Apr 10, 2011 9:24 PM by Jeannette Hynes

Woman's recovery from H1N1 is a daily battle

A woman from Canon City is still fighting the effects of the H1N1 virus after it almost killed her 2009.

In October of that year, Kayla Kammrad broke her foot and went to St. Thomas More Hospital in Canon City. She had spiked a fever and a couple of days later, doctors moved her to the ICU at Penrose Main Hospital in Colorado Springs. The virus had attacked her respiratory system aggressively, and she nearly died, but Kayla fought for her life. Doctors released her in January 2010. Kayla has been on oxygen every day since then.

"I can't run from here to the street without having to start to catch my breath. It is really hard for me to breathe," explains Kayla.

She was a healthy 22-year-old mom in 2009. She loved to run, but she was also working, going to school, and mothering two young boys while her husband served in Iraq.

"I was just trying to be Super Mom and I ran myself down," remembers Kayla.

Kayla says she doesn't remember anything about the ICU. Once she was released, her days were spent in physical, occupational, and speech therapy. "I had to learn to write again. I could not write whatsoever," remarks Kayla.

She has finished her therapy and is back to work full-time at a local day care, but she says she still has trouble with short-term memory.

"It's kind of frustrating, ‘cause you forget so much and how that happened, I have no clue," says Kayla.

She says she feels like a different person, but she says she tries to use those daily struggles to help others when they are having problems. Kayla also wants to thank the community, her family, and all the doctors, nurses, and therapists who have helped her over the past year and a half.



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