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I learned about the brain surprising COVID connection from Sanjay Gupta, MD, who is also a regular contributor on CNN. He wrote an article for AARP where he told the story of a critical care pulmonologist, doctor, Michael Stephen, MD; who contracted COVID-19 and his journey during and his recovery experiences.
With his recovery came surprising neurological symptoms that he is still going through months after. Dr. Stephen reported feeling like his brain was on fire.
How coronavirus attacks the brain, and its nerves is still not clear. Doctors only know that once you become positive the virus travels across the blood brain barriers and into the fluid that bathes the brain and spinal cord.
Then coronavirus can and do inflect all sorts of damage to different parts of the brain. Exploiting the brain cells, making copies of itself and at the same time sucking up precious oxygen, then starving neighboring brain cells.
The after-effects leave you feeling like your brain is stuck in a deep fog, experiencing splitting headaches and overwhelming fatigue. Your brain is unlike any other organ you have with your body.
The long-term effects to the body and brain surprising COVID connection will be ongoing and part of a global consortium of research scientists' extensive study.
I want to tell you that there's hope....it is a twelve-week program you can do for brain health and the action plan you can follow to help yourself or a love one.
Below on this webpage I'll be sharing with you some of Dr. Gupta's five-step self-protection plan that he listed in the AARP article.
My own family's journey with Alzheimer's of over 50 years which is still ongoing is at the forefront of mind on the many ways the brain works and is affected. My grandmother had it, two of my sisters had/has it....one has died and the other is still alive with night-time changing personalities.
During all this time the men in family have not been afflicted with any of the aging diseases….Dementia, Alzheimer’s, or senility. I’m curious as to what is protecting them and not the women in my family.
If you have gone through Alzheimer's with anyone you know that sometimes at night the individual becomes a completely different person and has super-strength.
It was by chance I saw this interview on CNN of Sanjay Gupta, MD talking about his recent book, Keep Sharp: Build a Better Brain at Any Age, that stopped me in my track, and had me watching and listening in fascination.
This is something that is personal to me and my family.
The impact and changes that we all have experienced during this pandemic has been challenging. The joy of recovering from this disease has left you with the awareness that now you and your family will have to be resilient in your outlook of the unknown new risk for future health problems.
Remember you are not alone in the many brain surprising COVID connection happening neurologically or otherwise. But in the interim do not let fear get in your way, take the actionable steps outlined above and in Dr. Gupta's book and create in new habits.