A bucket and a rope: Lincoln woman is living on the second floor of her home during pandemic

Cathy Goldman wants to protect her family members from the virus.
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – A Lincoln Public Schools para is taking all the precautions when it comes to COVID-19.

Cathy Goldman has been living on the second floor of her home for the past two months. She tested positive for coronavirus back in October. The news was devastating, considering she lives with her 82-year-old mother and her husband who has underlying health conditions. Although Goldman is no longer positive, she knows there’s a chance she could contract a form of the virus again.

“I was petrified,” Goldman said. “The last thing I wanted to do was to bring any of this home to either one of them.”

Goldman took all the precautions. Not only does she live upstairs, but she also gets her meals delivered by a bucket and a rope. Her mother sends home cooked meals upstairs everyday.

“I put it over the banister. That’s how I get my meals. Luckily I moved my coffee pot upstairs so I can make my own coffee in the morning.”

What might look strange or funny to some people, is actually heartbreaking for the family. Goldman says her family is a “hug family.” She said she sees her mother everyday, but can’t hug her. Goldman said it’s depressing sitting upstairs alone, and some days she doesn’t want to eat.

With COVID-19 cases rising across the country and hospitals in need of help, Goldman says people are turning a blind eye. Everything she’s doing is to protect her loved ones.

“That’s what people aren’t getting. They’re not understanding the emotional part of it.”

Even though Goldman is no longer positive, she understands what the virus can do. She had symptoms, including a headache and a fever.

As an LPS para, she’s seen coworkers suffer far worse than she did.

“If we don’t start taking in consideration the person walking by us, sitting next to us or driving next to us, then the numbers are going to continue to climb.”


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