A Lafayette woman fighting for her life battling COVID 19 at Lafayette General Hospital’s ICU has been receiving flowers every day from her husband to show his love when he’s not allowed to be in there with her.
During this pandemic, restrictions were put in place for visitors at hospitals across the state and even the country. So family members aren’t able to visit their loved ones like they normally would. A hard situation for both the patient and the friends and family.
For Kay Pelican it’s been devastating leaving him feeling helpless while his wife Chenella Pelican has been in the hospital for 13 days.
“I’m here outside I can’t go in,” said Pelican. “The farthest I can go is to the table and talk to the nurses. All I can do is look up at the window and just wait. It’s so hard. It’s so hard because you don’t know what to expect.”
He’s left in shock with his entire family catching the virus except for him.
“Why couldn’t it be me instead of her?” said Pelican.
Even though he can’t be in the room with her that hasn’t stopped him from giving her love and support.
“She loves flowers,” said Pelican. “So my way of dealing with it since I can’t be there I just decided to start sending flowers.”
The couple has been in live for over twenty years and married for more than 18.
“It’s gotten to the point where she can finish my sentence and I finish her sometimes,” said Pelican. “This coming September 8th it’ll be 19 years, next year will be the big 20.”
So every day after work Pelican comes with flowers in hand for Chenella and a treat for the nurses. He walks in and seconds later walks out to the parking lot to see his wife’s rooms window.
“I love her and I miss her,” said Pelican.
Then he waits for the nurses to call him as it’s the only way he knows how Chenella is doing.
On Wednesday’s call, an ICU nurse told him that his wife got her Rose and the nurses were so excited to get the cake. She also told Pelican that they were going to start weaning her sedation as much as they can and then the ventilator as well.
She went on to tell Pelican that Chenella is looking better than she did yesterday.
It’s news that gives Pelican hope.
“It’s easier to sleep when you get a comforting call telling me she’s making good progress that’s all I could really ask for,” said Pelican.
So today when he leaves the hospital he can breathe a little easier.
“To know that she knows I’m out here doing what I’m doing, I’m thinking it’s just making her come back full come back strong,” said Pelican
Pelican says the flowers are a simple gesture but it’s leaving a big impact on others showing love has no restrictions even during this pandemic.