By Sean Yoes
AFRO Senior Reporter
For Mona Diallo, a neighborhood activist and advocate primarily based in West Baltimore, neighborhood actually is all the things.
And most of the members of the neighborhood she loves and lives in not too long ago rallied round her mightily after she introduced by way of Fb that she had contracted COVID-19, which has killed greater than a half million Individuals.
“The neighborhood got here by!” Diallo informed the AFRO. “The love carried me by for actual. I had individuals from Africa that employed a vegan chef to deliver me meals to my home. I had my neighborhood affiliation do a meditation and pointed to my home on the map by way of Zoom.”
But, regardless of the outpouring of affection and assist Diallo, who’s in her 50s, isn’t out of the woods but, which speaks to the tenacious and insidious nature of this illness that has killed thousands and thousands across the globe. Diallo nonetheless grapples with vital fatigue, mind fog and different illnesses that proceed to cling to her since she was formally recognized with the illness on Jan. 29. However, the lethal virus had been progressively making its presence recognized for days previous to the official analysis.
On Jan. 23, Diallo stated she had a seafood dinner with two girlfriends. The group of girls had referred to themselves as “their pod” due to their dedication to solely work together with one another socially (past their companions) working towards social distancing and the opposite COVID precautions.
“We introduced the meals house and sat on the eating room desk six ft aside,” Diallo stated. “That day I felt actually bizarre. I felt actually unusual, I didn’t have an urge for food.” The subsequent day she had a headache and assumed she had a sinus an infection. That very same day she requested antibiotics from her doctor and she or he started taking remedy on Jan. 26.
“I used to be clammy, sweaty. I attempted to brush my enamel and I used to be drained,” recalled Diallo, a runner, who usually may be very lively. “The fatigue acquired progressively worse. After giving beginning there may be an exhaustion…I felt 10 instances worse than that. I stated to myself, I guess you may have COVID,” Diallo added. Then on Jan. 29, after her fifth COVID take a look at over the course of a number of months she acquired the information she had been dreading.
“I keep in mind sitting in Pressing Care and I began to tear up and I stated, I don’t need to die,” Diallo confessed. Complicating the dire analysis is the very fact she suffers with transverse myelitis, which might be triggered by an immune system dysfunction, in her case related to A number of Sclerosis. Nonetheless, as an alternative of wallowing in her lament she determined to battle laborious.
“I’m going to doc this and let everyone know what’s going on, so that folks on the market who can assist, may assist,” Diallo stated. However, her path to full restoration and wellness has been arduous and elusive.
“You recognize how one can will your physique into well being? Otherwise you really feel such as you’re getting higher? I by no means felt like I used to be getting higher. It was physique aches like I by no means felt earlier than, like somebody was squeezing my muscle mass, like wringing them out,” she stated. “I’d see meals I’d often love and routinely really feel like I’m going to vomit. It simply stays with you, and no vitality. I couldn’t rise up for greater than 30 seconds. On the peak of it, it took me 10 minutes to stroll down the steps when usually it might take me 10 seconds to stroll down the steps,” Diallo added.
Then the second week in February she appeared to start to show the nook in her battle with the recalcitrant illness.
“I began consuming a variety of therapeutic teas. I used to be simply being hydrated,” she stated. However, Diallo’s restoration proved to be short-lived.
“By Feb. 12, I began shedding my urge for food once more. I used to be within the mattress sizzling, sweating, shaking uncontrollably,” she added. Then after she tried to have a Valentine’s dinner along with her companion at a restaurant Diallo stated she started to hallucinate the following morning. “I noticed lights flashing…my temperature was 104…And he (her companion) known as the ambulance they usually took me in,” she defined. And that’s when she discovered there was an extra medical roadblock impeding her COVID restoration. She was recognized with a kidney an infection, which had triggered sepsis, a doubtlessly life-threatening situation that happens when the physique’s response to an an infection damages its personal tissues. In Diallo’s case her liver, gall bladder and each kidneys had been compromised by sepsis. Medical professionals defined two main rounds of antibiotics had stripped her physique of the flexibility to battle micro organism.
And all of it was triggered by the seemingly unrelenting onslaught of COVID-19 that started on the finish of January.
Regardless of the setbacks, Diallo is slowly recovering. Nonetheless, this ordeal has compelled her to consider the people who find themselves not as lucky as her of their means to battle this treacherous illness.
“I’ve a complete well being meals retailer in my home…I’ve a loving neighborhood and my youngsters are being as attentive as they’ll whereas I’m in isolation. I’ve a thermometer, blood stress cuff and an oximeter to observe my vitals,” Diallo stated.
“I’m consuming natural soups and fruit from Complete Meals. I can do business from home and I’ve medical go away. What in regards to the thousands and thousands that ain’t acquired sh**? That breaks my coronary heart.”