A mother, whose heart still bears the consequences of her COVID-19 infection, worries that the shortness of breath and heart palpitations she has been feeling since will never go away.
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” It is not pleasant. I feel weak at times. Other times, my heart beats quite crookedly and I can feel it in my chest, ”explains Caroline Marceau.
The 41-year-old woman tested positive on March 22. She will never know if she contracted the virus during her trip to Mexico, during spring break, or upon her return.
“Right from the start, I felt short of breath, but blamed it on the anxiety. The air was not returning well. My ribs hurt, ”she recalls.
At the end of her forties, still out of breath, she went to the hospital where she had an electrocardiogram.
“The doctor told me that I had extrasystoles – a heart rhythm disorder – that I had to learn to live with and that it was not dangerous, but unpleasant”, relates the Longueuilloise.
From April until recently, she was taking medication to regulate her heartbeat. The palpitations had practically disappeared. However, the beta blockers made him dizzy and his pressure eased.
No more gym
“But it was still better than heart palpitations,” she says.
However, the symptoms intensified to the point where she was afraid of passing out several times. She therefore had to stop the medication and the palpitations returned.
Before contracting COVID-19, the mother worked out three times a week at the gym. Today, even doing a little bit of cycling with her 5 and 14 year olds is difficult.
On sick leave for family reasons, the daycare assistant has trouble seeing how she will be able to return to work if the consequences do not subside.
“There are days when just walking makes me dizzy,” she explains.
Like a lottery
“All the doctors seem to say it’s psychological,” says Caroline Marceau. And that’s probably true, because I’ve been through a lot of anxiety, but I feel it physically. I can’t wait to find out what’s going on with me. I just want to get better, ”she explains.
The next step will be to consult a psychologist.
Mme Marceau is angry to see that many trivialize the pandemic.
“It’s true that people are going to do well. But it’s like a lottery, you don’t know how you’re going to react. You also don’t know who you can infect and how that person will be affected, ”she warns.
Caroline Marceau | 41 years
- Heart trouble
- Often short of breath
- Stunned just to walk
- Lives a lot of anxiety