‘COVID-19 Hit Me Hardest Neurologically:’ A Local COVID-19 Patient Shares Their Story

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People around the world have tons of questions regarding how the Coronavirus manifests in the body, what the symptoms are, and what exactly it’s like to deal with the virus. In an attempt to answer some of these burning questions, Hoboken Girl readers have been reaching out to us about their experience testing positive for COVID-19.

While people of any age are vulnerable to the virus, the symptoms certainly present themselves differently from person to person. In fact, this 30-year-old Jersey City resident who tested positive for COVID-19 shared their story with us, and for this patient, the virus presented itself in a unique way. Read on to learn their story.

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Where do you live?

Jersey City.

What do you do for work?

I work as a regional sales manager.

When did you first feel symptoms?

March 6th.

What were they? How severe/mild were they?

Severe headache – nothing more than that for a week and a half

When did you decide to take a test? What made you decide?

I went to the hospital on March 23rd — they refused to test me at Monmouth Medical Center because my fever was not high enough and I did not have chest issues. I was released and told to “rest” and I would be fine. The next day I went to my GP and was diagnosed with a sinus infection. First I was given a Z-pack — when that did not work I was given Levaquin, which also did not work. When I was in her office she also told me I looked fine and not like a COVID patient. Four days after the antibiotics, I lost my sense of smell and taste and had fatigue to the point where even a shower was difficult. I had the worst headache I have ever experienced as well is GI issues.

How do you think you contracted COVID19?

I work in NYC, so possibly on the subway or PATH, or maybe from traveling a lot back in January and February.

Did you have any difficulty getting tested?

Yes — I was unable to get a test because at the time I did not have the right “corona” symptoms. I was one of the first cases of my symptoms so I was being treated poorly, as though I did not have it, and at some points, I even felt crazy and like I was making it up. They would claim they did not have enough tests— and I was young and healthy, so I would be fine.

When did you test positive? How long did it take for results?

I finally was able to receive my antibody test which came back positive on May 1st. It took six weeks for my diagnosis to become real life and it was extremely emotional for me when it was.

Did you need to go to a doctor or hospital? Where did you go?

Monmouth hospital, and then my GP at Hackensack Meridian.

What have you been doing to recover? Are you home?

I have been recovering at my mom’s house — I have been taking ginger shots, drinking hot tea, trying to shower daily just to feel good, and eating whatever I crave. I cannot work out and I refuse to push myself at this time. Even though I have recovered, I am still not 100% better.

What medications are you taking?

I am no longer on medications, I am strictly on herbal tinctures to build my immune system back up because I am now experiencing fluid in my ear and they are unsure of the cause.

Are you still experiencing symptoms? How long have you been quarantining for?

Yes, I have severe brain fog, my hand-eye coordination is off, and I’ve struggled with neurological symptoms since that is where corona hit me the hardest. I am now suffering from an ear infection, but we are unsure if it is related to corona.

Before you found out you were positive, did you go anywhere locally?

Before I realized what this headache was, yes, I was still going to work, yoga classes, etc. I was under the impression it was just allergies.

What have doctors told you since you have to quarantine? Is there a timeline? Will you need to get tested again to leave your house?

I was told I have to quarantine for two weeks once I told my general practitioner of my symptoms.

How do you feel the government is handling the epidemic?

Poorly, I think we are not seeing relief where we need too. I am someone sick, furloughed who did not receive check due to my income yet right now I am barely making money and have a mortgage to attend too. I think they put panic in people rather than handling the situation before it attacked the US.

Any advice for someone who thinks they’re positive?

Listen to your instincts and not what people tell you. I listened to other people and did not fight for a test and I risked a lot of lives around me that could have gotten sick. If you feel sick, you know your body more than a doctor, the media, or a family member. Get tested, if you cannot get tested, quarantine yourself the best you can.

Anything else you can share to help ease our readers’ minds or inform them of at this scary time.

You will get better! And when you do, you’ll be so thankful for the healthy feeling after feeling like it was never going to come back. Do not push yourself, do not feel bad that you are not up on the latest zoom work out a trend, do not feel bad if you gained a few pounds, just focus on yourself, your health and getting better. You will relapse, if you do, do not get frustrated let it works its course. Remember, stay positive and be thankful and know this will pass!
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Corinne is a Jersey girl who has always loved to write, create, and make people laugh. Always the “comedian” of the friend group, she's a stand up comic and aspiring comedy writer. She studied communications/film and media at the University of Miami, with a minor in both psychology and exercise science, but now she’s living in downtown Jersey City. Singing and playing the guitar and piano are her favorite hobbies when she’s not writing, working out, or going to comedy shows.