People took to the streets on Friday as sirens and flashing lights hit the road, marking a major step in the recovery from Public Safety Officer Clint Willoughby’s COVID-19.
Between the hospital stay and rehabilitation, Willoughby was away from home for 121 days.
“It’s a long time, so I’m very grateful and happy at home,” Willby said.
As friends and family welcomed him into the house, he did so around the Christmas tree that had been decorated just days before Willoughby’s wife Cynthia was hospitalized with COVID-19.
Cynthia quickly recovered and wondered if her already healthy 41-year-old husband would be pulled.
“I tell people all the time that on one hand, the last four months are such a blot. And on the other hand, it seems as if time stood still. So it is very difficult to tell what the last four months have been for us. ‘
Clint says that between the day he was admitted and New Year’s Day, he remembers very little.
Now home, he is still trying to wrap his mind around the countless people who prayed for this day to come.
“I don’t think I deserve all of that, but it was definitely polite to see how many people and stuff there are,” Willby said.
Willoughby said doctors have prepared him for a full year to recover as he continues outpatient rehabilitation to regain lost strength, although he hopes he won’t do so before returning to the job Will happen.
For now, he said that settling down with his wife, daughters and grandchildren is enough.
“I can’t ask for anything else,” Willby said.