TEO, Zack, Cove discussed on Fresh Air Weekend
Welcome back to fresh air. You've both been on our show several times. It's a pleasure to have you back. I'm so sorry about all the medical problems. You've been having, and I know it's been a rough time. So you've both had covert. So I want to start with that. I'd like to hear your reaction to President Trump's message that it was a blessing from God. That he caught Cove it he said that they're M de severe. The antiviral medication he was given, which doesn't have government approval yet was a cure. When a lot of people are saying a lot of medical experts are saying if anything helped him it was probably the decks amethyst sewn. And The president urged people not to be afraid of covert and said he felt better than he did 20 years ago. What was your reaction to hearing that? Well, you would think that someone who went through such a traumatic experience would have learned something from such a difficult experience. Also, he had the best doctors in the world. And the best the newest medications. When I went in at the beginning of March, I happened to be in a room next to the nurse's station, and there were literally people dying all around me. I was very sick. I was in the hospital for about a week and I heard when people needed to be intubated when they needed to be put on respirators when they were rushed to the I C u when they died in their rooms. My roommate almost died a couple of times I literally had to rip off my own oxygen. I should get to run to the door to get the nurse is in there because he couldn't breathe. And the idea that someone thinks that this is a blessing from God is just absurd. It's absurd. It's a perversion of reality. And I'm sorry that he was sick and I'm sorry so many people in the government have gotten sick from it, But I truly wish they had actually learned something, but it's It's a very dangerous thing, and it should not be toyed with it should not be treated lightly. And to brush it off as nothing as you know, is now he feels better after having had it is just the slap in the face and such a insulted not only everyone who's who has passed away But everyone who's gotten it and it's suffered and is still suffering like myself with residual issues. You said you had residual effects from the cove it What are they I have a lot of swelling in my hands. I get very lethargic, and that's that's mostly what's left of it, but it took my lungs months. Before I could walk outside, walk a couple of blocks outside my lungs. I have double coded pneumonia in both my lungs and there. What? They showed me my chest X rayed five weeks after I came out of the hospital initially And I had my they were all white on a check. Normal chest X ray. Your lungs were supposed to look black and mine were all white, except for two little Strick ce in the middle. And those were the reason I'm sure I wasn't on a respirator. Exactly. He was from I imagine just about everything in your lives has changed because of Cove it and because of a less Becca, let me ask you to describe where you are physically now. In relationship to the I've been wheelchair around since March. So, you know, seven months or so. Um I'm progressing. My limbs Arte! Working. My hands are working. Um, have no diaphragm, So it'll be hard to speak loudly. Um, you know, she's worked. She's using a voice amplifier, right? Yes. You can hear me. I I I sleep with the buy Pap machine, too. Help me breathe better while I sleep. You know? I still have a lot of health inside me, and so I'm pushing forward. Teo find a cure, right? Kinda drunk. Well, help me. She's the strongest person I know. Was was Moulin Rouge, the first show to go dark because there was a case of suspected Cove it in the production. Actually, it wass way were we had on an unusual schedule. We had Thursday matinee days, and we knew that People were getting sick all around us. But we didn't know in the company that anyone was sick or anyone in the building was sick or suspected of being ill. And we all got a text at around. 12 30. Normal time for show to start for Matt native started two o'clock. And we got a text from our producers that's and come to the house. On and we're going to have an emergency meeting at one o'clock, and so literally, everybody in the building had to be there. Stagehands Thie, Usher's house manager. And they said one of our cast members has taken ill and he said the doctor right now and it was it was suspected that he might have coven and so To be proactive and to make sure nobody else got sick. They were going to cancel the matinee and evening show and they were going to sterilize everything that they could And I really applaud our producers for taking that step before any other show did and they canceled the show and nobody knew that they were going to cancel the show. Even the House manager said. There's a whole line of people waiting outside to come in the line goes around the block. And he was just told to tell them that an emergency has come up come up, and we're very sorry, but the show is canceled today. And later on that afternoon, Governor Cuomo actually cancelled all of the Broadway shows. You know that very day that evening for a month. And how? How soon after that, Did you get Cove it, Danny? Let I think a week later. I was wait a little over, like nine days later, I was in the hospital. We're afraid to go to the hospital thinking like, well, maybe I don't have covert, but I'll be exposed to it. If I do go well, I had a feeling I might have it. But and I gotta try to get a test and that took a week and a half to finally come through. But I felt ill, and my doctors kept telling me if you don't Feel if you don't have trouble breathing. Don't go to the hospital because right now the hospitals are dangerous places to actually go. So I was holding on. I was sick and I had fever and I was trying Teo stay away from back as much as I could. And our son Zack was here with us at the time. And I wasn't feeling good. And I decided to take a shower in the evening one evening and I went into the shower and I couldn't breathe and I fell to my needs in the shower. And a voice just came out of me That said, Guys, I need to go to the hospital, and it just literally came out of me. And that voice that decision. Saved my life because my lungs were so bad if I hadn't gone, you know, I probably would have seen us because I just kept any worse on DH. Then my son, Zack walked me. To the hospital ST. Luke's, which has been a block and a half away. And he was looking back at me the whole time, you know, so worried about me and you know, it's a parent. All you want to do is take care of your Children..