SAN ANTONIO – A San Antonio registered nurse who contracted COVID-19 final year mentioned a post-COVID recovery clinic on the South Texas Medical Center changed her life.
“I’m an OR (operating room) nurse. I used to do seven miles at work and now I can barely walk down a block without getting short of breath or have the residual cough,” Cassandra Hernandez mentioned.
Hernandez mentioned she contracted COVID-19 in June and went to the emergency room twice.
She was quarantined for 40 days, however the signs continued.
“It started with extreme body aches to the point where I couldn’t get out of bed, and within hours I couldn’t breathe,” Hernandez mentioned.
She was hospitalized in August and was handled for COVID-19.
After being launched from the hospital, Hernandez mentioned she went to a rehabilitation heart, nevertheless it didn’t assist.
“I couldn’t walk. I was in a wheelchair. I couldn’t take care of myself. I had lost my short-term memory,” Hernandez mentioned.
In late August, Hernandez discovered concerning the COVID-19 recovery clinic positioned on the UT Health San Antonio Medical Arts and Research Center.
“I think we’re so blessed to have a clinic here in San Antonio to help us with post-COVID syndrome,” Hernandez mentioned.
Hernandez mentioned she was really useful to totally different specialists, together with a neurologist.
“This had affected my brain and my lungs and my heart,” Hernandez mentioned.
Hernandez hopes her story helps others.
“For everyone out there whose suffering, who thinks that it’s all just in their head, this is very real and you’re not alone, and please get help,” Hernandez mentioned.
Hernandez is strolling, however nonetheless has some signs, together with excessive fatigue. She hopes to make a full recovery and return to work quickly.
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