Doctors call Soddy Daisy woman a medical miracle after surviving double pneumonia
SODDY DAISY, TN (WRCB) -
This holiday season is extra special for one Soddy Daisy woman. Vickie Bolus says she's lucky to be alive. Doctors call her a medical miracle after surviving a deadly strain of double pneumonia.
"You have two junctions in your life. Your birth and your death," Vickie said. "Make that journey in between mean something."
In Vickie's 70-year-old journey, life includes a second chance.
"I treat every day as a gift," she said.
Earlier this year, a normal doctor visit turned into being rushed to the hospital with a deadly case of pneumonia.
"They fought to save my life," Vickie said.
Doctors told her husband, John, to expect the worst.
"When you spend 50 years together, and all of the sudden it seems like it's just gonna be one of you, it's scary," he said.
"They came out in the emergency room and told me I need to probably start making plans," John recalled. "I didn't accept that. I said no, she's a fighter."
That was in February. Vickie said she doesn't remember waking up for several months. But John was by her side every day.
"He was the first face that I saw," she remembered.
After starting rehab at Hixson's Life Care Center facility, Vickie thought she was out of the woods when complications caused her throat to close.
"We had to start the journey all over," she said.
After pulling through, doctors told vickie she was a medical miracle and the oldest surviving double pneumonia patient in Tennessee.
"God just wasn't through with me yet," she said. "I have something else I have to do."
That's why this holiday season is extra special -- sharing it with family, and appreciating the gift of a second chance.
"Be thankful for everything that you have," Vickie said.
With winter approaching, the Boluses stress the importance of getting a flu shot and pneumonia shot.