Monday, June 17, 2024

‘I had some sleepless nights’ Pauline Peyraud-Magnin reflects on recent illness

Arsenal goalkeeper Pauline Peyraud-Magnin admits that she endured sleepless nights recently after contracting an illness with similarities to coronavirus. Pauline did not have a test to fully diagnose COVID-19, but confirmed last week that she was recently ill with a fever, loss of taste and smell and difficulties breathing.

In an interview with L’Equipiere, Pauline said she became quite anxious about her illness, “I was very tired, I had a hard time breathing, I had a constant headache, with a fever. But it was what I saw on TV that really scared me. It put my situation into perspective. I cannot say that I was dying, others are in much more delicate situations.

“Even if I did not feel horribly bad, when I got up, I saw everything was black. I felt like I was going to fall. With the stress, I slept sitting down because I was afraid of suffocating in my sleep. And then, I quickly stopped watching the news in France. I had sleepless nights. The club doctor told me what I should do. I also called the French team doctor and a doctor in my family because in France, we were more than a week ahead of England. If I have a message, it’s obviously: stay home!”

Pauline lives with Arsenal teammate Louise Quinn, who hasn’t experienced any symptoms, “We were very careful. We’re lucky, we have two bathrooms, two toilets. It already removes a large risk area. For the common areas, I didn’t go to the living room and when I went to the kitchen, I disinfected everything behind me.”

Arseblog News spoke to Louise recently and Pauline confirmed that the club have given them training equipment, “Arsenal sent us a great exercise bike and they delivered us a lot of things, we have a little gym at home, it’s convenient! Just before I got sick, we bought boxing gloves to continue the cardio.”

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Great to hear Pauline is well and that Louise hasn’t contracted any symptoms. Hopefully anyone else suffering from this virus makes a full recovery soon, and hope everyone else stays home and remains safe. Stay well, everyone.

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Glad the worst is behind you, Pauline.
An interesting insight on how to deal with the domesticity of isolation at home.
We continue to be told to “self isolate” but no one has actually explained what that entails when you share a house with someone.
Thank you for being so open and honest about how you have successfully lived through an awful situation.


This just shows how the effects of the pandemic are both mental as well as physical. It’s so important to remain positive despite these difficult times, and Arseblog together with Arseblog news helps us to focus on other things, if only for a few minutes each day. Keep it coming!

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