he spent 16 hours in intensive care after testing positive for
COVID-19. Ash was subsequently transferred to one of the dedicated COVID-19
units established at both the Southlake and Northlake campuses.
"I was in a state
of shock," said Ash, Methodist Hospital's first diagnosed COVID-19 patient.
"I couldn't believe it and was very frightened. I never thought in a million
years it would be this."
said that Ash's case was complicated by two underlying medical conditions
which put him at higher risk for severe illness: lifelong asthma and
diabetes, the latter of which he was diagnosed with five
years ago. "My doctors and nurses were concerned about everything, including
my other conditions and told me I made it just in time," Ash said.
Ash was released on
Saturday, March 28, and is now resting at home. "They nursed me to get out
of there to go home," Ash said. "There were times that I didn't think it
would happen, but I made it."
The day before his
release, Methodist Hospital delivered oxygen tanks to Ash's home, where he
is currently sleeping with oxygen at night. Ash is slowly gaining strength
and said that he understands full recovery will be slow. "They said it would
take a while for a full recovery because of my asthma. I'll keep on taking
my medicine and I'll get there."
Ash added that he
would recommend Methodist Hospital to anyone. "All the nurses were great,"
he said. "They were really in on it. I appreciate all the people who helped
me and were there for me. I had people who care."
Ash is currently
self-isolating in home as a precaution, and he, his wife, and son are all
living in separate rooms, and he will not leave his house until the pandemic
has subsided. "I know I've got to move slowly but I'm looking forward to
going to work and getting back to my normal self," he said.
Ash's message to
everyone: COVID-19 can happen to anyone. "This is scary because you see it
on the news but you don't think it's going to happen to you," he said. "It
just hit me so fast."