Ризики "легкого" перебігу вірусу: місяці наслідків у вигляді різноманітних симптомів різного ступеня важкості
I fell sick in mid-March. My diagnosis of “mild” Covid meant that I avoided going to hospital, but still needed three trips to A&E as the illness peaked. Frustratingly, my tests revealed the “normal” blood, heart, lung and organ function typical of long-haulers. But my body told me otherwise. For six weeks, it felt as though every cell had been poisoned, accompanied by constant chest pain and shortness of breath. During May, I recovered from the worst of it, only to be felled again by a bout of post-viral fatigue that is almost as bad as the disease itself.
Before falling ill, I had enjoyed a stable, long-term relationship with my body. I nourished it with good food, exercise and sleep and it did more or less what I asked it to. Now it has turned on me. My heart, which had gone quietly about its vital work, like so many NHS and care workers, has become a showgirl, nightly pirouetting on the stage of my ribs. I dread going to sleep, which usually occurs sitting up, to avoid the crushing lung pain that comes when I lie flat. Months of viral gastroenteritis have left me with mild colitis of the bowel, necessitating a strict dietary regime; my head aches, my skin prickles, my fatigue covers me like a weighted blanket stitched from dead dogs.
It’s hard to resist the pull of tragedy in the absence of medical answers. Last week, I gave in and spent all day in bed howling. My husband, now required to dress, wash and partially feed me, looked at me with resigned sorrow. “I don’t know how to help you,” he said. I didn’t know either – nobody did – hence the gnawing fear and depression, an ongoing symptom in itself.
Thankfully, this low point of incapacitation has eased a little. Certain things are helping; a nutrition and supplement regime, acupuncture (good but expensive) and total rest (free but not good for the self-employed). As I move from bed to sofa and back again, I learn that Gwyneth Paltrow has designed a new £58 candle that smells like her orgasm. If I had the energy I would do the same but I’m not sure it would sell; my Covid candle has top notes of gluten-free oatcakes, middle notes of humid sheets and a base note of despair.
And yet compared with many others, I am doing reasonably well. I don’t have small children, dependants or live alone. And I have work lined up for when I’m physically stronger – I can at least write by using a transcription app.
Countless others, however, will struggle to manage crippling post-viral symptoms without help. We don’t yet know if post-Covid recovery is worse according to gender, ethnicity or age, but we know that those who are poor or disadvantaged socially will suffer disproportionately. Jobs will be lost, long-term care may be needed. Will long-haulers be eligible for state financial support and free specialist medical care beyond the 12 weeks offered by the NHS? Can we avoid the battle faced by chronic fatigue or ME sufferers, our closest cousins, who have historically found it difficult to a) get diagnosed, b) treated and c) recognised as even having a bona fide disease?
We long-haulers are also at the mercy of the medical establishment, which has not always responded to our dilemma with sympathy. George, a friend and fellow long-hauler, fought her GP for weeks to get a chest MRI, knowing that her lungs weren’t working properly. The MRI revealed she has fibrosis – scarring – in her lungs. The potential long-term effects are sobering, as the lungs feed the other organs with oxygen. Like so many of us, she has yet to understand the impact on her future life.
Those with sympathetic GPs like mine may fare better, but this virus has baffled scientific experts at every turn and it’s the same with recovery. Forget the predicted second wave of Covid-19 – we long-haulers are the second wave. And we need reassurance and help now. It cannot be left to the charity and voluntary sectors to drive research and support, as has happened with those with chronic fatigue.
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfr … and-misery
Пошук предків: Глушак (Брянськ.) Ковальов Федосенко (Могилевськ.)
Оглотков (Горбат. п. НГГ) Алькин Душин Жарков Кульдішов Баландин (Симб. губ.)
Клишкін Власенко Сакунов Кучерявенко (Глухів)
Кириченко Бондаренко Білоус Страшний (Новомоск. Дніпроп.)