When common health club-goer Geraint Jones was struck down with Covid-19 in April, he believed his existence would return to normal after a small bout of ailment.
But months on and the 30-year-outdated is however suffering with quite a few immediately after-influence of the virus together with tummy challenges, heart palpitations and a constant ringing in his proper ear.
The pharmacist, who is effective for Cwm Taf Morgannwg College Wellbeing Board, has shared his tale to alert other young individuals of the devastating effects of the sickness.
“If you told me at the get started of the 12 months that I would decide up one thing that I’d continue to be having difficulties with 9 months on I probably would have laughed at you,” he admitted.
Geraint mentioned he felt dehydrated and incredibly sizzling a person April working day, but to begin with set it down to a spell of very good weather conditions and being in get the job done all day.
“Then I just felt genuinely fatigued, practically like all the power was sucked out of me. On the Saturday morning after Great Friday it was like a hangover feeling, and then by the Monday I was horizontal for a great few of times,” he additional.
“I just had pins and needles all up the top 50 % of my physique which was painful to contact.”
The pharmacist explained he also experienced the unique cough, a telltale signal of Covid-19.
“I have under no circumstances felt an illness very like it, to be straightforward,” he extra.
Geraint, who will work on the Covid wards at the health board, was specified a optimistic exam on April 13 and was again in work on April 20 in which he was “established” to assist aid his colleagues.
Following 10 weeks in rather normal overall health, he commenced suffering from a burning feeling in his throat and a “football-sized lump” in his throat. A 7 days on, following a unfavorable take a look at, his array of lengthy Covid signs or symptoms commenced to arise.
“It originally begun off as a seriously rigorous belly discomfort, pretty central and just below my rib cage. It pretty much doubled me around in ache,” he recalled.
“I was pacing all over the offices in operate just hoping to get rid of this soreness. And then about a 7 days afterwards I just had this regular tummy grumble, like a vibration in my belly.
“From then I experienced about 14-15 months, if not for a longer period, seven to eight hours a day regularly on the rest room.”
On prime of that, Geraint also has a range of other debilitating signs or symptoms which he has been unable to shake off.
“I want a coronary heart scan for the reason that I have obtained palpitations, which they imagine could be Covid-similar harm,” he extra.
“I could have nerve damage due to the fact I’ve obtained regular tinnitus, like a ringing in my suitable ear only. I are not able to seriously wander for much more than 5 to 10 minutes about the block, and as substantially as I would like to get again to a simple stage of conditioning, I just can not get there at the moment.”
Yet another symptom Geraint is owning to contend with is a recurrent sensation of “mind fog”.
“From time to time it feels like there is a ‘power off’ change and my head goes completely blank,” he mentioned.
“I do foolish factors like place mugs in the fridge when I go to get the milk out for the tea.”
Fortunately, Geraint claimed there are powerful support groups in Wales for persons suffering with the results of extensive Covid.
He has urged other folks living in Merthyr Tydfil, Rhondda Cynon Taf, Bridgend and further more afield to respect NHS team who are underneath intense pressure this winter season.
“Let us not increase to their currently substantial burden. Let’s acquire time to take pleasure in what they’re carrying out for us, simply because at the end of the day they are coming to operate, putting by themselves at chance, and placing their households at chance for the sake of their patients.”