‘I’m grieving for my old life’: Tearful mother with Long Covid says she can no longer keep up with her daughter, 3, has to ‘plan’ to climb the stairs and can’t get dressed without taking a break due to chronic fatigue
- Katy Egerton, 36, from North Yorkshire, contracted Covid-19 in March 2020
- Mother-of-one Katy was hospitalised over three months after she initially fell ill
- After 17 months has seen minimal improvement and is suffering chronic fatigue
A mother with Long Covid says her chronic fatigue means every move she makes feels like ‘walking through treacle’ in a heartbreaking video.
Katy Egerton, 36, from Knaresborough, North Yorkshire contracted Covid-19 in March 2020 and thought she had recovered after 10 days of battling the virus, but her condition worsened.
She was hospitalised three months after falling ill, when her hair started falling out, and has been suffering with chronic fatigue ever since as a result of Long Covid.
In an interview with BBC News, the mother struggled to breathe and teared up as she admitted she is ‘grieving her old life’ and now has to limit the number of times she climbs the stairs every day.
Katy Egerton, 36, from Knaresborough, North Yorkshire contracted Covid-19 in March 2020 and thought she had recovered after 10 days of suffering with the virus, but her condition worsened. She is pictured with her partner and daughter Eva
‘Chronic fatigue is like walking through treacle,’ she said. ‘I used to dance from the age of two. I would walk miles with my daughter.
‘I now I have to plan to go up the stairs to make sure I don’t go up too many times because I just have to lie down getting dressed.’
There is no universally agreed definition of Long Covid, but the ONS defines it as symptoms people suffer from for more than four weeks after they caught the virus that could not be explained by something else.
Earlier this month research from The Office for National Statistics said that almost 400,000 people in the UK say they have been suffering from Long Covid for more than a year.
She was hospitalised three months after falling ill, when her hair started falling out, and since being released has been suffering with chronic fatigue as a result of Long Covid
In an interview with BBC News, the mother struggled to breathe and teared up as she said that she was ‘grieving her old life’, and revealed that she has to limit the number of times she climbs the stairs a day
Among those, 40 per cent say they’ve been left battling symptoms such as tiredness and muscle pain for at least 12 months.
Katy said she has seen ‘minimal’ improvement in the 17 months since she was diagnosed and that she feels ‘sad’ she is no longer able to keep up with her three-year-old daughter Eva.
WHAT ARE THE PROLONGED SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19?
Most coronavirus patients will recover within a fortnight, suffering a fever, cough and losing their sense of smell or taste for several days.
However, evidence is beginning to show that the tell-tale symptoms of the virus can persist for weeks on end in ‘long haulers’ — the term for patients plagued by lasting complications.
Data from the Covid Symptom Study app, by King’s College London and health company Zoe, suggests one in ten people may still have symptoms after three weeks, and some may suffer for months.
Long term symptoms include:
- Chronic tiredness
- Raised heart rate
- Loss of taste/smell
- Kidney disease
- Mobility issues
- Muscle pains
‘Before Covid, I was unstoppable, full of energy, just made the most out of every minute of my life,’ she recalled.
‘I feel so sad that I can’t be that energetic mummy she had for the first two years of her life.
‘But she’s great, she says, “Mummy lie down your legs are poorly” and gets all her doctor Eva things out and she helps me. She’s fabulous, but you worry that you miss out on so much.’
Katy says sees ‘glimmers of hope’ about the future but ‘strongly advises’ people to get vaccinated against the virus.
‘I like to always keep positive and see glimmers of hope; as fast as we’re suffering the specialists are learning and it’s a very rare situation’, she said.
‘I have good days and bad days, but more bad days. I would say keeping a positive mindset really helps on your recovery journey.
‘I loved my life before this and you do grieve for your old life, but you can’t because you’ve got to accept now and move forward and that is the only way you can help with recovery.’
The ONS surveyed 313,602 people in the four weeks up to July 4. Not everyone who was asked ever tested positive for Covid.
Of those who had Long Covid, 88.4 per cent had symptoms for more than 12 weeks — equating to an estimated 834,000 people in the UK.
Some 64.7 per cent said their symptoms hampered their daily activities.
And around one in five people reported their ability to engaged in daily activities had been ‘limited a lot’.
Tiredness was the most commonly reported symptom, with the ONS calculating that 528,000 Brits were suffering from it.
Shortness of breath (388,000), muscle ache (296,000) and a loss of smell (285,000) were the next complained about symptoms.
Self-reported Long Covid was highest in people aged between 35 and 69, with two per cent of that group estimated to have the condition.
Women, people living in deprived areas, healthcare workers and those with underlying conditions were also more likely to report ongoing Covid symptoms.
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