It hasn’t been quite a year since Chris and I had Covid. For those of you who don’t know our story. Last September (2020) we had to evacuate our home due to wildfires and smoke. We happened to live in a small city in Oregon. And we had the worst air in the world for several days. We ended up escaping to Idaho where my sister lives.
Idaho is state where most people didn’t have masks or really cared too much about Covid. We kept our masks on, but we still stayed in a hotel one night. We had to get and pump our own gas, get food out.
We came home and had a mild case of Covid. In fact, aside from some coughing and some breathing issues which we contributed to smoke inhalation, we didn’t even realize we had Covid. Although about a month after coming home, we started to get Covid Long Haulers systems.
Researchers (Study from England just came out this week) have listed the top 25 most common symptoms. About one third of people who had had Covid get Long Haulers. And our lives have been drastically altered and doctors have no idea if Long Haulers will ever recover. I have half of the symptoms (highlighted in bold)..
- Fatigue (58%)
- Headaches (44%)
- Attention disorder (27%)
- Hair loss (25%)
- Dyspnea, or difficulty breathing (24%)
- Ageusia, or loss of taste (23%)
- Anosmia, or loss of smell (21%)
- Post-activity polypnea, or heavy breathing/panting/sweating (21%)
- Joint pain (19%)
- Cough (19%)
- Sweat (17%)
- Nausea or vomiting (16%)
- Chest pain (16%)
- Memory loss (16%)
- Hearing loss or ringing in the ears (15%)
- Anxiety (13%)
- Depression (12%)
- Digestive disorders (12%)
- Weight loss (12%)
- Cutaneous signs, or skin and dermatological issues (12%)
- Increase in resting heart rate (11%)
- Palpitations (11%)
- Pain (11%)
- Intermittent fever (11%)
- Sleep disorder (11%)
This is now our normal lifestyle.
We sleep sitting up in our recliners so we can breathe. The house is a mess because we don’t have the energy to do even a little cleaning. We do what we can, when we can, but the fur bunnies are overtaking us. We order in our dinner meals because we don’t have the strength to stand and cook. We get all our groceries delivered. We haven’t had a shower since this hit because it takes way too much energy to get undressed, sit in the shower, dry off and get dressed again. We wash our hair in the laundry room sink and do sponge baths.
We finally feel like we have stabilized and maybe start to regain some of our stability and strength we lost over the past year. We still can’t walk past our house without stopping though. That is actually a huge improvement because there were times just standing and going to the bathroom took everything out of us. We sometimes cook a little bit and are slowly starting to clean our very dirty house.
What we have done which we hope will get us outside more is Rollator Walker. We are hoping this will help us get mobile outside and enjoy the sun. The seats are comfortable and has lots of storage under the seat (great place to store my camera while walking). I’ve so missed being able to take flower photos or any photos for that matter. Maybe this will help me get in shape for next year. It is a heavy duty one so I can take it to the park or nurseries on grassy areas next year if need be.
We are hoping to get out to the beach this weekend and get some outdoor time. Oregon is back on lockdown so finding an open bathroom could be tricky. We are bringing disposable gloves to keep our hands clean.
I’ve gathered a list of challenges and their hosts. So if you know a challenge host, please direct them to my blog. Feel free to contact me anytime. I hope everyone will be able to use my lists.
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