On October 29th, Steve was diagnosed with COVID-19. Five days later, he would be laying unconscious on a respirator at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton and would remain sedated and immobile for the next 29 days.
On December 3rd, after making slow and steady progress, his breathing tube was replaced by a tracheostomy tube, and he was transferred to Kindred Hospital, a step-down facility specializing in respiratory care.
On January 25th, his journey to recovery continued to Piqua Manor, where their care team strives to rebuild Steve’s strength enough to get him back home again. Because of COVID concerns, Piqua Manor’s doors are closed to visitors, leaving Steve to face recovery without his family by his side.
This is where we need your help!
Steve’s care team has offered to share your greetings with him every day. We invite you to share a video greeting of support to replace the face-to-face visits he’s become accustomed to! If you can’t create a video, you can also share a note of encouragement online or send a card. Let’s let Steve know that we’re by his side.
Steve Hausfeld Room 65
1840 West High St.
Piqua, OH 45356
February 10th – Steve’s stay at Piqua Manor has been filled with milestones! First, they got him out of bed. Next, they moved him into a chair. Soon, they wheeled him into therapy. And just last week, for the first time in over 3 months, he stood and walked! Today was another milestone as he was able to breathe on his own without support from a ventilator or CPAP machine. This independent breathing happened once before in his journey, but he was almost immediately set back with a bout of pneumonia. But, like the fighter he is, he bounced off the mat and came back punching again. In the near future, he’ll have a voice box to help him communicate better, and they’ll continue therapy to help him gain more independence. Yes, he is also coloring again! Piqua Manor allows window visits. They just ask that you call ahead if you’d like to drop by. The number is 937-773-0040. Steve’s in Room 65. He’s in good spirits and is proud of his progress, but no prouder than his family!
January 25th – It’s a big day for Steve today as he gets a little bit closer to home. He’s very excited for the change of scenery as he begins a rehab stint at Piqua Manor, a skilled nursing facility that has the respiratory therapy that he requires. Steve continues to be slowly weaned off the ventilator and spends much of his day using a CPAP machine to support his breathing. The ultimate goal is to get him breathing entirely on his own and remove his tracheotomy tube. Then, of course, he’s got plenty of physical and occupational therapy ahead. While he’s on any kind of breathing support, he can’t speak, but he’s still quick with a smile and unbelievably patient. He was a favorite with the care team at Kindred Hospital and we’re sure he’ll charm everyone here as well. He still has a long road back, but everyone agrees that he’s improving. Keep the prayers coming!
Steve’s community of friends and neighbors has been so good to him over the years, and now, when he needs support more than ever, we’ve been touched by the outpouring of love. Special thanks to the hard-working teams at Miami Valley Hospital and Kindred Hospital and thank you so much for continuing to keep Steve in your thoughts and prayers.