Temecula resident crosses the COVID-19 finish line at Temecula Valley Hospital

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David Rich and wife Roxana
Temecula resident David Rich poses for a photo with his wife Roxana after being released from Temecula Valley Hospital where he was treated for COVID-19. Valley News/Courtesy photo

TEMECULA – Temecula resident David Rich recovered from COVID-19 at Temecula Valley Hospital and was released.

“I thought I had the flu,” he said. “After about a week of my temperature spiking to 104 degrees, I knew something was wrong since I wasn’t getting better.”

Rich said he is normally a healthy Temecula resident. He hardly ever gets sick or takes prescriptions. He enjoys time outdoors and does landscaping and yardwork, and he recently replaced the gutters on his home.

His wife Roxana Rich thought at first he had heatstroke, she said. She monitored her husband while he wasn’t feeling well at home and began to worry.

“His temperature alarmed me,” she said.

She took him into Temecula Valley Hospital’s emergency room, and he was diagnosed with COVID-19 and came home to recover in quarantine in his own home.

As the symptoms continued to get worse, Roxana said she needed to bring her husband back into Temecula Valley Hospital for further treatment.

“I felt very scared,” she said. “As soon as the nurse came up to the car to help me with David, she reassured me. She listened to me and helped me calm down. It was very traumatic. I hugged and kissed David so many times before they took him into the hospital, not knowing if I would ever see him again.”

David was admitted to the COVID-19 unit and spent the next few days receiving the antiviral medication treatment of remdesivir. While in the hospital, he texted with his wife and was able to call and FaceTime her during his stay. Roxana said she connected with her husband’s health care team for status updates often, calling his nurse at 3 a.m. to check in on him when she couldn’t sleep.

“Even though I couldn’t see him, I was kept informed,” Roxana said.

Once David’s vitals returned to normal, he was discharged. He was welcomed home with a sign that his wife made him with the words: “COVID FINISH LINE! YOU DID IT! YOU WON! MY COVID HERO!”

“From the start to the finish, the Temecula Valley Hospital team was professional, friendly and provided superb care,” David said. “I give Temecula Valley Hospital an A+!”

Roxana said she has a newfound respect for health care professionals.

“I knew that David was getting the care he needed, and I needed to trust our medical team. I have great respect for doctors, nurses and all health care professionals,” she said.

David and Roxana recently visited Temecula Valley Hospital to drop off a thank you to the staff who cared for him. David said he is feeling more like himself every day and even mowed his lawn recently.

Temecula Valley Hospital, with a five-star Medicare Hospital Compare rating, brings advanced technology, innovative programs, patient-centered and family sensitive care to area residents featuring 140 private patient rooms. Temecula Valley Hospital is the first Universal Health Services Hospital Emergency Department in the country to achieve accreditation from the American College of Emergency Physicians as a Geriatric Emergency Department. Temecula Valley Hospital specializes in advanced cardiac services, stroke care, general and surgical specialties and orthopedics as a recent Blue Distinction Center Designation for Quality in knee and hip replacement surgeries. Temecula Valley Hospital is nationally recognized for patient safety by the Leapfrog Group, with a 2017 Top Hospital Award and seven ‘A’ grades for patient safety. For more information, visit https://www.temeculavalleyhospital.com/about/news.

Submitted by Temecula Valley Hospital.