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Manuel Rossi recovering from COVID-19

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Raggy

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Camino(s) past & future
2017, 2018, 2019
Manuel Rossi (president of the association of the Camino de Ucles) posted a video message to Facebook from hospital today:

You might know Manuel as the president of the Amigos of the Camino de Ucles, which leads into the Camino de Madrid. If you spend time looking into less well-known Caminos, you will come across videos of him making ceramic tiles with all the flags of the world, repairing vandalized mojons, and welcoming pilgrims to the Camino. I haven't walked this way yet, and I haven't met Manuel in person, but it's on my list. To me, the essence of the Camino is people like Manuel who put so much into it.

Today, on Day 24 with COVID-19, he is getting by without supplemental oxygen for the first time since his condition deteriorated. He's on the mend! The video mentions Maria - I assume his wife - who is also getting better.

I felt very heartened to see this, even though he and Maria haven't fully recovered yet. I wanted to share his post so that you can wish him well.
 
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Canuck

Veteran wanderer
Camino(s) past & future
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Maria and Manuel are dear friends totally dedicated to the Camino de Uclés.
I was very sad to see them in such a difficult situation caused by the Coronavirus.
Fortunately, they are getting better and will make it back stronger than ever.
I wish them a quick recovery and give them the biggest virtual hug.
Ànimo!!!
 

susanawee

susanawee
Camino(s) past & future
Camino Frances-(2013/14/18
Camino Salvado Perth -(2015)
West Highland Way (2016)
Lyon France 2017
I will keep my candle burning for Manuel and Maria as they depart hospital together and, also for all the peoples of Spain who are facing such challenges at present . I see by reading the posts and listening to Manuel, that all is still not 100% with them both, especially Manuel....Love and Camino Blessings and prayer to both.
 

Raggy

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Camino(s) past & future
2017, 2018, 2019
An update - It appears that Manuel was readmitted to hospital after a relapse. He has recovered and is back home again after 44 days of battling this virus. It just shows how tough COVID-19 can be to shake off:
 

Isca-camigo

Active Member
Camino(s) past & future
Various ones.
He went back into hospital again ( day 61), he posted an update on the Ucles Facebook yesterday. He is having difficulty breathing again and his Oxygen levels had dropped low. He shared his thoughts and he is not in good place understandably, he is mentally tired and weary of this ongoing fight for life.
 

VNwalking

Wandering in big circles
Camino(s) past & future
Francés ('14/'15)
San Olav/CF ('16)
Baztanés/CF ('17)
Ingles ('18)
Vasco/CF/Invierno ('19)
Oh, no.
Prayers for his healing and complete recovery.
( I don't have Facebook. Is there any way to get word to him and Maria that people out here are praying for him and wishing him well?)
 

Raggy

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
2017, 2018, 2019
I don't have Facebook. Is there any way to get word to him and Maria that people out here are praying for him and wishing him well?
You could send a message to the Ucles association email address
asociacionamigoscaminodeucles@gmail.com

He has said that the messages of support that he receives are what's keeping him going. I'm sure that he will be heartened to hear from people in this community. I'm just stunned by the viciousness of this virus.
 

VNwalking

Wandering in big circles
Camino(s) past & future
Francés ('14/'15)
San Olav/CF ('16)
Baztanés/CF ('17)
Ingles ('18)
Vasco/CF/Invierno ('19)
Thank you, Raggy.
Will do.

I am wondering if this is still happening, or if Fr Manny (or anyone) says intercessionary prayers at the Cathedral in Santiago.
@SYates, @JohnnieWalker, @natefaith ... anyone know?

I ask, not only because the world is in such a state but because of Manuel.
It sounds like he could use some extra and special prayers right now....
 

Raggy

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
2017, 2018, 2019
Recent articles about long-term effects of COVID-19 have helped me to understand what Manuel may be going through. Keep sending Manuel your best wishes:

‘Finally, a virus got me.’ Scientist who fought Ebola and HIV reflects on facing death from COVID-19 (Science magazine)
Many people think COVID-19 kills 1% of patients, and the rest get away with some flulike symptoms. But the story gets more complicated. Many people will be left with chronic kidney and heart problems. Even their neural system is disrupted.

What life becomes when covid-19 won’t go away (paywall - Washington Post)
https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2020/05/09/seven-weeks-with-coronavirus/?arc404=true
My family stands in the doorway to visit sometimes, and other people text or call. “Are you feeling better yet?” It’s like they’re becoming impatient.
 
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Raggy

Veteran Member
Camino(s) past & future
2017, 2018, 2019
On Day 67 of his struggle with coronavirus , Manuel has been released from hospital. I'm going to share his humorous message in the COVID humor thread: "Goodbye, hospital. But look out - I'm leaving Wilson!"

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