A recovering coronavirus patient in Stanton County talks about experience
Rick Tiedtke hopes his experience can put people at ease, knowing that there are people recovering from the coronavirus.
Hundreds of people have been impacted by COVID–19 in Nebraska. While we know the number of cases, we don’t know how many have recovered because the state is not keeping track.
“The weakness is what really got me, I just had absolutely no strength and no desire to do anything but sleep,” said Stanton County resident, Rick Tiedtke.
Tiedtke was Stanton County’s first and so far, only confirmed case. He did not travel anywhere, which means it’s community spread.
After 8 days of being really sick and seeing every symptom of COVID-19, he decided to call a clinic in Norfolk who gave him the test.
“She had to put these two swabs up my nose and she did that and she said I’m sorry for all the inconvenience and I said that’s no problem, you are just doing your job,” said Tiedtke.
Tiedtke thought the odds of having coronavirus were slim to none. He lives on a farm and as he puts it, “in the middle of nowhere.” He was told results would come in, in a few days. After 6 days had passed, he decided to give them a call.
“I figured they were probably overburdened with all the testing and so that’s why I wasn’t too shook up about it and anyway they gave me a call and she said you tested positive,” said Tiedtke.
Tiedtke lost all sense of taste and smell which are both big signs of COVID-19, but he tends to have that when he has a cold so it was not alarming to him.
“I thought woah, you know it shocked me, it really shocked me,” said Tiedtke. “I just figured I had the flu and that was it, but it was tough.”
Tiedtke says he’s lucky that he was feeling a lot better when he found out that he tested positive. He’s over 60, which falls under the at–risk category.
“If I would have called in lets say day 3 or day 5 when I went in and the results would have come back when I was still sick, it would have been pretty concerning, there’s no doubt about it,” said Tiedtke.
Tiedtke hopes his experience can put people at ease, knowing that there are people recovering from the coronavirus.