WEST ST. LOUIS COUNTY, Mo. (KMOV.com) – A couple who spent more than 10 days in the ICU with COVID-19 hopes their story of recovery will inspire others.
Mike Weinhaus and wife Jane were rushed to the hospital in mid-March with COVID-19. Their two sons and daughter in-law were also diagnosed with COVID-19 but made a quicker recovery, recuperating at home.
“Fatigue, weakness, loss of appetite, headache,” Weinhaus said. “It was the scariest thing, seeing your most loved one on a ventilator and not knowing.”
Jane, his wife of 40 years, was on a ventilator while he was dependent on oxygen. Jane is a preschool teacher at Temple Israel in Creve Coeur, where several people contracted COVID-19.
“When I was wheeled into the ICU, they wheeled me past Jane’s room while she was on the ventilator. That was so scary to see that, not knowing what the outcome would be,” he said.
The outcome initially appeared bleak but Weinhaus said he knew his wife would pull through. After more than week in isolation, the two recovered for three days side-by-side.
“When she got off the ventilator, they put us both in the same room. As the sedation wore off, she was able to see a familiar face, which made a big, big difference,” he said.
Weinhaus was released in late March and anxiously awaited his wife’s return days later. A brigade of friends and family lined their block, welcoming her home.
“It’s hard to put into words knowing the condition she was in to coming home and getting her strength back,” he said.
Weinhaus said the two appreciate the simple moments, such as sitting on the porch together, more than ever.
He said both he and his wife will make a full recovery but it will take time for them to get their strength back.