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But then in May, Jones received a phone call. His mother had somehow contracted the coronavirus.
“The day we talked, she wasn’t surprised,” Jones said of his mother, noting she was a nurse and knew the score. “The virus is going to virus. It does what it wants. Unfortunately, Mom was a sitting duck.”
Hyde was admitted to Porter Hospital in Valparaiso on May 13.
In the coming days, she seemed to bounce back.
Then things quickly “spun out of control,” Jones said.
Even knowing what she knew as a nurse, Jones could still sense the frustration in his mother in her final days of life.
“She hadn’t seen her grandkids since Christmas,” Jones said of the social distancing protections that were strictly observed.
“We did everything by the book, and the end result unfortunately still was there.”
For seven weeks prior to her COVID-19 diagnosis, Hyde lived in a 14-by-14-feet room, robbed of a chance to live her life as she had come to enjoy it.
COVID-19 unceremoniously brought an end to all of it on May 20, Jones said.
It’s a finality that Jones didn’t think he would have to face, given the fighting spirit his mother had always shone.
“Even when she was intubated, I thought, ‘Well, it’s my Mom. We’ll give it seven or eight days, and she’ll probably come back off the vent.'”
Jones said his mother would want everyone she left behind to continue keeping themselves as safe as possible through social distancing and other good health practices.
But she also would want them to enjoy life as much as possible, something she couldn’t do in the weeks leading up to her death.
In one of her last conversations with her son, Hyde lamented not being able to hug her grandchildren and being isolated from everything she loved, Jones said.