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Sun Dec 27, 2020, 07:43 PM

"I've lost who I am": An Anchorage teacher's coronavirus infection affected her brain. Now she's

“I’ve lost who I am”: An Anchorage teacher’s coronavirus infection affected her brain. Now she’s having to relearn basic living.


Life wasn’t always like this for Libby Pederson.

She used to know how to dress herself in the morning without notes. Cooking dinner did not confound her.

That changed in November, when the 44-year-old got sick with the coronavirus and developed mysterious neurological symptoms that landed her in the hospital. Ever since, Pederson has been struggling to heal from what doctors say can be a little-known, little-understood consequence of the virus: persistent and debilitating brain and cognitive problems.

On the worst days, the days when she sits on her couch or stays in bed, Pederson wonders if she’ll return to being the busy and capable single mom and special education teacher at an Anchorage elementary school she was just two months ago.

“I feel like I’ve lost who I am,” she said.

Read more: https://www.adn.com/alaska-news/anchorage/2020/12/27/ive-lost-who-i-am-an-anchorage-teachers-coronavirus-infection-affected-her-brain-now-shes-having-to-relearn-basic-living/
(Anchorage Daily News)

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Sun Dec 27, 2020, 08:12 PM

1. I wish you the best in your recovery, Libby. Thanks for reminding us that this virus is taking a

terrible toll on many people.

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Sun Dec 27, 2020, 08:38 PM

2. Really wish I had saved an article, or maybe it was an interview with a physician...

Who was hypothesizing that becoming infected through your nose may leave you more vulnerable to brain inflammation. I always think about that when I see people walking around with their masks under their nose. Naturally, I can't find a link anywhere now. I know I wasn't dreaming.

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