Thousands of people around the world are suffering from the devastating effects of CVD-19: from fatigue and shortness of breath to memory loss or hair loss. Health 24 spoke to several long passengers. This is the story of Cindy.
He was arrested in June 2021, CVID-19.
I don’t know how I found Covin because, like everyone else, I usually worked from home and was very careful with hygiene and wearing a face mask. When they left, I washed my family and sprayed our shoes and supplies with pesticides if they went to our door. My infection started cold and I went to see my doctor. I was given upper respiratory tract infections and antibiotics, but my symptoms worsened and on June 13, 2021, I tested positive for VV-19.
The next 10 days were a mess. I remember the doctors being called on one level. My lips were black, but not enough oxygen to get to the hospital. Anyway, the hospitals were full. I don’t really know how I lived. I left my son, my fiancé, and my mother with the disease.
My mother is 77 years old, overweight and diabetic, and has survived. At that time, she had already received the first dose of the vaccine and we came to the conclusion that this was the worst case scenario because she was at the top of the list of serious covines and did not fight the way I was. My fiancé was hospitalized and spent seven days in the ICU.
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They had to be different because I changed my pajamas differently. But I don’t remember eating, drinking, or bathing, but I think I did some of these things. I lost 15 pounds[10 kg]in just 10 days because my family lived on ice. I also had some amazing skills. We have a Yorkshire Terrier and Border Cole in the house, and for me Yorkshire was the same as Border Cole. One night I remember lying on my bed and my whole room was covered with poka dots and my hands were like lettuce leaves.
Finally, when I “woke up,” I was very weak. I could neither taste nor smell, I was coughing and my chest was tight. Without help, I could not get out of bed and into the living room. I couldn’t work on my cell phone and it was confusing to say the clock – I didn’t know what time it was. Names and details were difficult to remember. The TV was very bright and the sound was very loud. After that, the brain fog was intense for a few days, but it quickly floated down.
So my journey to recovery began…
Fear, anxiety, and PTSD
The scariest sign to win was fear. I was afraid that my body would get worse and worse and that I would have new symptoms every day.
Terrorism ensued because I still had the thought of dying.
Concerned, I stopped sleeping in my room. Eventually, I went back to bed in my room but we changed the room completely. I felt like a pit of death, so I could not have it.
The panic attacks stopped about a month later, but because of my chronic PTSD (anxiety disorder) and persistent fear, any small sign would seem overwhelming. So, for example, if I have a headache, I think there is a clot in my brain. During my illness, the light hurt my eyes so much that I blinked as I closed my eyes. Now, when I see Christmas lights or any other shining lights, it brings me back to my pain. I have this mental association and it is horrible.
Visit my doctor
Blood tests were done and I found that I had pneumonia and bleeding. Immediate action was taken and I sat on a blood transfusion. I also had an X-ray. On the 10th day of my illness, I had a photo taken of my lungs. That’s when Dr. Kovy told me I had pneumonia. I had to wait a month for my second X-ray. When they look at the contrast between the two X-rays, they do not believe they are the same pair of lungs. The first X-ray is actually only two black bags, and on the other, you can even see my ribs.
I remember the days when I could not feel my feet. I expect them to be blue but they seem normal. I struggled to eat and drink, because for the most part, I could not taste or smell, it seemed like meaningless exercise. I lost weight. My taste and smell are still not fully restored. It beats and flows and some days are better than others.
Last week, after three to four months of not being able to smell, I was able to smell my fiancé’s decor. I do a scent training that smells like strong oils – it stimulates my sense of smell and while growth is slow, I feel there is improvement. I have never smelled any household cleaner before. Now, at least I can get a whip. I recently smelled something that I hadn’t smelled in months, and I cried.
It may seem silly, but smells and tastes are a big part of our happiness, joy, social experience and happiness.
I had previously walked five miles[5 km]to the park or played tennis. I can’t do anything at this time. As I walk around the mall, I have to walk a little slower than I did before my covi infection. Fast forward two months, and I began to believe that I had beaten this thing. Breathing is normal but in any case exercise is very difficult. My heartbeat is distorted. It shows graphs showing how my Fitbit’s heart rate fluctuates up and down.
Body aches and pains have become commonplace. One day my neck and back are next to my arms and legs. It’s really hard to talk about countless physical symptoms without people realizing they are thinking about your mental health. And you can’t live on painkillers, so you have to try something more comprehensive, such as meditation. I have an app on my phone and I do breathing exercises that focus on my breathing – this is a kind of meditation. It makes me sleep soundly.
Instead of trying to take a lot of painkillers during the day, I do breathing techniques. I try to fill my time with healthy stimuli such as music, yoga, supplements, and personal interactions. My heart is recovering and I am breathing well.
But I feel like I’m 20 years old. In the past, I was not able to stay awake until midnight at 08.30. But things have changed. I can’t get out of bed before 7 o’clock in the morning, so the sky will help me if I need to get anywhere before 8 o’clock in the morning.
Coping with hair loss
I began to experience what I called Pinprick. A week later, my hair started to fall out. I had very thick hair and it started to fall out a little. It was so bad that I had to get a wig. I think I took chemotherapy. As a result, blood tests were done, and my thyroid, sugar, kidneys, and iron levels were all healthy and normal, but that did not stop my hair from falling out.
In about a week, I will finally be diagnosed with cancer. I have short hair that is less than an inch long. I spent a lot of money on treatments and nothing was done to stop it.
I make fun of him to hide his fears again without hair – he feels like he can be real.
There is a condition called Telegen influenza. It is not necessarily associated with HIV, but with viral infections – covine. And in extreme cases you will lose all your hair. So your body is trying to take care of all the important parts of your body, and the last thing to worry about is your hair. Explains my experience.
It’s amazing how many people Covin is tall and not talking about it. Suffering in silence only makes you more anxious because you do not know what to do and where to go. I definitely had PTSD and needed advice. I talk to my coach and they help me with my triggers, and he helps me in this ordeal.
A changed personality
I seem to have completely changed my personality because I am so weak, I used to be Gung-ho About life and very powerful. I was very loud at the party. Now I am not even in the party. My feelings are raw. I have re-examined myself. I don’t want to go out anymore – I’m so scared. I don’t want to take the opportunity to get sick again. I’m having a hard time and I don’t want to be social and go to dinner.
I work in marketing and my life revolves around entertainment, hospitality and events. I don’t want to be there now. I work 100% from home. I received my second vaccine on October 8 and am trying to calm myself down and maintain a good internal conversation.
I weep over the loss and grief of other people. My respect for those who suffer from not only long-term cobweb but also other symptoms has increased, and I want everyone to know that they are heroes in my eyes.
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