GRAPEVINE, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – On Thursday, households will collect to have fun what they’ve and what they are often the grateful for.
For a rising variety of them, it’s life itself after surviving extreme bouts with COVID-19.
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Sue and Billy Szendrey will likely be sitting of their favourite chairs on Thanksgiving and that’s sufficient for this couple who’ve been via a lot.
“I’m grateful now that once I look over he’s there as a result of he wasn’t there for a really very long time,” stated Sue.
For 4 months final yr, Billy was away from his chair and on a hospital mattress clinging to life due to COVID-19.
He spent seven weeks on a ventilator and solely immediately reached an vital milestone, 16 months after leaving the hospital.
“I simply immediately accomplished my remedy at Baylor Scott and White right here in Grapevine,” stated Billy.
The 65-year-old needed to relearn learn how to arise and later practice his legs to stroll once more.
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On Thursday, Nov. 25, he’ll collect for his first time in two years for a Thanksgiving dinner that features his spouse youngsters and prolonged household.
“I simply need to have the ability to say how grateful I’m that we’re as a household of 4 that we’re nonetheless a household of 4 after what he went via,” stated Sue.
“I really feel terrific,” stated Billy. “My lung perform has gone from beneath 60% to approaching 75%.”
Billy has but to regain full use of his proper hand.
Nobody would blame him for being resentful and asking, ‘why me?’
However he’s is simply counting his blessings understanding how lengthy COVID-19 is affecting others.
“They nonetheless have respiration issues, they’ll’t stroll they’ll’t actually get round and I’m past that in order that’s what I’m actually grateful for,” stated Billy.
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And to be again in his chair subsequent to his spouse of 32 years.