The LONG Journey BACK
Soap Opera Digest|October 11, 2021
DAYS’s Suzanne Rogers shares the harrowing details of the medical scare that kept her out of Salem for six months.
Stephanie Sloane

Soap Opera Digest: Welcome back, Suzanne! You were on a long break from the show. Can you tell the story of what happened?

Suzanne Rogers: Well, I will start by saying it wasn’t Covid. It was one of those freaky accidents of swallowing a pill and it not going down. It was last November 18th. I had washed my hair that day and set it in curlers, which I do when I’m going to clean house. I figure that way my hair is set and I’m doing two things at one time. I remembered I hadn’t taken one of my horse pills, so I took the pill and I guess I didn’t drink enough water and I thought, “Gosh, that didn’t go down.” So I drank some more water. Well then it wasn’t going up or down and I got to a point where I thought, “I’m not breathing really well here.” And so panic kind of set in because since my mother passed away, I live by myself, so I was concerned. I managed to get to the phone and I called 911 because I didn’t know what to do and I was choking the words out, and in five minutes they were here. I don’t know why the EMTs didn’t try a Heimlich maneuver but they just put me on a gurney and said, “What hospital?” and put an oxygen thing on my nose and I don’t remember a whole lot beyond that.

Digest: When did you get a sense of what happened?

Rogers: I just know that when I did wake up, my curlers were no longer in my hair and most of my hair was in the curlers. So it was a scary kind of realization that I had. I had scabs all over my scalp and I was really kind of scared that I didn’t know what was going on. I know they put me on a ventilator because they thought I had pneumonia, also. But I had been to my doctor the week before, who listened to my heart, listened to my lungs, did a whole blood panel and nothing. I didn’t get any bad results from any of it and all of a sudden, now I have pneumonia? It was right at the height of Covid, so I don’t know if they thought maybe it was going to go into that. All of a sudden, I was aware of where I was and I kept seeing patients being brought in that did have Covid and I thought, “I gotta get out of here,” because I was concerned I was going to get it. That was the fear. They said, “Well, you’ve been here for two weeks.” And that was a shock because I wasn’t aware of any of it. They said, “You have to go to rehab.” And then the myasthenia [gravis, an autoimmune disease that Rogers was diagnosed with in the ’80s] kicked in and it was kind of a snowball effect of, “When is this going to stop?”

Digest: What happened next?

Continue reading your story on the app

Continue reading your story in the magazine


She Fell for Him

An injured trail runner finds help—and love—from a knight on a mountain bike

3 mins read
Reader's Digest US
February 2022


2021 was an unusual year for the automotive industry. While customer demand for new cars rebounded from the economic uncertainty of 2020, automakers found themselves unable to meet that demand because of semiconductor chip shortages and supply chain problems. So what should car shoppers expect for 2022? Much of the same, unfortunately.

3 mins read
January 14, 2022


2021 comenzó con optimismo: fue el año de la esperanza y las vacunas. Sin embargo, una serie de conflictos violentos, una nueva ola del virus y varios recordatorios letales de la crisis climática dejaron claro que sería un año en el que debíamos…

10+ mins read
National Geographic en Español
Enero 2022


The number of Americans applying for unemployment benefits rose last week but remained at historically low levels, suggesting that the job market remains strong.

1 min read
Techlife News
08, January 2022

the lost girls of covid

For 25 years, girls in developing countries have been on a remarkable trajectory of progress. The pandemic is reversing it

10+ mins read
Bloomberg Businessweek
January 10, 2022


Harvard expert details Wuhan lab link to virus

1 min read
January 10, 2022

Closing Schools to Protect Kids Made Them Sick

NOT LONG AGO, parents spent time and energy worrying about contagious diseases other than COVID-19: respiratory syncytial virus (RSV); hand, foot, and mouth disease; strep throat; and even the boring old flu. But the default standards for “safety” haphazardly narrowed and heightened as COVID-19 burst onto the scene. Lockdowns, school closures, and other restrictions substantially limited people’s access to each other.

3 mins read
Reason magazine
February 2022

Staying Relevant

The pandemic has had widely different effects on executives around the world. There are some strategies, however, that anyone can use to adapt to rapid changes

8 mins read
December 31, 2021

Hall Of Famers

Developing the Tech that Made covid Vaccines Possible

7 mins read
December 24, 2021

How a revered vegetarian restaurant barely avoided disaster to do better than ever, despite everything

Dirt Candy’s pandemic survival story

10+ mins read
Bloomberg Businessweek
December 20, 2021