“Coming back to life is what I’m delighted to see in the future,” said Marianna Cisneros.
As the days ahead look bright for Cisneros, 30, his journey since testing positive for COVID-19 has been bleak.
“I started to lose vision in my right eye and it didn’t make sense, my blood pressure was skyrocketing, I had no underlying health issues at the time, so none of this was wrong. ‘made sense,’ Cisneros said.
In July 2020, the intensive care nurse contracted the coronavirus and began to experience atypical symptoms. Things changed three weeks after her infection when she was hospitalized for six days.
“It was very traumatic, very traumatic,” Cisneros said. “At that point, when I thought for a brief moment that COVID was probably going to kill me, I had no idea what was going on. My doctors had no idea what was going on.
The active intensive care nurse said she leads a healthy lifestyle. She was also a fitness competitor with no underlying health issues. She thanks the nurses and the team who took care of her during her stay in the hospital.
“It was as if they were taking care of one of their own who had fallen, like a frontline healthcare worker,” she said.The mother-of-three won the battle at the hospital and was sent home to recover, during the winter wave she began to deal with aggressive symptoms of ‘long-haul’ COVID-19.
“It was scary, very scary and it was horrible for me to be sick at home knowing that I had a skill set as a nurse and couldn’t be there with my team at the bedside. out of bed, ”she said.
Cisneros struggled to return to work at the hospital, but her path to recovery was not easy. In the winter, she was diagnosed with a little-known syndrome called POTS, a disorder of the autonomic nervous system.
“But, I’m lucky to be here and my husband still has a wife and my kids still have a mother and I know a lot of people don’t, so I try to wake up very grateful every day for the fact that I’m still here, ”she shared.
While recovering, she began advocating for post-COVID care clinics, and now she’s thrilled to see them appear in San Diego County.
“I’m so grateful and I’m so lucky because if you would look at me, my God, like six, seven months ago, I couldn’t even stand for five minutes, and I’m still on treatment and it got me. gave a quality of life, ”she said. “But I’m back to work full time, I can play with my kids, I can go out with my husband.”
In March, after the doctor’s approval, she received her COVID-19 vaccine and, although she has not returned to the emergency room, she is back as a nurse in a different role.
“So now I’m able to fit back into my roles as a mother, wife, nurse and that in itself is amazing,” Cisneros said.
Cisneros is urging others not to give up if they are still experiencing lingering symptoms and to seek help at a post-COVID care clinic, which is becoming increasingly accessible.