To be quite honest, I figured I would have been over this 30 days ago. This originally started out feeling like a sinus infection and sore throat. Even when I had the cough and low oxygen it did not feel as bad as some other illnesses I have battled in life. I never imagined that I would still have no energy, sleepy all the time, hair loss, brain issues, speech issues, thought process issues, headaches, achy joints and muscles, and dizziness for 38 days. I thought there were 2 categories of Covid-19 patients. The ones that had mild symptoms and the ones that ended up in the hospital. I never realized there was another category out there called the “long-haulers” that have been battling these long-term effects for over 6 months.
I will say that God has blessed me with a great healthcare team. My PCP office has been upfront with me on this being a new disease with no proven treatments. I am a guinea pig but at this point I am okay with that.
Friday, I visited my PCP. There is a healthcare provider that works there that has a daughter my age that got Covid in March. She has been dealing with the long-term effects ever since. This healthcare provider has done a lot of research on things that can help improve energy levels and other symptoms. Her daughter is now able to work part-time. Her daughter states that she is worn out after working a few hours. When she gets home, she sleeps a few hours but that is a lot better than she was 3 months ago. She has been dealing with this for almost 7 months. They talked to me about things they have tried that has improved some of her energy levels.
A lot of their suggestions I am already doing because before all of this happened, I was researching low inflammatory diets and supplements to help brain function. While I was at the appointment, they took blood to check my CRP and sed rate. I also got a steroid and B-12 injection. I was told this will most likely make me feel better but not to overdo it. I needed to rest and keep my activity level at a minimum even if I feel like doing more.
I have to say I felt better Friday afternoon than I have since I got Covid. I was able to talk more clearly and did not have all the aches and pains in my muscles and joints. I was also given a dose pack of Prednisone 10mg tabs to take this week. I return at the end of next week for more bloodwork. The shot did not last long. By Saturday afternoon the pain was returning, and I had no energy. They also told me to take some supplements. Vitamin B-12 5000 mcg lozenges daily, Omega 3s, Probiotics, Magnesium, and NAC 1000mg daily. I had everything except the NAC 1000mg, but I should receive it in the mail in a few days.
Today, it took everything I had to get dressed for church. I battled to stay awake in church and when I stood on my feet, I had terrible pain in my knees and legs. When I got home from church, I took a 3-hour nap. After my nap I had a little energy, so I decided it was time to weed my flower garden in front of my fence. There were a lot of dead summertime flowers that needed cutting back and weeds were everywhere. I usually do all the yard work and gardening. I love the outdoors, but I have not been able to do it for 5 weeks. I put a stool out there to sit on and just sat there collecting dried flower seeds and weeding what I could while Steve mowed the grass. It wore me out to say the least. But the good news is our yard looks halfway decent again. I have a lot of shrubs that need cutting back, but winter is around the corner and most of the overgrowth will die. At this point it will take a chainsaw to get everything trimmed back to where it should be.
I was hoping to start back to work tomorrow but that still is not happening. I am just ready to get back to work and get a paycheck coming back in. I have been out of work for over a month and I have not received a paycheck. I have spent many hours on the phone with my employer trying to get everything straightened out. I should get paid 80 hours of paid time off because I have Covid and then after that I should get paid short-term disability. My PCP called the insurance company with me. We finally got the short-term disability approved but I still have not received a check. I have a difficult time conveying what I am trying to say because I cannot find the words, but my PCP called over and did the talking for me which was awesome of him. I am supposed to have a check this week, but I am not holding my breath. I have been lied to numerous times over the past 5 weeks by my employer about this.
As with every trial I go through I know it is supposed to teach me something and help me grow in my faith. I am still trying to determine what I am supposed to learn from this trial, but I know patience may be a part of it. I once again do not mean to sound like I am complaining because I am not. I am just writing down what I have been dealing with. I am thankful that we had all our bills paid up a month ahead of the due date. I am a little nervous now because they will not be paid up a month ahead any longer, but as Steve continues to say, God will take care of us. He always gives us what we need.
I pray for those dealing with these long-term effects of Covid and do not have bills paid ahead of the due date. I am not sure how they are surviving because I can tell you from experience this is not something that allows you to continue working. I pray for the people that have families to take care of while battling this.