5 months since positive Covid-19 test

I am thankful for my naptime buddies. I still take a lot of naps. I say 5 months since positive test, but it is more like 6 months because I had brain symptoms before the sinus and respiratory started. The brain symptoms were Covid-19, I just did not realize it at the time. I am just going to do a quick update. I do not really have a lot to say. I do not really remember what I said in the last blog post so if I repeat myself, please forgive me. I had a chest X-ray done at my PCP visit and he said my heart looked enlarged. He referred me to a Cardiologist. Long story short the cardiologist confirmed by doing another chest x-ray that it was slightly enlarged and was going to send me for an echo and Coronary CT scan. I found out the cardiologist is out of network with my insurance. So, now I am waiting on an appointment with an in-network provider. That shows you how bad my COVID-19 brain is. I work for the insurance company and know to check these things ahead of time and did not even do it. Pre-COVID-19 that would have never happened.

The next day I saw my pulmonologist and he confirmed I still have pneumonia. He is going to send me for an echo to speed up the process because he states he wants a view of the right side of my heart. He states cardiologists always look at the left. He said he will get a view of both sides that way I only have to do one echo. He said that the majority of COVID-19 and Post COVID-19 patients he has treated with enlarged heart end up being the right side causing the problems. Which is the pulmonary side. So, I should get an echo next week. As far as the pneumonia, he gave me an antibiotic injection and put me on oral steroids. He has been trying to avoid giving me more steroids because it weakens the immune system. Plus, I already take inhaled steroids with the inhalers. He was worried he was going to have to put me in the hospital by the weekend, but my oxygen is back up and staying in the mid-90s.

Physical therapy is still on hold because my pulmonologist wants me to concentrate on getting over this pneumonia. He told me walking is good therapy so just walk around the house for 10 minutes a couple of times per day. I hope unpacking boxes is considered good therapy because I have been using all my energy on that. That is about all for now. I have a few appointments next week. I have an echo, respiratory therapist, and pulmonologist appointment so far. I am tired of using my energy on doctors’ visits, but I do what I have to do.

“He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.” Isaiah 40:29

Have a good night and God Bless!

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