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My teenage son is exhausted by long Covid & I worry for his future

DEAR DEIDRE: I worry for teenage son who’s struggling to live with long Covid.

I’m his 51-year-old mum. He’s 14. It’s a year since he contracted coronavirus and he still has chronic fatigue and chest pain.

I worry for teenage son who’s struggling to live with long Covid

I worry for teenage son who’s struggling to live with long Covid

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But the doctor can’t find anything wrong with him.

Before he got ill he was an avid rugby player. But that’s been taken away from him.

He can’t even go up the stairs without getting breathless now. He looks so glum.

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He doesn’t seem to have any motivation any more. He can’t even be bothered to go to school most days.

He’s meant to start his GCSEs next year. I fear this will mess up his future.

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DEIDRE SAYS: It is understandable that you are concerned about your son but don’t give up hope that he will get better.

Talk to his doctor again.

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Make it clear your son is experiencing continuing symptoms and depressive thoughts.

For more support, reach out to the advocacy group Long Covid Kids (longcovidkids.org).