Doctor recovers from COVID-19 through 6-week journey

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For six weeks, Dr. Jim Faylor was away from home as he battled COVID-19. Faylor was in New York for the Big East Men’s Basketball Tournament. It didn’t take long after he returned for him to start feeling sick.”I wasn’t expecting to pick it up,” Faylor said. ” came back from the Big East Tournament, got here on Friday; by Monday I knew I was sick, got a test through one of the Nebraska Medicine clinics, knew by Tuesday it was that.”Days after his symptoms appeared, he was rushed to the hospital.”I did pretty good for about a week,” Faylor said. “I guess what they’re seeing is about a week into it, people start getting some bad things happening to them. That’s what happened to me.”A day after being admitted to Nebraska Medicine, he was placed on a ventilator. He would be on it for three weeks.”I don’t recall being ill,” Faylor said. “After I got to the hospital, I don’t recall anything. Waking up, there’s a little initial confusion and maybe delirium.”The view out of his window at Nebraska Medicine was all he could see for a month as he recovered. He was then transferred to the Madonna Rehabilitation Center.”Madonna is on ground level so people can come up to the window and use phones; you’re right next to each other talking, so that’s very nice,” Faylor said. “But when you’re on like the eighth floor, it’s a little hard to get up there to do that.”After six weeks at the hospital and the Madonna Center, Faylor returned home Thursday.”I’m feeling good,” Faylor said. “When you first get up, you’re kind of stiff, the lungs still haven’t totally recovered.”He was welcomed home by family and neighbors with a surprise celebration.”Walking up and down the block and talking to everybody was very good,” Faylor said. “My family and everybody was here, and everybody got to talk a little more.”Faylor is thankful his family is close by and says he’s concerned for those fighting COVID-19 without that support.

For six weeks, Dr. Jim Faylor was away from home as he battled COVID-19.

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Faylor was in New York for the Big East Men’s Basketball Tournament. It didn’t take long after he returned for him to start feeling sick.

“I wasn’t expecting to pick it up,” Faylor said. “[I] came back from the Big East Tournament, got here on Friday; by Monday I knew I was sick, got a test through one of the Nebraska Medicine clinics, knew by Tuesday it was that.”

Days after his symptoms appeared, he was rushed to the hospital.

“I did pretty good for about a week,” Faylor said. “I guess what they’re seeing is about a week into it, people start getting some bad things happening to them. That’s what happened to me.”

A day after being admitted to Nebraska Medicine, he was placed on a ventilator. He would be on it for three weeks.

“I don’t recall being ill,” Faylor said. “After I got to the hospital, I don’t recall anything. Waking up, there’s a little initial confusion and maybe delirium.”

The view out of his window at Nebraska Medicine was all he could see for a month as he recovered. He was then transferred to the Madonna Rehabilitation Center.

“Madonna is on ground level so people can come up to the window and use phones; you’re right next to each other talking, so that’s very nice,” Faylor said. “But when you’re on like the eighth floor, it’s a little hard to get up there to do that.”

After six weeks at the hospital and the Madonna Center, Faylor returned home Thursday.

“I’m feeling good,” Faylor said. “When you first get up, you’re kind of stiff, the lungs still haven’t totally recovered.”

He was welcomed home by family and neighbors with a surprise celebration.

“Walking up and down the block and talking to everybody was very good,” Faylor said. “My family and everybody was here, and everybody got to talk a little more.”

Faylor is thankful his family is close by and says he’s concerned for those fighting COVID-19 without that support.


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