Local man relieved to be vaccinated after suffering COVID three times – fr

Local man relieved to be vaccinated after suffering COVID three times – fr

“There were times I just wanted to die because when it hits, it hits really hard,” says an independent appliance repairer.

When Bradford resident Flavio Digiovanni and his family fell ill in December 2019, they assumed it was the flu and didn’t think twice.

But in March 2020, Digiovanni began to feel chest and throat pain, something he had never experienced before.

“It happened while I was driving… chest pain and sudden shortness of breath,” he recalls. Twenty-four hours later, he started to feel weak and developed a fever and cough.

It was at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic when the virus was not as prevalent in the community as it is today, so when he went to the doctor he was told to go home and put on a humidifier because it didn’t. meet COVID-19 testing criteria.

At the time, due to a limited supply, only those with a known travel history were eligible for the COVID-19 test.

Over the weeks, Digiovanni’s symptoms persisted. He felt weak and had a fever intermittently. His throat was sore and he had a swollen nasal cavity.

“There were times I would wake up after sleeping because my brain would forget how to breathe,” he recalls.

By July 2020, the majority of her symptoms started to subside. He would feel great for one week of the month, but miserable for the other three, battling fever, muscle fatigue, nausea, weakness, and digestive issues.

He was convinced he was battling the long-term symptoms of COVID-19. In September, he took a COVID-19 antibody test which came back positive, confirming the virus had been in his body at some point, although he had not been able to get tested six months previously.

As a freelance appliance repairer with his own business, he says it’s hard for him to miss work, even if he doesn’t feel 100%.

“There were times I just wanted to die,” he said, “because when it hits, it hits really hard.

“I block this out of my mind, take an Advil and get by,” he says. “I’m still in pain, but I’m going to work because if I stay home I’m sure my health will deteriorate. ”

In September, at the start of the second wave of the pandemic, Digiovanni caught the virus again. It was his loss of taste and smell that prompted him to get tested and, as suspected, came back positive.

“I still suffer from debilitating side effects,” he said, noting that the lining of his throat made him feel the tension that affected his neurological senses and the way his brain told him to breathe.

In February 2021, Digiovanni lost his sense of taste and smell and tested positive for COVID-19 again.

With the job he’s been in, he says he’s not surprised he’s caught the virus more than once.

He serves around 40 clients per week and visits foreigners on average 30 minutes per call.

And although he wears his personal protective equipment, he says some customers don’t.

“Masks only keep you from spreading yourself,” he said, noting at first that he had never asked his clients to wear masks.

Now he has updated his policy to ensure that all customers wear a mask when entering their home.

“No PPE. No entry. No repair, ”he said.

His doctor recently sent him for further testing to make sure his symptoms weren’t the result of other health issues. When testing returned to normal, he was dubbed the “long transporter” of COVID-19, someone who shows symptoms of the virus long after being infected.

There is currently no cure for patients like Digiovanni. He is finding support through an online Facebook group for his fellow Canadians suffering from the lingering effects of COVID-19. The group was started last year by Susie Goulding of Oakville, the long-haul COVID-19, and has more than 13,000 members.

“It’s amazing how many people have the same symptoms (as me),” he said.

There is currently a group of long-haul COVID who have started a petition, with more than 24,000 signatures, lobbying the government to be included in the statistics of COVID reports.

“Long-term COVID needs to be recognized as a syndrome, given a name and taken seriously by doctors. It must be counted in the daily statistics of Health Canada and the definition of cured cases must be changed to non-infectious, ”indicates part of the petition.

Digiovanni is taking Advil and CBD to relieve her symptoms and recently received her first dose of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at one of the community clinics.

He says since the jab his symptoms have improved. Her fevers decreased and her nausea subsided.

“The shortness of breath has improved a little but I’m fighting a lot for air,” he said. “I feel like a hand is wrapped around my throat. “

He hopes the second dose of the vaccine will help reduce his symptoms even further and encourage others to get vaccinated.

“COVID is real, the cards have been dealt and I got the royal flush,” he said. “This is no joke, be careful and respectful of those who want to be safe. “


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