International DJ forced to give up his dream after being bedridden for a year due to prolonged Covid


A DJ who traveled the world before suddenly being bedridden for a year due to long Covid, which caused memory loss and mobility problems, has since “lost his career” and now mainly Spends his days lying down.

Rowan Clarke, 32, a part-time video editor and sound designer from Colchester, became infected with Covid-19 in 2021 and gradually became “sicker and sicker”, to the extent that he was in constant pain, he had to give up his phone number Couldn't remember and could barely walk.

In addition, Rowan suffered frequent headaches, which meant he could barely work and check his emails, and eventually he had to close his recording studio.

At the time, Rowan was the fittest he had ever been, running 15 km a day, and was preparing to take the fire service exam to become a part-time firefighter – he also had to give up this due to his condition.

When he went to doctors about his symptoms, he said he felt like they were “medically gaslighting” him, and he was told “there was nothing wrong” and that it was just anxiety. Maybe – one doctor even asked him “Would you like me to wave my magic wand?”

After visiting doctors for a year, she was eventually diagnosed with Long Covid, chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia, and given low-dose naltrexone (LDN) to manage her pain and fatigue.

When Rowan first got long Covid, he couldn't even remember his phone number ,the countryside,

In recent months, he has been experimenting with alternative medicines, including a tiny earpiece that sends electrical signals to his brain, but he still spends “most of the day lying down” and admits that He has lost many friends since becoming ill, and he has almost given up “trying to explain it to people”.

Rowan told PA Real Life: “I spend most of the day lying down, but now I work, not full-time, but I can do it.

“It has changed my whole life – I have lost a lot of friends to it, I have lost my career, I have lost everything.

“(Initially) they told me it was just anxiety, they denied there was anything wrong with me – the mental impact of it was terrible, it was like medical gaslighting.

“Immediately the doctors said, 'There's nothing wrong with you'… The more I listened to them, the more I believed them.

“I had a doctor who said to me 'Do you want me to wave my magic wand?'

“I just couldn't believe it, I just thought 'Why would I be here?' You know, why would I leave my job and leave the fire service? It made no sense at all…

“You would think that after having a headache every day for a year they would do a brain scan or assume things would be taken seriously.”

Rowan has concerns after long Covid ,the countryside,

Before the pandemic, Rowan was “living the dream” traveling around the world, DJing internationally and even presenting television shows in the Philippines.

But that soon ended – in 2021, he contracted the Delta variant of COVID-19.

At first, he had the “usual symptoms” of a sore throat and cough – upon visiting doctors, he was told he might have allergies, but after taking a Covid test, he realized he had the virus.

“I tried to get back to normal, but I got more and more ill and got to the point where I was completely bedridden for a year, it was really very confusing,” he said.

“I was in constant pain – I had constant headaches for a year and nothing was working.

“It felt like my muscles were falling out of my body… I couldn't remember my phone number, I couldn't remember people's names.

“I was out of breath, like I couldn't walk downstairs and I woke up and it felt like I'd been hit by a bus.

“It was the scariest thing.”

Rowan has also been diagnosed with chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia (L: Rosie Helliwell, R: Rowan Clarke) ,the countryside,

Rowan “couldn't see the screen or deal with the sounds”, meaning he couldn't check email and struggled to complete any work, so he closed his recording studio.

Also, about a month after becoming ill, he had to take the fire service exam because he was planning to become a part-time firefighter, but that also had to be put on hold.

Over time, Rowan unfortunately had to accept that he was no longer able to train as a firefighter, and decided to go to doctors as his condition was not improving.

A year after Rowan first fell ill and frequent doctors visits, she was finally diagnosed with long-term COVID, chronic fatigue, and fibromyalgia.

He said: “I was referred to a long Covid clinic, but the advice was mainly just to pace yourself, which didn't really help.

“My life is built around pacing myself, I try to live some kind of life.

“Like right now it's a beautiful sunny day and I really want to go for a run but I feel like I've been hit by a car.

“It's like prison.

“You're left trying to explain it to people, and it becomes harder to try to build relationships.”

However, Rowan has a girlfriend of a year, Rosie Helliwell, 27, and he said: “She knows people with a similar disease and can understand it, so I think I was quite lucky to meet her, but You can't live up to expectations.” Of a relationship, honestly.”

Rowan has been privately given low-dose naltrexone (LDN) to relieve his chronic pain and fatigue, which has allowed him to be more mobile, however, he is still Not able to run. ,

Looking towards the future, Rowan said: “I have mixed feelings (about the future) because I'm disabled and a lot has changed, I'll never get the life I had before.

“But the good thing is that it seems like a lot of research is coming out about long Covid.

“There are a lot of people in this community who are very upset, angry and sad, but I think you have to look at everything as positive as you can.”

Asked if Rowan would return behind the decks one day, he said: “I don't know because I couldn't stand still for that long.

“I hope so, but I really don't know.”

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