Besides the COVID pandemic bringing out the worst in overreach and craziness of many governments (Hello, Australia and New Zealand), it has also separated people from those they love. Parents from children, grandparents from grandchildren, friends from friends. First, it was the fear of COVID, now, it is the lies and gaslighting over the vaccines, treating the naturally immune and unvaccinated as the “other.” It is infinitely sad, and the unelected health bureaucrats and their artificially-imposed requirements have only exacerbated and deepened this wall of separation.
So, it is gratifying to hear about health professionals who worked toward the goal of getting patients well, and reuniting them with those they love.
In June, George Bell, 89, and his wife Joyce, 87, were admitted to James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough, England. George was in failing health, and Joyce had a broken hip. Joyce was fearful, especially since they knew because of COVID restrictions, they would be isolated from one another. The couple had been married for 66 years, and had never spent a day apart.
Couple married for 66 years hug and won't let go as they're reunited after 100 days apart:
+ 'He held me tight and said he'd never leave me again'
— Daily Mail U.K. (@DailyMailUK) October 27, 2021
From the Daily Mail UK:
They married 66 years ago when Joyce was 21 and George was 23 at St Cuthbert’s Church on Newport Road, which is no longer there.
When asked about the secret to a long marriage, Joyce said: ‘Let them have their own way and put your foot down, you have to with George.’
After his National Service at the start of their marriage, George was an electrician, an armature winder, which he loved, and he would make life-size models of engines as a hobby.
Joyce worked as a mobile window dresser and would go round all the big towns in the area to create the displays.
When she turned 65, she didn’t want to retire because she loved it so much.
For their Ruby wedding anniversary, George bought Joyce a beautiful ring that she will always treasure.
‘I made him make me a promise,’ Joyce said. ‘I told him if he ends up going into a home that I’m not going into one.’
But now they are in the nursing home to recuperate, the pair are both pleased with how well they are being looked after.
Joyce was first to arrive at Tollesby Hall Care Home, and the staff’s goal was to reunite the couple again.
Rachel White, activities at Tollesby Hall Care Home, said: ‘With the support from the team here at Tollesby we were able to reunite George and his wife again.
‘When Joyce arrived here at Tollesby Hall we told her husband would be coming in soon after.
‘She was so excited and nervous, she couldn’t sleep, she told staff she felt like a young girl again.
‘It was very emotional when we brought them together for the first time, not just for them but for all the team here at Tollesby who are looking after them.
‘It was such a heart-warming moment to be a part of and moved many of us to tears.
‘With the support of the team here at Tollesby we are looking at getting them back in their home where they can return to their life together to carry on their fairy tale.’
The need for closeness, physical touch, and support cannot be understated. It is a key factor in building and maintaining immunity and the ability to heal. How many lives might have been saved this past year if these restrictions and walls of separation had not been instituted? I am not just talking about death as a direct result of COVID. Many people fell into substance abuse or took their lives because the pandemic left them isolated, alone, and without the physical connection that we all need to stay alive.
How fortunate and blessed the Bells were to be around health professionals who led with compassion and sought to enhance life, and not destroy it.