‘Long Haulers’ Broadcast Message on Prolonged Symptoms of COVID-19
BOCA RATON, Florida – As hundreds of thousands of people have recovered from COVID-19, some are seeing lasting impacts that they did not expect.
These patients with symptoms well beyond a negative test say they are “long-haul”.
Karyn Bishof, 30, of Boca Raton, tested positive for COVID-19 in March. More than 100 days later, the paramedic is still showing symptoms, despite two negative follow-up tests.
“Yeah, we survived, but we don’t live,” Bishof said. “Like a Russian roulette game, that’s how I say it. I wake up and I never know what I’m going to go through today and that adds to the angst of a lot of it because you are getting ready. sort of the day before. and then you’re hit with something else. “
She was never hospitalized and felt she could manage her symptoms at home.
“There were a few times at the beginning where my shortness of breath scared me,” Bishof said. “I felt like I was going to pass out. I was afraid to fall asleep and not wake up.”
The single mom said it was hard to plan for the next day when you didn’t know what was to come.
“I have a huge mum guilt right now because I’m a bit absent,” she says. “I’m not really involved in everything that’s going on because I can’t be.”