An oil employee has instructed how lengthy Covid left her with severe reminiscence loss, as specialists warn the variety of individuals with the situation is growing “at an alarming price”.
Linda Hamlet, 49, stated her life had been turned the other way up since she contracted Covid-19 in October 2021.
Ms Hamlet, who was already signed off work with one other situation when she was contaminated, stated she was no nearer to returning as a consequence of her signs, together with complications, tinnitus and mind fog.
She struggles to drive, watch TV or learn as a consequence of points along with her focus and has skilled quick time period reminiscence loss – which left her not sure learn how to change her mattress.
Her husband Paul, who has labored offshore for a decade, had to surrender his job to take care of his spouse and their sons Jack, seven, and Oliver, 10.
Ms Hamlet, from Aberdeenshire, stated she is annoyed with the shortage of help for lengthy covid victims, and has been left fearing for her future with no therapy obtainable.
She stated: “I’ve a accountable and technical job within the oil business. I’m a fairly clever girl however just a few weeks in the past, I used to be altering the mattress and I couldn’t for the lifetime of me work out how the cover cowl went on.
“That’s how a lot my mind has been scrambled by lengthy Covid. Generally I can’t drive, watch TV or learn a e book as a result of I can’t focus.
“I’m lucky my employer has been understanding and supportive, however I’m anxious concerning the future. There doesn’t appear to be any therapy obtainable, or any understanding of what individuals like me with lengthy Covid are having to take care of.”
Ms Hamlet stated she has additionally suffered occasional chest pains, irritation, numbness and pins and needles on her left-hand aspect.
She added: “Final yr had been a really traumatic one earlier than I even acquired Covid. Paul labored in a three-week cycle and was away for six months a yr. I used to be solely caring for the children, home-schooling whereas working from dwelling.
“Even with precautions, the inevitable lastly occurred and I acquired Covid from Jack in October. The bodily signs are dangerous, however the lack of a lot cognitive operate upsets me extra.
“I’ve debilitating complications, can’t focus on something now and my short-term retention reminiscence is poor. I’ve additionally suffered with bouts of insomnia, too.
“Who’s going to care for the lengthy covid victims all of us in the long run? We want solutions, steering and assist now. This situation is debilitating and ought to be investigated much more extensively.”
Jane-Claire Judson, chief govt of the charity Chest Coronary heart & Stroke Scotland, stated: “The variety of individuals residing with the long run results of lengthy Covid is growing at an alarming price.
“Each month increasingly more individuals are needing help and progress to satisfy their wants for care simply isn’t quick sufficient. They deserve higher and we have to see extra pressing motion from the Scottish authorities.
“Individuals would possibly really feel we’re getting again to some form of normality, however so many individuals with lengthy Covid really feel there is no such thing as a return to normality in sight. Many are struggling to return to their jobs or do the issues many people take as a right like going for a stroll to the top of the street.”
“We have to see pressing motion to ensure a wraparound service is in place. That service additionally wants a system the place individuals could be simply referred via to 3rd sector companies to make sure we’re reaching everybody with lengthy Covid who wants help.”