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Local woman running low on lupus medicine because of COVID-19

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne's NBC)- A local woman says the medicine she takes to regulate her lupus is low because of COVID-19.

Jenna Bowman takes hydroxychloroquine everyday. She says now that the same drug is coming up in conversations about its possible usefulness for COVID-19 patients she doesn't have as much.

"I've taken it for about 25 years now and it's supported me in my lupus journey as an immunosuppressant and it's not something I would just suddenly or drastically stop taking," Bowman said.

President trump has mentioned the drug in several of his news conferences. Since then Bowman says she and other lupus patients are having to make adjustments on how much medicine they take. She says she usually gets a 90-day prescription and this time around she only got 30 days.

"So we're kinda starting to think about well what's gonna happen next month? When our 30 days is up? And I've talked to many other lupus patients who have already started to talk about taking their medications every other day or have talked to their doctors about taking a smaller dose to make sure it lasts," Bowman said.

To make matters worse she says her 20-year-old daughter is in isolation after doctors told her she had COVID-19 symptoms, but did receive a test.

"We are quarantining in our home for 14 days we are not to go out of our home. We're keeping our daughter in her room we bring her food and leave it outside her door you know its kind of sad thing. We're watching her as closely as we can," Bowman said.

Bowman tells me urges people to take self distancing seriously for people like her who suffer from lupus and her daughter who may be suffering from the virus.

"We're already going out of our way to protect ourselves, we're self-quarantining some of us, we're practicing social distancing and we're taking it very seriously because for us…we will be the ones who will end up in the hospital needing treatment," Bowman said.

Arielle Cadet

Arielle Cadet joined WPTA in August 2019. The Atlanta, Georgia native graduated from the University of Missouri and serves as Weekend Anchor/MMJ for ABC21. Feel free to connect with her on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, or shoot her an email at acadet@WPTA21.com.

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