Banquet chef Ramon Medina has one gear – on, so when he started experiencing short bouts of confusion and dizziness, he brushed it off as a byproduct of a high stress job and kept going.
He was working in Teterboro, N.J. for a company that operated around the clock to supply meals for private jets. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, he got fewer hours at the New Jersey job and landed a part-time job at a Lehigh Valley area country club to help make ends meet.
Medina, 54, of Lower Macungie Township, eventually landed a full-time job at the local country club and was able to quit his New Jersey job. That ended the long commutes, but the confusion and dizziness continued. While behind the wheel at a stop light or stop sign, he would sometimes lose concentration and couldn’t hear his wife Sandra ask him what was wrong. In one instance, Sandra had to grab the steering wheel.