- Name: Kitty
- Country: United States
- State: Rhode Island
- City: East Greenwich
- Gender: Female
- Age: 64
- Education: Masters Degree
- Primary Illness: Other
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (ME/CFS)
- Fibromyalgia (FM)
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Epstein Barr
- Year Illness Began: 2021
- Former Occupation: Women’s Boutique/Therapist
- Job Responsibilities at Former Occupation:
Running a women’s boutique store, which includes a lot of lifting being on your feet all day, remembering orders, and a lot of interaction with people which is also what I do in therapy practice but it’s a little easier because I don’t stand and I am dealing with one person at a time
- Current Occupation: Business owner/therapist
- Current Job Responsibilities:
Same as above
- Years of Work Lost: 1
- Current Work Status: Still working
- Yearly Income Before Becoming Ill:
- Current Yearly Income:
Minimum Current Annual Income Loss:
- Total Projected Economic Losses For Years Not Worked:
- I reduced my work hours
- I believe this illness contributed significantly to a divorce or loss of an important relationship
Most Impactful Loss
Well, maybe the relationship wasn’t worth investing in, but I did lose a friendship or two because I was not able to be present for them.
So I went from taking kickboxing, and working to one day, noticing I could barely do a push-up. This happened not long after receiving the Covid booster in January 2021. Of course I pass it off for many other reasons, until I finally have my physical that following August, and by that time my symptoms had exacerbated it. After many blood test it was discovered that my Epstein-Barr level was in the 600s and I was told there was nothing that could be done to treat it so I went to a functional medicine doctor for a while, and received IV cocktail infusions, which were really helpful, but they don’t last, and I ran out of money to be able to afford it and at this time I was paying people to run my store, which was costing me even more money. Additionally, I started going regularly to sauna(which really helps) spending all this money put me into a downward spiral financially, which I am still trying to crawl out of.
I have been able to function better even though my numbers have not improved probably with the help of all the supplements I am taking , trying to watch what I eat, in addition to infrared light therapy.
Well, this is somewhat limited my ability to get things done the way I used to. I am trying to learn how to live within the confines of chronic pain and brain fog.
I regret, listening to my wiser self about vaccinations and me, but I was trying to do the right thing at the time and being a nurse I wanted to believe. I would never been able to work in my full time nursing job feeling the way I do now . I had left just prior to getting the booster in May of 2020 because of stress having worked through Covid and being short staffed the entire time I was already physically and mentally challenged.
I appreciate all who are trying to help people with this and working as a nurse. I heard many opinions about fibromyalgia/CFS etc. and know how these patients are treated.