"This got brought into our home. My mom never left the house. My husband was so careful. Stop being selfish," she said.
Last week, Oklahoma City ICU nurse Lizanne Jennings witnessed her husband, Dennis, take his last breath. "Are you ready to be at peace?" she recalled asking him as she comforted him in the moments before he succumbed to COVID-19 on November 23. "'He said, 'Uh-huh.' And I said, 'OK. Mom's fine. She's back at the house. She's going to stay with me.' Because I knew he would keep fighting if I told him my mom had already died. And so they started giving him morphine and Ativan. I turned him over and I rubbed his back. I said, 'I love you.' He said, 'I love you.' And I said, "You're going to go now, OK? You can finally be at peace,'" she recounted the heartbreaking conversation to CNN.
I also forgot to add my son just tested positive, and is running a fever, and just generally feels terrible. His grandmother died of COVID, his dad is dying from COVID & now he has it because he helped me care for them. Keep him in your thoughts. His name is Brayden 💔💔 broken!— DemTruthTellerResister (@JenningsLizanne) November 22, 2020
30 minutes later, Dennis took his last breath and Jennings was left without her support systems. Her mother, Linda—who had also been infected with COVID-19—had passed away just three days earlier and her son Brayden, an attorney, couldn't be by his mom's side as he had also tested positive for the virus. "It's just so raw," she said. "Sometimes I'm grieving for my husband and then I realize my mom's gone. And I'm grieving for my mom. I just think ... oh, I'm going to go tell Dennis but then Dennis is gone. So the two people that would have been so supportive ... you know, they're both gone."
I’m not going to unite with the very individuals who contributed to the deaths of my mother & husband within 72 hours. She was gone Friday am & he passed last night. The lack of leadership, guidance & compassion sickens me. They lived long enough to vote for Biden/Kamala 💔 pic.twitter.com/WV1qaAdhGP— DemTruthTellerResister (@JenningsLizanne) November 24, 2020
Jennings added that the sense of losing two of their loved ones left her and her sons feeling like they were drowning. "As we go down, we're trying to push the other one back up to take a breath," she said. "It didn't have to be this way... Our family didn't have to be gutted." Brayden lamented not being able to be there to support his mom after his dad's death, saying: "It's kind of like we're broken, but we're continuing to break. And at that time when I got that positive result that, that took away her support system. They were both in the hospital, and I couldn't come hug my mom because I couldn't get her sick."
Linda Jennings & Dennis Davis. They were our family. My husband & my mom. Look at them, say their names & don’t let them be invisible anymore. Say the names of all the people who were ravaged by lack of leadership, ignorance & selfishness. It didn’t have to be like this. https://t.co/GwTK223Jum pic.twitter.com/Qid9QVdDkq— DemTruthTellerResister (@JenningsLizanne) November 28, 2020
Jennings and Brayden remembered Dennis, who had beaten his son in a pushup contest before falling ill, as strong and "full of life." However, as he neared his end, the ICU nurse watched him lying on his stomach in a hospital bed. Moments after his death, she bathed him and cut his hair. "And then I left him," said Jennings. "There's nothing else. I couldn't save either one of them. If people don't wear masks, they don't want to wear a mask... This got brought into our home. My mom never left the house. My husband was so careful. Stop being selfish. Stop being selfish. That's all."
My husband died Monday night & my mom died last Friday am. The lack of leadership, ability to listen to the experts, care about anyone but himself, contributed to this. We won’t have a celebration as two of my five family members are gone. #HealOurNation #COVID19 pic.twitter.com/bX24TAw2p5— DemTruthTellerResister (@JenningsLizanne) November 25, 2020
Months before Dennis' death, in March when the first wave of the pandemic had just hit America, Jennings remembers talking to her husband about how much worse things were going to get. "'Look at me. This is going to get bad. This is going to get so bad,'" she told him. "I said, 'One of us could die and I need you to hear that and I need you to wear your mask and I need you to hand sanitize. And so he did... Mom stayed home for eight and a half months. And so you have people that are doing everything right and we didn't get to hug my mom and we didn't go anywhere... And we still lost them. It doesn't matter how strong you are. People are like, 'Oh man, Dennis is so strong. He's going to make it.' It happens no matter what. The virus keeps winning."
@realDonaldTrump said "covid is a hoax. That it would disappear by April, by Summer. That it's just like the flu, it affects virtually nobody. Covid covid covid. You watch by November 3 they'll stop talking about it." #Trump lies.https://t.co/IYm0AGDnAB pic.twitter.com/VXDqQmQzVN— Lee Saunders (@LeeSaunders72) December 2, 2020