‘It’s life-changing’: Woman shares battle with severe COVID-19 symptoms for more than 130 days

Joleen Nelson says seizures, hallucinations, brain fog, electrical shocks among symptoms

COVID-19 survivor shares battle that spanned more than 100 days
COVID-19 survivor shares battle that spanned more than 100 days

A Michigan woman who was healthy before contracting the coronavirus (COVID-19) said she’s been battling symptoms -- including seizures and hallucinations -- for more than 130 days.

While many people point to the overall survival rates of COVID-19 in younger people, Joleen Nelson said those numbers don’t tell the full story of what it’s like to battle the virus.

Nelson has been fighting that battle for about four months.

“You don’t know how it’s going to affect you or someone else,” Nelson said. “You just don’t know.”

Nelson, 41, said she started feeling sick March 27 and thought she was getting a cold.

“I was healthy,” Nelson said. “I was completely fine.”

The week prior, she had lost her sense of smell and taste, but back then, those weren’t recognized as official COVID-19 symptoms.

Nelson is a physical therapist. She said she was healthy and active.