Nurse with Coronavirus Says the Pain Felt Like Her ‘Bones Were Breaking’

April 24, 2020

A nurse has opened up about the excruciating discomfort she experienced while battling coronavirus.

Meghan Harpole, a 43-year-old assistant nurse manager in Kentucky, first started feeling COVID-19 symptoms on March 26th.

Initially, she described feeling exhausted and running a slight fever. Within days, Harpole experienced high fevers, vomiting, diarrhea and began choking on her own phlegm.

“I thought I was going to die,” she recounted to the Louisville Courier Journal.

“My body hurt so bad, it felt like my bones were breaking.”

An emergency room nurse and former co-worker came to her home and hooked her up to an IV since she was dehydrated.

After her symptoms progressed, she went to the emergency room and found out she had pneumonia in her left lung.

“All of a sudden, I started seeing the patients I take care of and the patients on the news,” she said. “They go in and get intubated. Oh my God, this is it. I may not make it. I may be on a ventilator. I may not be able to see my son for weeks.”

As a single mother of a 13-year-old, Harpole was afraid of leaving her son alone as he was showing early signs of the virus.

After five hours in the ER, doctors sent her home with oxygen, breathing treatments and antibiotics.

Harpole has since started feeling better and has regained her appetite, but has yet to be cleared of the virus. Her son’s symptoms have also gone away.

And while she’s grateful for her health, she’s now concerned about what the future may hold.

“I’m actually scared of the long-term effects,” she said. “Am I going to have asthma? Am I going to have problems breathing? Am I going to have a low immune system? No one knows enough about the virus to know the long-term effects of what this has done to me.”

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