What would you do to see your spouse after being away for 114 days? For one woman, it meant taking a new job just to be near her beloved.
Steve Daniel has early-onset Alzheimer’s and has lived in a memory-care facility in Florida for almost a year. Every night, his wife, Mary, would come visit with him. When the home shut down for coronavirus, Mary was unable to see her husband for over 100 days.
They tried the social-distancing visits that some places are doing — having guests talk to residents through the windows — but that didn’t work for Steve. He just got upset when he couldn’t hug his wife.
On top of that, the isolation could have serious medical effects on Steve as he battled Alzheimer’s and craved routine. Mary feared the quarantine would do irreparable harm.
A dishwashing job opened up at the home, and Mary jumped at the opportunity to see her husband on a daily basis. She only makes $9 an hour, but it’s her dream job because she gets to see her husband during this chaotic time.
She works 90-minute shifts then goes to see her husband in his room. At first, she feared he forgot her during the 114-day separation, but when she walked into his room, Steve started crying.
“When the world is crazy, just to have an hour to sit with him and talk with him,” Mary said. “He’ll lay his head on my shoulder. There’s something that comes with that comfort of just being together.”
That’s true love right there.