LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WAVE) - Those who fight COVID symptoms the longest are not necessarily those who were hit the hardest by the virus, local doctors confirmed to WAVE 3 News Friday.
Lori Cheek said she has been dealing with the virus’ aftermath for about a year now.
“Even if I slept for 13 hours every day my brain is telling me to get up, but my body is not. I feel like I have weights on my eyelids at all times,” Cheek said.
Cheek said that’s how her life has been for nine months.
“The list is long, but I just haven’t felt normal since the beginning of March,” she said.
Norton doctors told WAVE 3 News said they see a lot of cases like Cheek’s. For most of the people currently being seen in Norton’s COVID-19 Long-term Care Clinic, they were never hospitalized or on breathing respirators.
Doctors are also unsure how and why some people are becoming long-haulers.
“I’ve been to a cardiologist and pulmonary doctor, I’ve one to a GI doctor and my primary care doctor,” Cheek said.
At Norton’s COVID-19 clinic, 80% of patients are female, and the median age is 47. Health care officials said they are currently treating patients ages 20 to 80.
There is a facility at Norton that is helping to not only improve treatment of those suffering from long-hauler symptoms, but also to not make those people feel alone.
Cheek said she has used social media for support.
“I’m in a support group with over 30,000 people who say they have the exact same thing as I have,” she said.
She said she feels there is no end in sight but has been taking steps to improve her condition.
Norton Doctors recommend physical activity to help improve long-hauler symptoms.
“I’ve been working on my immunity every day. I’ve been exercising like a banshee every day and trying to hydrate,” Cheek explained.
To learn more about Norton’s COVID-19 Long Term Care Clinic, click here.