April A-Z: S is for Symptoms

I was lucky to only have had a mild experience of Covid. ‘Mild’ as in not having to be taken to hospital struggling to breathe, or suffering multiple organ failure. I was lucky to have stayed at home, sick but not seriously ill, not at any time in any danger of death.

My symptoms started with dizziness, ear-ache, headache, sore throat, sneezing for a couple of days. Then I developed a funny taste in my mouth, and then I began to cough a bit differently than usual. I was bone-tired, a flu-like level of exhaustion that left me feeling weak and fuzzy-headed with wave after wave of nauseating chills. And a tight-chested breathlessness on a scale that even for an asthmatic felt a bit much. My sense of taste and smell both evaporated completely over that first week, but surprisingly I had no fever at all; not then, not now, not ever.

After a couple of weeks of doing little more than sitting on the sofa or lying in bed feeling miserable I started to feel a bit brighter, but then I’d have a bad day or two, and then I’d feel a bit better again, and the whole process would repeat itself. It felt like a case of two steps forward and one step back, for weeks on end. I felt for the longest time as though I was riding a never-ending rollercoaster of symptoms, being taken up and down and flung this way and that on a giant Covid feedback loop until I lost track of what direction I was heading in and just clung on, bewildered.

For a while it felt that complete recovery was a distant dream. Week after week I kept trying to remain as active as I could, and eventually found as time passed and perseverance paid off not only was I managing a bit more every day before having to rest, but also it was taking less and less time to recover after each prolonged period of rest. My sense of smell returned fully, although my sense of taste is still a bit of a blunt instrument for now, but thankfully it too is improving day by day.

So a good three and a half months on from my initial mild Covid infection I still have a few stubborn straggler symptoms – tiredness and breathlessness still bother me a bit but not nearly as much as before. If I do too much I still get pounding headaches reminding me to slow down and rest, and of course I still have the remnants of that tell-tale cough and my sense of taste still has the sulks. But hopefully my continuing dalliance with Covid will turn out to be of relatively short and sweet duration rather than the beginnings of a long and lingering lifetime commitment… 🙂

For this year’s April Blogging from A-Z Challenge I’m aiming for an alphabetical exploration of my personal thoughts and feelings on the continuing Covid 19 pandemic one year on, using a mix of poetry, pics and ponderings…

4 thoughts on “April A-Z: S is for Symptoms

      1. Mostly, I do feel better, but I still have to choose – Do I clean this room or the other one? There is no way I can do both.
        I’m hoping this awful thing disappears soon and for you too, it does get you down. 🙂

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