“It started with sore joints,” Dunham wrote, “then the pain was accompanied by overwhelming fatigue. Then a fever of 102 years.
“Suddenly my body just revolted.
The New York native, who suffers from a host of chronic illnesses, said she experienced severe symptoms for about three weeks, which she spent in isolation. She did not say where she contracted COVID-19 or where she self-quarantined.
During her illness, she wrote that “the nerves in my feet were burning and the muscles didn’t seem to be doing their job. My hands were numb. I couldn’t tolerate loud noises. I couldn’t sleep but I couldn’t wake up. I lost my sense of taste and smell.
“I felt like I was a complex machine that had been unplugged and then my sons had been rerouted to the wrong entrances.”
Dunham said she did not need to be hospitalized as a doctor was treating her at home, noting that “this kind of practical attention is far too unusual a privilege in our broken healthcare system.
For three weeks, she said her days “melted into each other like a rave gone bad.” ”
After a month, she tested negative for the virus – but still has health issues that she “DID NOT have” before she caught COVID-19.
These included swollen hands and feet, a constant migraine, and debilitating fatigue.
“Even as a chronically ill patient, I had never felt this way,” she writes.
She said she was forced to tell her story after seeing people’s ‘neglect’ of wearing masks, social distancing or taking other precautions to ward off illness.
“When you take the right steps to protect yourself and your neighbors,” she wrote, “you save them a world of pain.”