"When I found out it was as a dishwasher, I thought, 'Well, okay! I guess I'm a dishwasher now,'" said Mary Daniel.
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A 57-year-old woman from Florida took some extraordinary measures to be able to see her husband, whom she had not seen for 114 days, because of the pandemic. Mary Daniel had been searching for a way to see her husband, Steve, at his nursing home since it was closed to visitors as a health precaution.
She took matters into her own hands and found a way to see her husband of 24 years who has early-onset Alzheimer's disease. He has been staying at a memory care unit of a nursing home, Rosecastle at Deerwood, for almost a year, as per People magazine.
As per TODAY, it was a hard decision for him to live there but he had shown that he was better in an environment when he could socialize. When a dishwashing job at the nursing home opened up, the woman from Jacksonville, Florida took it up just so she could see her husband every day like she used to.
Before the quarantine, she used to see her husband every evening, she told TODAY. But that changed in March with restrictions imposed by the nursing home and when Gov. Ron DeSantis issued an executive order prohibiting visitation to nursing homes in the state.
"I went to see him every single night, got him ready for bed," Mary said. "I went in on March 10 and on March 11, they called and said, 'You can’t come back.'"
She used to see her 66-year-old husband through a window initially but then she thought of volunteering or getting a job at the nursing home. "They said, 'Let’s wait to see what happens,'" the 57-year-old said.
Seeing him through a window wasn't working out as it would make her husband distressed. Steve would cry when he saw her and wasn't able to understand what was going on. This broke her heart. She had to wait a while before a job opened up there.
"Then, out of the blue two weeks ago, they called and said, 'Do you want a job?' When I found out it was as a dishwasher, I thought, 'Well, okay! I guess I'm a dishwasher now,'" she said. "I had to have a background check, a drug test, a COVID test, 20 hours of video training on everything, including infectious diseases. It was 100 percent legit."
And, she did all of that just to be able to spend time with the man she's been in love with for more than 24 years. “The last thing I want is to be reckless and bring it in there," she added. "I’ve been tested three times. I’m not going places I don’t need to go. If I have to go to the grocery store, I’m social distancing."
When they finally were able to see other again, her husband became teary-eyed and even called out her name, which was a sign that he recognized his wife. She is grateful that the nursing home he lives in is small, with only 50 residents. They have also no cases of COVID-19.
She works there two days a week and the shifts are an hour-and-a-half long. She gets to spend those evenings with Steve just like they did before the lockdown. The $9 an hour job lets her hold his hand, watch TV with him, to get him ready for bed, just as she used to do, as per The Palm Beach Post.