Nowadays, Thomas Hardwick is spending his waking hours at Clovis Community Medical Center by his wife’s side.
“She was healthy, after which overnight, she just went downhill. I mean fast, downhill,” he stated.
Hardwick says Laura was lately diagnosed with West Nile.
“You never think it will occur to you until it does and then when it does it hits you want a tornado. There’s nothing you may even say or do. It is just mind-boggling,” he stated.
Nobody knows where Laura got infected. However, the family says they’re just a few spots in Fresno and Clovis that are being assessed.
On the Fourth of July, they had been in Clovis celebrating, and Thomas says his wife got a couple of mosquito bites.
“Around the 7th is when she began getting the signs of being tired had malaise, did not want to do something, and it just progressed,” Hardwick stated. “Then, on the morning of the 11th, we brought her in, and she was out of it. She collapsed twice within the ER coming in.”
Laura is just too weak to walk, and she can’t feed herself.
She is recovering. However, there’s a long road ahead of her. She is going to be soon transferred to a rehab facility.
Now Thomas, together with the rest of his family, are warning one bite can change everything.
“Do not let your water stand and spray whenever you go outside since you shouldn’t have to go through this,” he mentioned.
The Consolidated Mosquito Abatement District says 120 samples have tested positive for West Nile.
While it does take some time to verify the virus, they do not wait to go out to try to mitigate the issue.
“If we have the proper conditions. We arrange a spray route, and we’d send our truck with a mounted fogger to use an ultra-low volume of this insecticide. It creates a mist that might drift through these areas, contact the adult mosquitoes, and kill them,” mentioned district supervisor Steve Mulligan.