Denver, Colorado 2020-11-26 15:01:11 –
Denver (KDVR) — When the pandemic began earlier this year, 44-year-old Meghan Gordon wasn’t too worried about catching COVID-19.
“My friends and family describe me as very motivated, determined and ambitious,” Gordan said. “I travel every day at 110 mph.”
Gordan is a veteran, professional athlete, therapist and trauma specialist.
In June 2020, Gordan had to undergo spinal surgery. In September, she began to have severe headaches and nausea, which she thought was related to surgery. On September 20, she was diagnosed with COVID-19. Today she still doesn’t know how to get the virus.
“It took me about five days to notice. I was able to get the COVID-19 without leaving the house,” Gordan said.
Today, Gordan is still experiencing the symptoms of COVID-19 and expected to disappear in a few weeks.
“Headaches and nausea are the ones I’m fighting the most right now,” Gordan said. “I didn’t expect it to last as it does today and affect my life.”
Gordan does not allow persistent symptoms to interfere with her life. She continues to see patients online and does what she likes. However, facing the unknown every day is mentally burdensome and physically tiring.
“When I wake up every day, I don’t know what kind of COVID day will come,” Gordan said. “I don’t know what medicine I should take.”
Helping her client overcome a similar situation was Gordan’s silver lining. She does not see other COVID-19 long horrors on a regular basis, but it can be related to feelings of isolation and guilt.
“There is this heavy guilt and shame associated with the virus and pointing, which I see to do more damage than the effects of the virus,” Gordan said. “If you don’t share the trauma story with others and carry it alone, the trauma will be alleviated.”
She asks other COVID long-haul carriers about what we do on a daily basis to maintain our spirit even before the pandemic, and put it into our lives now. I advise you to get it back.
“You don’t have to feel 100%. If you’re a long-distance runner, you can ride a treadmill or roam the blocks. It’s cheering you up and getting vitamin D.”
Gordan has no answer as to when she feels normal again. The Colorado Department of the Department of Veterans Affairs helped her survive difficult days and frequently called for check-in.
“You have to be aware of the good things,” Gordan said. “You have to focus on what you can do, not what you can’t do. All you don’t know about sitting in a sick bed is to beat you further.”
This Thanksgiving, Gordan remembers her gratitude. Her life still feels upside down, but she receives the advice she gives to her clients. It’s about focusing on what makes you feel good.
“I still have a happy marriage. I have a beautiful house with my husband,” Gordan said. “I have food on the table. It’s a warm, hot house. I have people who love me and I love them.”
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