BOSTON (CBS) — Denisse Pumagualle of Fall River just had her last at-home physical therapy session on Monday. She has been recovering from her battle with coronavirus for months.
After testing positive for COVID-19 in November, Pumagualle lost feeling in her legs. Doctors diagnosed her with Guillain-Barre syndrome.READ MORE: Franklin Man Allegedly Driving 142 MPH Arrested In New Hampshire
“I recovered from corona, and then my excessive antibodies attacked my nervous system,” Pumagualle explained.
At first, Pumagualle thought she thought she had the flu. “The first week I had chills, I had a fever, a runny nose. I finally went to the doctor’s on Thursday, the 19th because the night before I had a high fever, my whole body was aching, I couldn’t even touch my forehead without wanting to cry,” she said. “The doctor right away said to do a COVID test because of all the symptoms I was showing and the fact that my daughter was already sick [with COVID].”
“It was hard for me to just sit up in the morning without having to catch my breath. It was like I applied things that I had learned through when I pregnant, I couldn’t get up right away because morning sickness would hit so with this, I had to do the same open my eyes, stay there for a little bit, sit up and I had to gasp for air. I couldn’t walk up a few steps without being out of breath.”READ MORE: 800 Nurses At St. Vincent Hospital In Worcester Preparing To Strike
Pumagualle dealt with symptoms for a month. She had gone to the emergency room twice and ended up in a hospital because she was having trouble walking.
Beyond it being difficult to walk, Pumagualle was concerned by her exhaustion and a pinching feeling in her lungs. The virus took a mental toll as well.
“I was frustrated. I was overwhelmed. I felt trapped because it’s not only physically that this messes with you but also mentally so I felt I couldn’t take care of myself and my daughter at the same time. I felt I was just about getting better and then going backwards.”MORE NEWS: Miscommunication Between State, COVID Vaccine Site In Danvers Leaves Some Without Appointments
Pumagualle said physical therapy has helped but doctors said she could feel GBS symptoms for two to three months.