected it at some point. I work at a grocery store so I thought I could get sick but never this ill. It’s real, Dunn County is not making up numbers I am one of those numbers, it is here.”

As COVID-19 cases continue to dramatically increase, Marshfield Clinic along with other local hospitals are full or getting there quickly. Something that is concerning for those who work inside.

Danielle reed is an ICU nurse at Marshfield Clinic

“We are maxed to capacity. The patients range from just needing a bit of oxygen and being on a ventilator,” said Reed.

She’s seeing the reality of COVID-19 every day.

“It’s scary. We are putting ourselves at risk every day to take care of your loved ones,” said Reed.

“So thankful for the doctors and nurses. I could see in their eyes how tired they were, how concerned and overworked they were,” said Taylor.

Reed’s wish for the community, that people do their part to slow the spread.

Reed said, “I would like them to be able to see what I see. How sick these patients are how they are struggling to breathe; I wish they could hear the phone calls we get from the patients family members wondering if their loved ones are going to make it.”

And show Thanksgiving for healthcare workers by staying home for holidays, wearing a mask and continuing to social distance.

Reporting in Eau Claire Carla Rogner First News at Nine.

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