the Covid caused the coma of Barbara, a healthy fitness teacher

She wants to insist: “it does not happen only to others”. The entrepreneur, who runs COD (Corps on Demand) a downtown-based fitness center, has been working to quit gambling. Why…

She wants to insist: “it does not happen only to others”. The entrepreneur, who runs COD (Corps on Demand) a downtown-based fitness center, has been working to quit gambling. Why she ? There’s no answer. No medical analysis has been able to explain the power of the evil that swept her away. Yes, she was vaccinated. And no, she had – a priori – “not the profile”.

“I was so breathless, so weak. I was at the end. I just wanted it to stop. »

“We hear what we want to hear: that it is the obese, the elderly, those with comorbidities who risk serious forms. I was like everyone else, she rewinds. I could worry about my elderly parents or my brother who smokes like a fireman, not me. I had a regular and intensive physical activity. I was very active. I was never sick. I had no health problems. »

” Not good at all “

Nothing to be alarmed about when she catches it. She has fever, headache. His very strong cough prevents him from sleeping and eating properly, but “it was pretty much fine. Seven days after his first positive test his condition is not improving. Very weak, she alerts the Samu who asks her to wait in solitary confinement again. His doctor prescribed him medication. The days go by and “it gets worse and worse. I was in a daze. I no longer had the strength for anything. »

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Worried, his friends alert SOS doctors. His oxygen level is abnormally low. She was urgently admitted to intensive care at Bayonne hospital. “The team of caregivers is fabulous but it’s very hard to arrive in the sheave, to say to yourself: “Here I am. » » At this moment, she is not aware of the seriousness of her condition. “I was thinking that they were going to perk me up and that would be fine”. Until his CT scan of the lungs. “Around me, people are getting restless. There, I understand that it is not good at all. Then everything is very blurry…”

The spark of life in her is fading. “I was so breathless, so weak. I was at the end. I just wanted it to stop,” she recalls. She makes this clear to the nurse who is watching. She remembers “a lot of humanity, empathy. Her voice trails off as she repeats the words of the doctor who takes her hand: “Your condition is not stabilizing. We’ll put you to sleep, you’ll wake up in that same room. » She falls asleep « without thinking of anything. »

Learn to breathe again

The coma in which she is plunged must serve to amplify the effect of the treatments. The first three days are critical. On the 4th, his body regains ground on the Coronavirus. On the 5th, she wakes up intubated and shackled. A nightmare. “The feeling is awful. There’s this tube in your throat that connects you to the machine. You can’t talk, you’re tied so you won’t be tempted to rip it off. It lasted four days. It’s so long. You have nothing to distract you. You come to count the lines of the ceiling. »

“I refuse to think about it all the time.  I refuse to live in terror.  »


“I refuse to think about it all the time. I refuse to live in terror. »

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Transferred to infectiology, she can start eating again, regain some autonomy and – finally – reconnect with her loved ones by telephone. She will have been positive for Covid-19 for 21 days.

On December 6, she returned home, on oxygen, with the assistance of a nurse and a physiotherapist. The fight is far from over. His lungs are healing but the slightest effort still makes him out of breath today. Some days she has to stay in bed. “I am very tired, I have problems concentrating and paying attention, hair loss, night terrors. »

“I’m blowing with a straw in a glass to make bubbles… At first, I couldn’t do it”

Physio sessions remain daily. Yesterday’s athlete works hard at it. “I’m learning to breathe again. I’m blowing with a straw in a glass to make bubbles… At first, I couldn’t do it,” she sighs. Resuming one’s professional activity under these conditions remains unthinkable. For the time being, two sports coaches provide the services of its fitness center.

to the mind

For a time, she struggled to understand what remains inexplicable for the medical profession. She got closer to “After J20, Covid long France association”, found comfort in the nourished exchanges with other patients but no response. “The profiles are very diverse, there are no rules. People have had severe Covid and are doing well, others with a milder version are much worse than me. »

A few months ago, I was digging my grave. Now I catch every moment of pleasure

Barbara Lyon finally felt the need to step aside. She refuses to be overwhelmed by pessimism. “A lot of people complain and can’t get out of it. I had to overcome that to move forward. I don’t want to be sick anymore. I’m alive. »

She draws on her athlete’s mind to regain control of a body forged by decades of sports practice, regaining breath step by step. She resumed a social life, does not disdain a restaurant with her friends, a tea on the terrace. She tries to let the “you got it because… because this or because that… I heard everything and anything. For lack of rational explanation, in front of me, people try to reassure themselves with small things. »

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