CANNON COUNTY, TN (WSMV) – A Cannon County girl says that her COVID-19 prognosis has stolen elements of her life.
Tisha Alexander is named a “lengthy hauler. A “lengthy hauler” is an individual who has lingering results of an sickness.
Alexander has been coping with Bronchial asthma her entire life, however her most difficult well being scare got here earlier this 12 months when she was hospitalized with Septic Pneumonia.
After her hospitalization in January, she was despatched to a rehabilitation middle. A month later she contracted COVID-19 on the rehab middle.
“I’ve numerous scarring from COVID. My lungs are bilaterally collapsed and fibrous hardened areas of my lungs that haven’t healed won’t ever heal,” Alexander mentioned by means of labored breaths.
“It enlarged my coronary heart and now I’ve congestive coronary heart failure. I even have diabetes now from the excessive doses of steroids that I needed to be on.”
Alexander describes the ache she felt when she was in that rehabilitation middle.
“It felt like my lungs have been wrapped in barbed wire,” Alexander mentioned. “Each breath, even on the ventilator, what consciousness I had felt like I used to be being stabbed.”
She was inside Vanderbilt’s ICU for 3 weeks.
“I’ve reminiscences, transient snaps of reminiscences of getting my arms tied to the mattress. All I may do in response to ache was click on my toes,” Alexander remembers.
The sensation of helplessness is new to Tisha. She has been a nurse for twenty years working twelve hour shifts at a walk-in clinic.
“I used to be in a position to maintain myself and my youngsters,” she remembers.
Kids, sons 16 and 18, who now assist maintain her.
“The person who I used to be and the person who got here house from the hospital are two completely completely different folks and its laborious to come back to phrases with that. This isn’t a joke,” Alexander mentioned. “This isn’t one thing made up by the media. This isn’t one thing that’s only a political stunt. That is actual.”
Almost ten months since getting sick, Tisha is discovering out that she isn’t alone in her journey as a protracted hauler.
Dr. Jim Jackson, Physician of psychology at VUMC says that sadly that is changing into increasingly frequent.
“I feel that is about to change into an enormous public well being drawback. Should you speak to them, their tales are remarkably related. Throughout populations, they’re very related. They report bodily signs like fatigue, cardiac signs, and get exhausted very simply with signs of tension and emotions of panic,” Dr. Jackson says.
Along with her household by her facet, I requested Alexander the place she finds her power.
“I pray. Rather a lot. I didn’t need their final reminiscences of me to be on a Facetime,” Alexander mentioned. “I’ve days once I’m actually down, however I maintain pondering to myself, keep in mind once you have been laying there, that is what you strived for and what you promised your self you’d have once more.”
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