CORAL SPRINGS, FL – The widow of a Coral Springs accountant who died of complications related to coronavirus (COVID-19) earlier this month is feeling better.
Like her late husband, Alan Kaplan, Ellen has COVID-19, as well. The worst of the symptoms are behind her, though she still gets the chills.
Ellen, 64, just re-tested for the virus and the result came back negative. She needs to be tested negative again in two weeks to be cleared completely.
“Hopefully this will end soon,” she said Thursday.
Just after Alan’s death on April 3, Ellen has been quarantined at home, alone, without having her two daughters and grandchildren close by.
“We haven’t been able to give hugs and kisses and support each other,” she said. “It’s not a normal grieving process.”
Ellen shared her story of losing Alan -- her “soulmate” -- on TAPinto Coral Springs on April 18. Read her story here. Since then, some readers wanted to know how she was doing.
Overall, Ellen said she is physically better but emotionally she is struggling. She and Alan were married for 43 years and practically finished each other’s sentences and thoughts. Losing him in a matter of a week or so to the virus was devastating and even more painful was not being able to attend his funeral due to the pandemic.
She’s grateful to her neighbors and friends for bringing her groceries and medicine and checking up on her.
Still, Ellen really misses Alan and wishes she could have done more to save him. Now that there’s more information available about the virus, she said she is questioning her judgment in not pushing harder to get Alan hospitalized sooner after he was feeling pain in his legs. She heard on the news that pain in the legs is one of the early symptoms.
“Maybe we could have acted differently,” she said.
Most important to her, she said, is getting retested and cleared of the virus, and eventually getting out of her house and seeing her daughters who live in Tampa and Clermont, which is south of Orlando.
“We just want to see each other and support each other, and just grieve together. We weren’t able to have closure, and we’re looking for a way to finally have it,” Ellen said.
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