Power of love as woman separated from her husband by COVID-19 pandemic gets dishwashing job at nursing home to see him

– A Florida woman took a dishwashing job at her husband’s nursing home after the facility barred visitors due to the COVID-19 pandemic

– Mary Daniel said she reached out to the staff at the assisted living facility to see if she could volunteer so she could see her spouse

– She was later called and asked whether she still wanted a job

– The woman said she was required to take several COVID-19 tests and undergo intense training before starting her part-time job

– After 114 days apart, she was able to finally reunite with her 66-year-old husband who has Alzheimer disease

A woman has made headlines after she took a part-time dishwashing job at her husband’s nursing home facility so she could be seeing him amid COVID-19 pandemic restrictions.

The 57-year-old woman identified as Mary Daniel works during the day as the chief executive of a small company that helps patients with health care bills.

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Woman separated from husband by COVID-19 pandemic gets dishwashing job at nursing home to see him

The woman said she was required to take several COVID-19 tests and undergo intense training before starting her part-time job. Photo credit: UGC
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However, as reported by the New York Post, she is now working two days a week at Rosecastle Assisted Living and Memory Care facility where her sweetheart of 24 years, Steve, is a resident.

Mary’s 66-year-old husband has early-onset Alzheimer’s disease – a progressive disorder that causes brain cells to degenerate and die – and being kept apart for 114 days was hard for him.

As coronavirus spread, a state order banned visitations to nursing homes to protect patients and prevent the spread among a vulnerable population.

Mary explained that she tried visiting her husband through a window, but said he just cried and could not understand what was going on.

Later on, she came up with a creative idea and reached out to Rosecastle staff and asked if she could volunteer or get a job at the care centre so she could see her husband in person again.

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“They said, ‘Let us wait to see what happens,'” Mary recalled.

Then, out of the blue, the corporate office reached out to her and offered her a job.

“They told me that they did have a part-time job available if I was interested,” she said.

“I said, ‘I am definitely interested. What is it?’ And, they said it is a dishwasher. So I said, ‘Well, I will be a dishwasher then,” she added.

She described her reunion as priceless.

In other news, a US nurse who gave birth to her child while battling COVID-19 cannot remember being pregnant or delivering her three-month-old daughter.

Sylvia Leroy who was a labour and delivery nurse contracted the virus while on duty and got admitted to hospital during the sixth month of her pregnancy.

The 35-year-old started feeling sick in March prompting her to get herself admitted to a hospital.

On March 27, 2020, the mother of two tested positive for COVID-19 and was placed on a ventilator after.

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A week later, after only breathing through a machine, Sylvia was finally taken off the ventilator and her family was hopeful things were finally starting to settle.

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