Author Jennifer Dornan-Fish describes a never-ending chapter with a long COVID; offers a cautionary tale
Symptoms can fall into a wide range from mild to severe, but for patients and doctors it can be incredibly confusing and frustrating to deal with. A California author said her experience with the long COVID is like a chapter that won’t end.
Over the past couple of years, writer Jennifer Dornan-Fish feels like she’s had the twists and turns of a character in one of her books.
“I write thrillers under a pen name, Ellison Cooper,” she said. Its protagonist is an FBI neuroscientist who studies the brains of serial killers. Dornan-Fish said she enjoys solving difficult puzzles.
“It’s been my own personal medical mystery,” she said.
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In March 2020, while California was issuing stay-at-home orders, the novelist was exposed to the novel coronavirus.
“I never went purple. My blood oxygen never went too low. I never went to the ER,” Dornan-Fish said.
But after a few weeks, her illness took on different forms.
“I had weird rashes. I started having tachycardia. I had headaches,” she said. The 46-year-old’s heart rate would skyrocket just from standing up.
“It started my round robin seeing every specialist under the sun. I got to the point where after about three months I was completely bedridden,” Dornan-Fish said.
Researchers say a third of people with mild to moderate COVID continue to have varying degrees of long-term symptoms.
After nearly a year, Dornan-Fish, who is also a wife and mother, could barely function.
“It was a very, very dark time where I was like, ‘Am I just stuck in bed for the rest of my life?'” she said.
Dornan-Fish read and researched everything she could find on the long-running COVID syndrome.
“A lot of viruses cause all kinds of serious long-term problems,” she said.
Doctors diagnosed Dornan-Fish with dysautonomia and POTS, a blood flow disorder that makes her dizzy when she stands up.
Although there is no standard treatment for post-COVID syndrome, lifestyle changes, medications to treat symptoms, and supplements such as D-ribose, CoQ10, NADH, and vitamins B in high doses helped.
“I can shower regularly. I can actually play with my son, but one of the hardest things was not being able to be his mother at all,” Dornan-Fish said.
As Americans prepare to go back to life as if the virus is gone, Dornan-Fish hopes what happened to her will serve as a cautionary tale.
“The story that it’s a mild virus for most people isn’t accurate, and I think we’re going to be sorry we don’t recognize the potential problems that COVID can cause,” he said. she declared.
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