Screenwriter’s husband details late wife’s ‘terrifying deterioration’ from long Covid

Screenwriter’s husband details late wife’s ‘terrifying deterioration’ from long Covid
Heidi Ferrer died by suicide aged 50 after contracting long Covid

The husband of a screenwriter who died by suicide after suffering from long Covid has detailed the toll the illness had taken on her life.

Heidi Ferrer, a writer for programmes such as Dawson’s Creek og Wasteland, died on 26 Kan 2021 alderen 50. An obituary published by Variasjon states that Ferrer “first contracted the virus in April 2020 and saw her health worsen”, and that “by May 2021, she was bedridden due to constant physical pain and suffered from severe neurological tremors, in addition to other symptoms”.

Her husband, filmmaker Nick Güthe, further opened up about his wife’s illness in a new essay for Vergen.

Ferrer, han skrev, first suffered from a “mostly asymptomatic” Covid infection. But her symptoms escalated, and eventually included “unexplained neurological tremors and internal chest cavity vibrations so bad they lost the ability to sleep”.

“Heidi also suffered from ongoing gastrointestinal issues, exhaustion from just walking up a single flight of stairs, extreme body aches, brain fog and a host of other ailments,” Güthe wrote.

“All of this – with no hope on the horizon of any cure let alone acknowledgment from the medical world – brought her to the place where she asked me that, if something happened to her, I would tell the world what long Covid is.”

Ferrer, han la til, “lost her mobility and her ability to eat”, and brain fog “robbed her of the ability to retain information”.

According to the CDC, long Covid “is a range of symptoms that can last weeks or months after first being infected with the virus that causes Covid-19 or can appear weeks after infection. Long Covid can happen to anyone who has had Covid-19, even if their illness was mild, or if they had no symptoms.”

Symptoms of long Covid include tiredness or fatigue, kortpustethet, difficulty concentrating, chest pains, headaches, feber, and joint or muscle pain.

Hvis du opplever nød og isolasjon, eller sliter med å takle det, Samaritanene gir støtte; du kan snakke gratis med noen over telefon, i tillit, på 116 123 (Storbritannia og ROI), e -post jo@samaritans.org, or visit the Samaritans website to find details of your nearest branch.

For services local to you, the national mental health database – Hub of Hope – allows you to enter your postcode to search for organisations and charities who offer mental health advice and support in your area.

I USA, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1 800 273 8255 eller chat online for help.

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