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Ian: Fatigue, Frustration & Fed-Up & John: Long Covid is real


Ian with his sisters dog Zack who has been by his side since returning home from the hospital
Ian with Nurse Zack

Name: Ian

Location: Dublin

Infection Date: 19th of December 2020

Profession: Chef/Baker

Hopes for the Future

We need more financial support and free information. I don't have a medical card and I'm out of work, so my medication is very expensive!

My Story

On 28th December of last year, I was rushed to hospital and placed in a coma to save my life. I was in coma for 3 weeks and was given last rites but thanks to the brilliant people in Connolly hospital, I made it.

I was in Connolly hospital for 2 months I am still suffering. My memory and breathing is bad as well. The picture is of my sisters dog Zack, he was a part of my welcoming party when I got home from hospital. He's my little nurse and doesn't leave my side now.

I hope everyone is ok it's a horrible thing to get!

Most Challenging Aspect

Fatigue, Frustration, and Fed up (my 3 fs!) & Trying to do normal things. I cant work & I need financial help.

Most Positive Aspect

Support of my family and friends and Sineád in Connolly hospital, she was my physio and my angel!


Name: John

Location: Co. Cork

Infection Date: 21st of December 2020

Profession: Fulltime Firefighter

Hopes for the Future

A full recovery and available treatments for all sufferers.

My Story

Long Covid is real- the symptoms, which there are many of, are debilitating.

Just one of the symptoms can keep a healthy person out of work for a day. Some sufferers have GPs that understand the condition and some have no real help at all. Many have seen a Specialist or attended a clinic but the majority have no access as of yet to services. Perhaps sooner rather than later services and even a workable treatment will become available but until then all we can do is rest, take it easy and be kind to ourselves. It's a Long waiting game with no clear horizon and the future is bleak for many sufferers. The support from the Long Covid Ireland social group has been invaluable and hopefully we can as a group continue to support each other and any new sufferers.

Most Challenging Aspect

Trying to see what the future holds. Will I get treatment will I ever be able to get back to work and what sort of fitness level will I get back to?

Most Positive Aspect

There are no positives with Long Covid but the support from family and friends is great and the early recognition and understanding from my employer has been hugely significant.

Some people prefer to stay anonymous while telling their stories. If you or anyone you know has been affected by Long Covid, you can find solace in the Long Covid Facebook group. Click here to join.

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