“Leave It to Beaver” star Tony Dow is wrestling with a vicious case of pneumonia. And while he has tested negative for COVID-19 multiple times, he had to wait 24 hours to get a hospital bed due to the recent surge of coronavirus cases in California, per Fox News.
Dow’s wife Lauren recently updated fans on her husband’s condition via Facebook. She described a “violent” cough that pains Dow to the top of his skull, and, once he secured a bed at the hospital, “lots of IVs.”
“It amazes me that a body can survive on IVs alone,” Lauren wrote. “It is heartbreaking to see his arms so bruised and battered.”
‘Leave It to Beaver’ Star Is in Good Spirits
However, Lauren added that Dow is keeping up with his daily exercise by walking the hospital corridors with his nurse. He is in good spirits, she said, and appreciates fans of the show’s thoughts and concerns.
“For the most part, members of his medical ‘team’ are compassionate,” Lauren added. “And we appreciate their efforts.”
Dow’s family is hoping to get him back home soon. In the meantime, Lauren said Dow’s recovery is proceeding slowly.
“If only he could get rid of that darn cough,” she posted.
Dow Has Made Peace With His Character from the Show
While he’s grateful for his fans now, Dow has in the past had mixed feelings about “Leave It to Beaver.” In a 2017 interview with the Arizona Republic, Dow expressed some of the same feelings shared by other young stars who hit it big early in their careers, only to discover that they’ve been typecast and can’t get different roles.
“I was a little angry that when I’d go after parts, a lot of the times I wouldn’t get them because I was too identified with the Wally [Cleaver] character,” Dow explained then.
But with time, Dow came to appreciate the significant cultural staying power of the show. And he’s carried lessons from “Leave It to Beaver” with him through bouts of depression and two cancer scares.
“It’s nice to be remembered any way you can, so I have accomplished that,” Dow told the Republic. “I’m much more appreciative of the show [now]. I was not unappreciative, but I was always a little rebellious.”
As Dow learned to take himself a little less seriously, he found life weighed on him less. And that positive attitude will no doubt serve him well in his current battle with pneumonia, which he will hopefully recover from quickly.