In class, Messiah, an honorary student, said, “my mind would kind of feel like it was going somewhere else.”
During an appointment in June at Children’s National that the Times watched, Dr. Abigail Bosk, a rheumatologist, said his fatigue after Covid is more debilitating than simple fatigue. His athleticism, she said, should help recovery, but “it’s really nothing that can be enforced.”
Dr. Yonts said the Messiah’s treatment plan, including physical therapy, is similar to a concussion. For the summer she recommended “giving your brain a break, but also slowly building up the stamina for learning and thinking”.
Messiah had at least two hobbies: playing the piano and writing poetry.
“I don’t want to float my boat, but I feel like I’m a pretty good writer,” he said. “I can still write. Sometimes I just have to think harder than I normally had to. “
An agonizing cycle
Sometimes Miya Walker feels like the old me. However, after about four to six weeks, extreme tiredness and difficulty concentrating reappear.
This roller coaster lasted over a year. When she became infected with Covid in June 2020, Miya was 14 years old from Crofton, Maryland. She will be 16 years old at the end of August.
Every time “we thought it would be over,” said her mother Maisha Walker. “Then it just came back and it was just so disappointing to her.”