MY COVID STORY: LUCY

Lung inflammation and its many complications can linger over time My name is Lucy. I work in communications. I also […]

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Lung inflammation and its many complications can linger over time

My name is Lucy. I work in communications. I also have an active side business making and selling jewelry and knitted items. I volunteer with my children’s schools, our church and a few community groups. My family and I live in Eagan. I’m 53 years old. 

My family and I have been attentive about keeping up on our vaccines and boosters to combat COVID-19. My husband had a mild bout with COVID-19 at the tail end of the Minnesota State Fair. Our son was also ill at about the same time. 

We have always masked up, washed hands and tested frequently. 

I have arthritis and it’s important for me to stay active and keep moving. 

After Thanksgiving, I became quite ill with COVID-19. Being flat on my back for a few weeks was no fun. My family really had to pick up the slack with household chores and Christmas preparations. I had to take a leave of absence from my job and cancel some holiday-time craft shows that I sell my wares at. 

I developed pneumonia and inflamed lungs. It was terrible! I felt terrible. My lungs hurt so much. All I could some days was make squeaking noises. 

Talking hurt! (My kids may have liked that.) 

At one point I had acute respiratory distress syndrome and had to go to urgent care. 
I am now using an inhaler for breathing problems. My lungs do not hurt as much. There are days when the pain returns.  I am back at work but have had to cut back on my volunteer activities and my side businesses. I miss all of those things. 

My arthritis has been affected because I am not as physically active. I was in a water aerobics class that disbanded during the pandemic and I have not found a substitute. 

The big worry for me is worrying about permanent lung damage. My doctor said that is possible. I am being monitored very carefully. It could take a year or more for my lungs to recover. I am hopeful that will happen. 

I would urge everyone to get vaccinated against COVID-19, despite what happened to me. I cannot imagine what would have happened had I not been vaccinated.  From Access Press: There is much good information online about COVID-19 and its impacts on a person’s lungs and respiratory health. The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine has detailed information on what COVID-19 can do to a patient’s lungs. The web link includes information on the different medical conditions COVID-19 can create, and the short-term and long-term impacts on lung health:  COVID-19 Lung Damage.

An eye-opening study on lung damage and COVID-19 was recently released by the University of Minnesota. Researchers found that one in four people had impaired lung function due to the disease. 

Read the study at CIDRAP.UMN.EDU

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