Vicky Riches - UK

My Journey to Recovery

My Journey to Recovery
Vicky Riches - UK

West Sussex, UK

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In March 2020 I was a Head Teacher. I became ill on March 13th. Initially, my symptoms didn’t ‘fit’ the symptoms for Covid - although I had chest pain and difficulty breathing, I also had severe digestive issues. There was no testing at that time. GP services had stopped; the A&E hospital sent me home. My health didn’t improve, I was prescribed Omeprazole for Gastritis, raising the dose when it had no effect. In short, the medical profession did not associate my symptoms with Covid. In May 2020 I was hospitalized. Investigations revealed I had 7 blood clots on my lungs. I was lucky to survive. Again, Consultants at the hospital still did not associate my case with Covid. Further investigations revealed the likelihood of cancer of the bowel and breast. I was sent home; these would be investigated ‘once the pandemic was over’. I received no aftercare from the hospital. In July, the medics realised this was Covid. In November 2020, I was diagnosed with PTSD. In May 2021, I was forced by my employer into early retirement. It has been an up-hill struggle to regain my health. Yoga, meditations and alternative therapies have helped. But I’m not there yet.

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The Covid Chronicle is available for sale / exhibition by arrangement. The proceeds from the sale of the entire work would be in aid of MIND.  Please get in contact for further details.
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