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High School Sweethearts separated by 'no visitors' mandate

Posted at 5:21 AM, Apr 01, 2020

For the first time in close to 40 years, Becky Andrepont hasn't seen her husband Scott in almost a week.

"We've been a couple since we were 16 years old, and this August it will be 36 years we've been married," says Becky.

Inseparable since their teens, the couple hardly knew a day without each other, until last Thursday.

"My husband had a massive stroke. He's currently at Our Lady of Lourdes in the ICU in an induced coma," explains Becky, who is staying home due to a state mandate that keeps all visitors out of Louisiana hospitals.

"This is painful. This is physical pain for me that he is in the hospital and I can't step foot in the hospital," says Becky. "I think if I was there by his side like I normally am, and I could talk to him or read to him or play him his favorite music, you know, provide stimulation constantly, I think he would heal a lot sooner."

Searching for ways to feel close to her husband, Becky is getting the nurses involved in creative ways to show her love in his time of need.

"I asked them to put the phone next to his ear so I could talk to him and the very first time they did that, the nurse said his heart rate went up slightly."

While she waits and hopes for a change in the near future, Becky has a message for those who haven't been as careful.

"Stop and think before they say 'Oh, I'm going to Lowe's and buy flowers or potting soil.' Think about that, by you doing this and not complying with the mandates, that it could extend this stay at home thing, and in the meantime, we can't see our loved ones in the hospital," says Becky.

She has been told Scott will be in the hospital for at least another month, and she's hoping everybody can stay home and flatten the curve so she can be reunited with her love.