MOUNT STERLING, Kentucky (LEX 18) — Douglas Craycraft, of Mount Sterling, struggles to breathe every day.
A trip from the microwave to heat up food is enough to lower his oxygen level.
“That’s bad,” he said when his oximeter read “83.” “It should be above 90.”
A trip to the mailbox causes it to plummet.
“It’s terrible,” he said.
He is recovering from COVID-19 after being hospitalized in September. He said he had received the first dose of the vaccine, but it was too late. He already had COVID-19 and tested positive four days later.
“I was thinking, why didn’t I take the picture sooner? That’s what I thought,” Craycraft said as he reflected on his time in the hospital.
His 24-year-old wife, Renee, was hospitalized around the same time due to COVID-19. She was not vaccinated.
“She’s never met a stranger,” he said. “Everyone loved her. They just loved her to death.”
Renee was put on a ventilator at a different hospital than Douglas. He helped make medical decisions for her from his own hospital bed.
“They called sometimes three times a night,” he said of Renee’s medical team. “I took them all.”
After about three weeks of fighting, he said Renee died on October 15, 2021.
“When the doctor told me she died, that was it,” he said in tears. “My whole world was turned upside down.”
He doesn’t want anyone else to experience the immense pain he feels after losing the love of his life, so he encourages people to get the vaccine if they can.
“I just don’t want people to end up like me or my wife,” he said.
It’s a few shots to potentially save a lifetime of pain.
In Kentucky, 30% of adults are not fully vaccinated.
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