Conspicuous By Its Absence…

I had Covid in January, thankfully just a mild infection (as in not hospitalised) but I certainly felt pretty crappy for a good couple of weeks – and OMG for months afterwards the ongoing tiredness and breathlessness and residual cough just would not go away.

I kept waiting in vain for everything to get back to normal but sadly for me the stubborn straggler symptoms of Long Covid seemed to be here to stay. Although my absent sense of smell returned relatively quickly, disappointingly my sense of taste didn’t improve much beyond the basic blunt-instrument differentiation between salty/ sweet/ spicy/ sour – sigh!

I’d read somewhere that for some people, having the Covid jab kick-started their system into a return to normal, so I had my first vaccine dose with high hopes of a similar response but although the grotty side effects certainly passed within a day or two, my Long Covid symptoms did not improve much. So I settled down to accepting (grudgingly) that health-wise I was likely to be in it for the long haul, and began to adjust my long-term thinking accordingly.

Last week I had my second vaccine dose, and this time around didn’t expect so much from it. However I was very pleased to find I had far fewer side effects this time – just a couple of days of extra tiredness, aching limbs and a thumping headache, but lots of rest and a few rounds of painkillers did the job. And to my surprise and delight now those minor irritations have passed I find I can actually breathe properly again, and day by day my sense of taste is subtly improving.

It may of course be total coincidence that things have started to return to normal for me at exactly the same time as I had my second vaccine shot – I mean it’s been five months since I first caught Covid, and ordinarily I would expect any post-viral fatigue to be naturally on the wane by this point.

All I know is that after five months of ridiculously laboured breathing after the least amount of exertion, my previous level of breathlessness is now thoroughly conspicuous by its absence and I honestly feel like a weight has been lifted from my chest. For the first time this year I feel like life might actually get back to normal after all, and oh, it feels so good! πŸ™‚

Fandango’s One Word Challenge: Conspicuous

9 thoughts on “Conspicuous By Its Absence…

  1. Oh Ruth, I feel so relieved for you. Cwhat a horrible experience. And we were never told about this horrific virus straight away. I know of lots of other people who had it before it was made public. Here’s hoping that you continue to improve. What a nightmare!

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  2. Great blog Ruth. I caught covid last April and in and out of hospital for months. The long covid seems to be getting better for me and it’s a great feeling isn’t it when you feel kind of normal.

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    1. It feels really good to be feeling more normal again, I do still get easily tired but being able to breathe properly again is absolutely awesome πŸ™‚

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      1. Yeah it is. I had clots on my lungs and even now after well over a year it still feels dodgy. But it’s amazing going for a walk and just the normal stuff we do in life. Onward and upward!

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