COVID-19 long-haulers talk about their long road to recovery

COVID-19 long-haulers talk about their long road to recovery

(WXYZ) – Two long COVID-19 carriers share their stories almost a year after their diagnosis. It’s been a year of ups and downs, but in the end both are happy to be still alive and the progress they have made.
Lynus Parker and Heather Elizabeth-Brown were both diagnosed with COVID-19 almost a year ago. Both had to be placed on a fan. But today they are much better both physically and mentally.

“I almost lost my life. I almost died, ”said Elizabeth-Brown.

“It’s been a real whirlwind, I guess that would be one way to describe it,” Parker said.

Parker and Elizabeth-Brown are two long COVID-19 carriers who continue to improve every day after surviving COVID-19.

“It was tough, but at the end of the day you have to overcome it. I am fortunate to be alive and to keep moving forward, ”said Parker.

Lynus was placed on a ventilator for 3 months. He lost over 60 kilograms and his vocal cords were partially paralyzed, he even had to learn to walk again. But almost a year later, Lynus is starting to feel like his old self.

“I think I’m fine because I allow my psychological side of my life and my spiritual part to not somehow fall victim to the physical part. I’m still trying to rehabilitate myself, I’m not as strong as I used to be, but I gained 20 pounds, ”Parker said.

Heather was also put on a ventilator for 31 days. She had to fight stroke-like symptoms and numerous blood clots. She too was unable to walk.

Heather says it was her medical staff and one person in particular who helped her get by and that she had the opportunity to thank this nurse while zooming in.

“There is a humanity and there is a depth in your mind that is not easily reproducible. If I could show you every day how much it meant to me in the darkest and most confusing times of my entire life, it still wouldn’t be enough to show you how amazing and angel you were on earth ”, said Elizabeth -Brown.

Health officials are still debating whether or not long haul should get vaccinated.

Lynus and Heather say they are extremely grateful for what this year has taught them. Both say it is important to anticipate clearer days and their advice for getting the vaccine.

“Don’t wait, that’s for sure. Do it for yourself, but also do it for everyone around you, ”Parker said.

“It is not worth the gamble to roll the dice with your life. It’s for other people in my community. It’s for my parents who are both 70 years old, ”said Elizabeth-Brown.

Lynus says he just received his first dose of the vaccine.

Heather says she just received her second vaccine and is now fully immunized.

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