• Bob Vlach, Woodford Sun Staff

Versailles family knows value of staying in quarantine after COVID enters their lives

DAVE AND KIM SCHNELL are pictured with their sons, William, left, and Theo. The only one in their family who did not test positive for the coronavirus in October was youngest son William, now 2. “It was really hard. I’m not going to lie to you,” said Kim of being in quarantine. “… But we would do it again in a heartbeat because it’s the right thing to do.” (Photo submitted)

A little more than a week after her 3-year-old son Theo’s exposure to the coronavirus, Kim (Grieshaber) Schnell contracted COVID-19 and two days later husband Dave was also sick, she said. The only one in their family who did not test positive for the virus in October was youngest son William, now 2, which his mom called “shocking.” Given how much she and Dave come into close contact with their youngest child, she doesn’t know why William didn’t test positive for the virus. Kim and Dave didn’t have any symptoms initially, but they were told to go into quarantine by the Woodford County Health Department until their test results came back, she said. They actually remained in quarantine longer than the recommended 14 days – closer to three weeks because of when Kim started becoming sick, she explained. “We stayed in our house, in our yard. We told our neighbors, we have tested positive, do not come near us,” Kim said. She said they were blessed by the help given to them by friends and family members during their quarantine. And she lauded health department employees for their work during these challenging times of COVID. “It was really hard. I’m not going to lie to you,” said Kim of being in quarantine. “With a 3-year-old and a 1-year-old, to not be able to leave … But we would do it again in a heartbeat because it’s the right thing to do.” She knows contact tracers and others at the health department are doing everything they can to help keep people safe in the midst of a pandemic. “We just all need to show each other grace,” said Kim. She said doctors and research scientist are learning more about COVID-19 every day, so people should be kind to everyone in health care because “they’re doing the best they can to keep people safe.” Kim said she and her husband had different symptoms when they were infected by the virus. “I was experiencing a little more fatigue than normal,” she recalled. The day she was tested, Kim said she woke up with “a really bad head cold,” before expanding to include “pain in my face” – in her nose and behind her eyes. “I had a little bit of tightness in my chest,” she continued, “which is a little bit scary to have chest pain.” Fatigue was her major symptom, while husband Dave had more respiratory issues, she said. “And I am still struggling with (fatigue),” she continued. “I’m three weeks out from my positive test now … and I’m still not able to return to running ...” The former Woodford County High School cross country athlete said she had been running about 30 miles a week before her family got sick. She tried to run two miles last week “and I felt like I had been hit by a truck when I got done – and it was two miles,” she recalled. Even now if she doesn’t exercise, the 32-year-old WCHS graduate said she needs to take a nap in the afternoon. The Schnell family’s experience with COVID began after Kim’s mom, who contracted the virus from a granddaughter, had been around Theo (she’s his babysitter). That was before anybody even knew she was sick with the virus, Kim said. It frustrates this mom of two young children that the virus found her family when they’ve tried to be “so careful.” They created a bubble by only seeing her mom, sister and a few other close family members this summer. “We wore masks. We did everything we could to be as safe as possible,” she said. “It was just so frustrating that it still found its way to us.”

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