The screenwriter’s husband, who died of suicide after a long suffering Covid she described in detail what tax the disease had caused her life.
Heidi Ferrer, a writer of programs such as e.g. Dawson’s Creek in Desert, died May 26, 2021, aged 50 years. He published the obituary Diversity states that Ferrer “first contracted the virus in April 2020 and her health deteriorated”, and that “by May 2021 she was bedridden due to constant physical pain and suffered from severe neurological tremors in addition to other symptoms”.
Her husband, filmmaker Nick Güthe, has revealed even more in a new essay on his wife’s illness Caretaker.
Ferrer, he wrote, first contracted a “mostly asymptomatic” infection with Covid. But her symptoms escalated and eventually included “unexplained neurological tremors and internal vibrations of the chest cavity so strong that they lost the ability to sleep.”
“Heidi also suffered from constant gastrointestinal problems, exhaustion from walking up a single staircase, extreme body aches, brain fog and many other ailments,” Güthe wrote.
“All of this – with no hope of any treatment on the horizon, let alone recognition from the medical world – led her to a place where she asked me to tell the world how long Covid had been if anything had happened to her.”
Ferrer added that she “lost mobility and the ability to eat” and the brain fog “robbed her of the ability to hold information”.
According to the CDC, long Covid “is a series of symptoms that may last for weeks or months after the first infection with the virus that causes Covid-19, or may occur for weeks after infection. Long Covid can happen to anyone who has had Covid-19, even if it has been their disease mild or if he had no symptoms.
Symptoms of prolonged Covid include fatigue or tiredness, shortness of breath, difficulty concentrating, chest pain, headaches, fever and joint or muscle pain.
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