Covid-19 Day 33

I started out this Covid journey saying I have had worse illnesses than this in the past. I have had flus that made me a lot sicker than Covid. But that was before I realized it was going to continue for over a month. With the flu you are better usually within a week. I always heard with Covid you would be better within 14 days if you were not hospitalized. I have to say that is untrue. That may be true for some people but unfortunately it is not for me. I questioned if all these symptoms I am having are related to Covid or my other health issues. I literally felt like I was the only person dealing with these symptoms after Covid. After speaking to my doctor’s office, I learned that I am not the only one.

I would like to say that even though I have been sicker with illnesses like H1N1, Covid-19 has been the worst as far as ever-changing symptoms and longevity. I am having some major brain issues. I have always thought of myself as a pretty sharp person. It took me a few years to get my sharpness back after my car accident, but I managed. I earned an MBA two years ago but now I feel like I could not even pass kindergarten. I try to go on a 15 minute walk every morning but I make it about 10 minutes and my head gets a lot of pressure on it, I start sweating, my heart races, my face throbs, and I feel like I’m going to pass out so I stop. I had this crazy idea that if I keep pushing myself to do stuff that I will build up endurance and be able to go back to work soon. I drove myself over to the lake this morning which is about 4 miles from my house. I took 1 dog with me and walked very slowly for about 10 minutes. I was so tired by the time I got back to the car that I could not drive home. I had to sit there for 25 minutes before I felt well enough to drive. When I got home, I went straight to bed. I stayed there for a few hours.

This has been my life for the past month. I must pace myself and do only the most important things and let everything else go because I will not have enough energy to get through the day. If I try to push myself, I end up paying for it by not being able to do anything for a couple days. I have not had anything zap the energy from me like this since I was hit head on by a drunk driver and had to recover from those injuries. I started researching people that are still suffering from the long-term effects of Covid. I have come across quite a few videos on YouTube. People are so easy to judge and say it is all a hoax. That those people are paid actors and other rude comments. I am glad these people are willing to share their stories. There are Facebook support groups for Covid Long Haulers. We are talking hundreds of thousands of people just in the United States that are still having long term effects 6 months later. Most with the same symptoms that I am currently dealing with.

I will continue to blog my Covid journey because it is clearly not over. I cannot do this daily. I do not have the brain power. It took me 2 days to write this page. I had to take breaks and come back later to finish. But I will try to update once or twice a week. It will help me to remember what my symptoms have been and hopefully will help someone else realize they are not alone. This is not a 2-week recovery for all even though the Tennessee Department of Health has most likely marked me a recovered since I tested negative and did not die. I think it is a joke because I am nowhere near fully recovered.

My pulmonologist is giving me another sample of the Breo inhaler tomorrow since my insurance coverage states it will cost me $351. I cannot afford that since my insurance still has not paid me any of my short-term disability. My disappointment in the insurance company which is also my employer could be another 10-page blog. We will leave that for another day. Have a blessed night.

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