Update on the Greenville family fighting COVID; two hospitalized, but one is back home

By Debra Moore

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It’s been nearly two weeks since Joceyln Cote first began experiencing the symptoms of coronavirus. During a conversation Oct. 27, Jocelyn said that she is improving slowly, but is still extremely fatigued, and has a lingering cough and body aches.

“My appetite is coming back, which is a good thing,” Joceyln said, “and I am getting my taste back.” During the onset of symptoms, Jocelyn couldn’t drink her favored morning beverage — coffee — because it tasted like mold. Others who have been diagnosed with coronavirus have shared a similar response to that beverage.

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While Joceyln, seems to be doing better, other family members aren’t faring as well. Her husband 0f 46 years, Ralph, 82, remains hospitalized in Reno, where he has been since Wednesday, Oct. 21. He was admitted with pneumonia and heart failure, Jocelyn said. Doctors are hopeful that he might be able to return home this weekend, but in the meantime Joceyln has been able to talk to him via phone.

Over the weekend, one of her daughters, who is in her mid-50s, also was taken to Renown Medical Center in Reno, when a blood clot was discovered in her lungs. Joceyln said that after a two-day stay she is back at home with medication and oxygen. Another daughter, also in her mid-50s, has avoided hospitalization, but is also very ill. A son-in-law is recovering, as is Joceyln’s  granddaughter.

The family has experienced many of the classic symptoms: extreme fatigue, brain fog, body aches, coughs and impaired sense of taste. Joceyln said the brain fog that people describe is very real, that she must concentrate to perform the simplest of tasks, and that she must rest after every household chore she attempts.

Jocelyn said many people have reached out to help, but they are doing well. She thanked a clinic employee for bringing soup and frozen dinners. “When you are sick, you really don’t want to eat much and you certainly don’t want to cook,” she said.

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Her granddaughter is returning again this weekend to help the family. Her grandparents and mother first fell ill after she arrived for a similar weekend of assistance. She works in health care in Reno.

Jocelyn also has a healthcare background. Her life’s work was spent as a registered nurse; she retired just three years ago at the age of 75. During an earlier conversation, she said having that background was a blessing and a curse when it comes to fighting the virus. She knows enough that she can help her family, but also realizes the seriousness of the disease. That is one of the reasons why she wanted to share her story; to let others know that it is real and it can impact an entire family.