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Updated: Aug 26, 2021

(Rev. Dr. Nicholas "Nick" Marica is a 69 year old pastor who was diagnosed with Covid-19 and Diabetes on Christmas Day, 2020. He spent the next 6 months in three different hospitals. This blog tells the story of the struggles that he and his family endured.)

My story begins in the ER on Christmas 2020. (Merry Christmas!) I tested positive for Covid and I was admitted. My blood sugar tested at 172 and I was told I was diabetic. I would later learn that my A1C was 11.7 when it should be between 5.7 - 6.4. I was a walking time bomb and didn’t know it. Because I was in quarantine Kathy was not allowed to see me until January 7th. I was to be in the Covid ICU unit until January 17th. Things went south pretty quick. I was put into a medically induced coma and a ventilator was inserted. Kathy’s understanding was that the ventilator meant that the end was very near; she was understandably very upset.

The doctor called Kathy and allowed her to bring one other person on January 7th. Pastor David Cash and Kathy were allowed to be with me for about an hour or so. Dr Titus and Pastor Dave and Kathy went into a conference room and he explained to Kathy the possible outcomes. Kathy would be asked 3 times to “pull the plug”.

Pastor Cash told Kathy to fight for me with everything she had. That advice saved my life. Kathy told the doctors to treat me as aggressively as possible.


Rev. Dr. N. Patrick Marica contributes incisive Christian commentary on this blog on a regular basis. He is the Vice-Chancellor of Amherst Theological Seminary, and a D. Min. from Amherst Theological Seminary. He has his MA from Liberty University in Marriage and Family Therapy. He is the author of the book: "The Walk Applied". He has also written "The Fasting and Prayer Handbook" He is the Director of Godly Training Ministries. He has been married to Kathy since 1985. They have 2 adult daughters and an extraordinary son-in-law.

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