Meet Sian...

Sian shares her journey and suffering of Long Covid.

"I received the results for my Covid-19 test at 6pm on Christmas Eve.

Thanks to my husband, it was an unwanted, un-returnable Christmas present.

What happened the following 4 weeks was horrendous and at one point, I wasn’t sure I was going to see the next day. I have never felt so ill.

However, as someone who tries to remain positive, I left my flat after 17 days and went for a very short walk - I intended to go further but the fatigue, muscle ache, joint pain, feeling unwell and breathlessness amongst other symptoms had other ideas.

Fast forward a couple of months and I was diagnosed with long covid, fast forward a couple more months and the studio reopened following lockdown 3.

I started to manage a couple of sessions a week. It was very sporadic due to how I’d been feeling! Most evenings I wanted to just go to bed after work.

A couple of months ago, I attended a zoom meeting with many other sufferers with the Long Covid Clinic and exercise was mentioned.

We were advised that we should pace ourselves, but, to try to exercise even on the bad days.

I think they meant a short walk, I took it as getting myself back in the studio - my body was used to that right?!

The last 6-8 weeks, I have made sure I have been to the studio for 3 specific sessions per week and stick to this routine.

These are non negotiable to me and I make sure that I attend, no matter how bad I’m feeling.

If I can do an extra class or 2 in a week, I will do but have to be mindful to pace and not push it too soon.

I have tried to mix what I do with the classes but if I’m honest, weights seem to really help my muscle ache and joint pain, even if just for a few hours.

I still struggle with spin and breathing, but, to be honest, what spin class has ever been easy?? If I have to sit a cycle for a few seconds then so be it.

I’ve walked into the studio on a few occasions feeling like I just want to curl up on my sofa and go to sleep, but as normal with the studio, I’ve trained with friends, felt the support and walked out a lot happier.

I even got a personal best a couple of times!

I still get days where I feel awful and as though I’m going backwards, but looking on that first walk all those months ago, I’ve come so far!"