18 years old - Placentia, CA
Claire first got sick with a mild case of COVID at the beginning of December after coming into contact with someone positive at her work.
She took two tests and both came back negative, despite experiencing symptoms. After two weeks she began to have shortness of breath and worsening symptoms. It has now been two months since her initial infection and she is still dealing with the same symptoms, as well as more, including shortness of breath, cough, runny nose, body aches, fatigue, brain fog, headaches, nausea, and acid reflux.
She visited a pulmonologist and several other doctors, who explained to her that she fit the description of a "Long Hauler". Claire has had a multitude of tests done, only to find that they all come back "normal" and suggest she is in perfect health, yet she has had to drop her college classes and hasn't been able to work in months.
Luckily, she has been able to find relief from her symptoms, including an anti-inflammatory diet and heating pads for her intense body aches.
Claire also finds that her kitten has kept her spirits up with her crazy energy and loving cuddles. She admits that being a long-haul patient is difficult; It’s scary and uncomfortable.
But everyday she is grateful for the fact that she hasn't been to the hospital and that she can still do small things that bring her joy, like playing with her kitten.