“Kids, I’m sorry to say this, but it is a big deal. It will hurt,” Eli told CNN’s Chris Cuomo Monday. “You just got to face the truth: Sometimes you’re not OK.”
Eli described being achy, sore and tired. But as fatigued as he is and as much as he wants to, he told Cuomo he can’t sleep.
“My body is just like ‘nope,'” Eli said.
“No one would really believe us that we were still sick, and when you keep being not believed you stop believing yourself,” Lipman said.
Lipman is still fighting the symptoms too. He said most mornings he wakes up with aches similar to when he broke his shoulder, he can’t go up the stairs without gasping and he can’t even cook dinner for his family like he so enjoys doing because he falls asleep.
“One of the important things is to keep talking to your doctor, and doctors need to keep listening to your patients,” Li said. “There is really something unfolding before our eyes that we need before our eyes that we need to actually come together with our patients and with ourselves as researchers and as doctors to try to help heal.”
Li recommended that, in addition to regular conversation with doctors, long haulers need to get as much sleep, movement and leafy greens as possible.