98 Days, a True Covid-19 Story

98 days, a true Covid-19 story

A story that needs to be told

This book is about a 63-year-old man getting Covid-19 in 2020. Spending time in a coma and on a ventilator, 98 total days in the hospital. The persistence and fighting hospital protocols his family went through, with emotions running on a roller coaster ups and downs. With life teetering in the balance, they pushed through the red tape and had a huge hand in Doug's survival. There were things that happened along the way that proved that there is a higher power. The story will suck you in and keep your interest to the end.

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About Doug Hines

Douglas Hines is a lifelong resident of Iola, Wisconsin, currently 66 years of age. He started out in the construction business out of high school and then got into the insurance business at age 21, where he has been ever since. Additionally, he has been the Town Clerk in his township for the last 32 years.

Doug has a beautiful family starting with his wife Linda of 39 years, daughters Shaon, Angela, Amanda, Ashley, and son Tyler. He also has 8 grandchildren and one great grandson.

In July of 2020, Doug contracted Covid 19, from where who knows. He tried to stay out of the hospital but eventually had to go to Marshfield Clinic in Marshfield, Wi. on August 7th, 2020. After some time there, he was transferred to Madison Select Specialty in Madison, Wi. and then finally to Thedacare Rehab in Neenah, Wi. He did not come home until November 13th, 2020.

During this time, there were a lot of unusual things that happened with Doug and his family. Prayers were felt by hundreds of people, friends of friends, and many he did not even know. Emotions of joy, sadness, and survival like a roller coaster ride were felt as they fought through this time.

Doug and his family kept saying that their story would make a good book or movie. So, in March of 2022, Doug decided it was time to put their story on paper. The resulting book, 98 DAYS, is now published!

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Book reviews

See what people are saying about the book.

Good afternoon Doug, we received your book and today I was able to read it. I enjoyed the book very much, it brought tears to my eyes along with laughter. Thank you for sharing you and your family's experience. We are hoping for a full recovery so you can come to Door County and have an Old Fashion.

Christina and Steve

This book should of come with a box of Kleenex. XO. Oh my goodness I'm almost halfway through, I'm so emotional and want to squeeze your entire family! Love you all.


Finished this book in one day. Y'all made me laugh and cry! Thank you for sharing your inspiring journey through all perspectives and also bringing to light topics that crucially need to be addressed and corrected within our healthcare systems. Us medical professionals really need to advocate for change, we can and need to do better. Such a beautiful family and so thrilled/relieved you can continue to experience all these continued blessings with one another. (P.S. this book will be proudly displayed on my desk at work!)


I just wanted to let you know I started reading 98 Days this morning and I can't put it down. So well written. So much that no one could have imagined what you and your family went through. Took courage to write the book and so proud of Doug and your family. Love you guys.


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