I hate to break it to you, but not everyone lives to be over 100 years old. We are getting closer to that being a reality for more and more people, thanks to technological advances, but it is still quite a feat. What would you do if you were over 100?
The elderly is a group of people that it is our responsibility to take care of and protect. This is especially true during the coronavirus pandemic that affects elderly more than it affects the younger population. When someone over the age of 60 contracts the virus, it can be a death sentence.
Place yourself in the shoes of someone over the age of 100 who contracted the coronavirus. If you made it through, what is the first thing you would want to do? For this great-grandmother, her decision was simple. She wanted to crack open an ice cold beer. Now THAT'S relatable.
The coronavirus has been a tremendously difficult virus to pin down. Some people afflicted by it have seen truly horrifying symptoms and outcomes, like the inability to breath, blindness, and of course, death. Some of these afflictions are life-lasting. Then there are others who feel the coronavirus as nothing more than a mild or bad flu. Lucky for them, but their mild-to-bad flu could become a horrible case of corona for someone else. Even stranger are those who feel no symptoms at all. They can talk around, spreading the virus without even knowing it. These people are known as asymptomatic.
It can be a scary and unpredictable virus, especially for the elderly. That is why Jenny Stejna, a 103 year old great-great grandmother had every reason to celebrate after she fully recovered from the coronavirus at her Easton, Massachusetts nursing home.
It was early May when Jenny Stejna came down with a low grade fever. This immediately put her two children, three grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren in a panic, fearing the worst. Shelly Gunn, Jenny's granddaughter, was worried that her grandmother's coronavirus would be the end of her. Many families in similar situations have not been able to say goodbye to their loved ones because their loved ones were in quarantine in the final days of their passing.
The 103 year old great-great grandmother's condition got worse and worse until the family had no choice but to say goodbye while she was still conscious. Even Jenny's husband Adam had asked her if she was ready to go to heaven to which she replied, “hell, yes!” Although she was bravely ready to venture into the cold, eternal night, it wasn't what her family wanted for her.
The math didn't look good for Jenny's condition. 103 years old with coronavirus? That surely meant a death sentence. Fortunately, that wasn't the case. The Polish immigrant is one of 33 residents in her nursing home who contracted coronavirus and recovered from the deadly disease. What did she do after she recovered? She did what any good, red blooded American would do. She cracked open a beer. Can you really blame her? A cold one at 103 years old isn't going to do any harm.
According to her husband, that is very true to her personality. He said, “This feisty old Polish grandmother of ours officially beat the coronavirus. We're truly very thankful.' As of now, the death toll for the coronavirus is 100,000 Americans. Hopefully we get more success stories like this, and less of the countless deaths.