Long Covid in Caen: Natalie, mother of three, has had it for two years

“Sometimes a migraine can leave me in bed for two to three days,” notes Natalie, who has a long Covid illness. © Arnaud Herault

Small house in Mondeville, next to Cayenne (Calvados), this is where Natalie Demagnes has been living for a while. But since the beginning of 2020, his home has practically become his only skyline. diagnosed long covidThe 50-year-old medical secretary doesn’t see the end of the tunnel.

The Corona VirusSince the beginning of her first imprisonment in the spring of 2020, she has contracted it. Certainly at work. “You have to remember that in the beginning we didn’t have masks or we didn’t have enough. It’s been one all week, and the chiefs have been fighting for it, but no one has been there.”

“My heart is running so fast”

April 2, 2020. Natalie cannot forget this date, the date when she knew she had the coronavirus.

I had symptoms of a heart attack: severe chest pain, back pain, and numbness in the hands.

At the beginning of his illness, “there were no more places in the hospital, my doctor called me every day and someone from the emergency department also followed me. I got home care, and my neighbors came too.”

In the days that followed, the fever rose, but above all the problems that never went away. Heart, lungs and kidneys are affected” and respiratory issues still remain. The kidney has recovered, but I still have trouble breathing. My heart is going really fast. Natalie is resuming her job, six months in part-time treatment, but was arrested in October 2020.

Just crossing the road exhausts me, I’m always exhausted, exhausted, and have no energy.

Ouistrehamaise by birth sleeps a lot, “It could be 2 noon a day. I do something and go back to sleep.”

A regular athlete, she ran 30 kilometers per week and never missed her dance sessions at the rate of three or four per week. “It’s frustrating.”

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“For 10%, lasts a very long time”

A month ago, I went for tests at Caen University Hospital. Ventilation is good, and I have a lot of oxygen in my blood. Doctors don’t know what to do, if it will continue. My doctor considers 10% of cases of prolonged COVID-19 disease to last for a very long time. »

Today, Natalie is taking medication for both depression and symptomatic asthma.

Her Sunbeam is her family of three children, two of whom are at home and are raising them on their own. “And my two-month-old grandson, this strengthens me. Fortunately, the children help me, like my 72-year-old mother.”

Natalie has a housekeeper. But because her arm was covered in plaster after she fell from the stairs. “I also lost my balance and bruised my knee when I fell again.”

“I can’t stand feeling tired anymore”

To combat memory loss and concentration, “I write what is important or tell the children so that they remind me of it, it hurts, it has been going on for two years.”

However, Natalie considers that “this is much better. At first, it took 15 minutes to get from the sofa to the bathroom. Everything is relative, on Sunday April 10 for the presidential election, Natalie went to the polling station.” It is 200 meters away, it took Half an hour to recover. »

She gets up and opens the French window to get her two cats. You sit and breathe more difficult after walking only a few metres. “I can’t stand being tired anymore.”

He hopes to integrate the follow-up care and rehabilitation institution that has a long Covid unit. There are nine in Calvados. Including the Corian Brusseli Clinic in Caen which opened in January 2022 and is already “full,” the clinic notes.

Meanwhile, Natalie also went to see Magnet. “Believe it or not, it has eased my pain.” This is not inconsistent with conventional medicine: “I test drugs, at the point where I am of course immune. To avoid doing it again and to protect others.”

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