Covid and Me, One Year On

In two weeks’ time, on 3rd January 2022, it will be a whole year to the day since I tested positive for Covid. Which means it’s almost a whole year since I last felt properly well in myself. Although I wasn’t badly ill with Covid, as in not hospitalised, to be honest although I am now feeling a million times better than I was in January, a few of my most tenacious Covid symptoms have never fully gone away.

For the first few weeks afterward my initial infection I waited patiently for my symptoms to fade… and then it moved on to being patient for the first few months… and then I realised that like it or not I clearly had Long Covid, and it seemed it was here to stay. At that point I was hopeful that after my first vaccination my symptoms would miraculously completely disappear, but was disappointed to find it made no real difference to how I felt.

The first real glimmer of hope came with a partial return of my sense of taste and smell, which slowly went from zero to… well, not quite zero any more. And although much improved since then, both still come and go from time to time on a hap-hazard blunt instrument continuum of sometimes quite good, sometimes not so much. These days I rarely have nothing at all but sadly it seems I’ve lost any nuances of smell or taste. Whether or not it’s permanent I can’t say, but presumably only time will tell on that score.

Thankfully, though, after my second jab amazingly I felt as though a lead weight had been lifted from me health-wise. My extreme breathlessness improved immensely, and it was such a huge relief to feel so light-chested again, so much better than before. But however much my lung function was improved, two things soon became clear – ‘better’ is a relative term, as like my sense of taste of smell my breathlessness still comes and goes on a whim, and even at its best my breathing is still not back to pre-Covid levels.

Some days I can be reasonably fine, but on others walking any distance at all even on a flat surface can leave me puffing and panting and wheezing like an unfit heavy smoker running a marathon uphill. Other Covid symptoms which have improved over this past year but still remain noticably present are (in order of making their presence known on a daily basis) extreme fatigue and tiredness, dizziness (sometimes even when lying still in bed), and headaches.

I know I’m luckier than many – I caught Covid and survived. But I feel the whole experience has aged me before my time, and it’s one I’m in no hurry to repeat any time soon. I’ve had Covid, and from the timing of my infection it was probably the Delta variant. Since then I’ve had both vaccinations and my booster jab, but still I’m worried about catching it again. So far Omicron seems to be more infectious but less deadly – but again only time will tell.

Honestly, I get breathless even thinking about it…

Ragtag Daily Prompt: Breathless


23 thoughts on “Covid and Me, One Year On

  1. Long COVID… we still don’t hear as much about that as we should. I understand that the panic of new variants and the idiocy-fighting of people still not getting vaccines, wearing masks, etc. are going to take top billing in the news. Still, I think there is still a huge chunk of folks who have never heard of Long COVID. It sounds horrid. I hope yours keeps fading. The new “pill” that came out, do you know if it has any implications for the long version of this disease?

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    1. Honestly I feel hopeful that it will pass eventually, but I find it all so frustrating to deal with because obviously there are no long-term answers to help us look beyond it… I hope we all start to feel better soon, Bridget ❀

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  2. You are the second in my circle to have long COVID — and my circle is not huge. Those anti-vaxxers who keep insisting that “only 2 percent of people die” are not looking at the impact on those who survive and, as a result, endanger many.

    I am glad to know that you have had some progress.

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    1. Thank you Sharon! I think between those who have a mild infection and recover quickly and completely, and those who have a severe infection who sadly die, there is a huge continuum of people struggling in a kind of post-Covid no-man’s-land… Only time will tell if it will pass in time, or if it will stay with us forever πŸ™‚

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  3. I really hope you continue to regain your health and that your symptoms get less and occur more infrequently. sending you healthy vibes and wishing you a Happy Christmas β›„β›„ πŸŒ²πŸŒ²πŸ’œπŸ’œ

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  4. I wonder if we’ll ever be free of COVID. The omicron variant is very troubling as the number of new cases and new hospitalizations are running quite high in the U.S., with 73% of new cases being the omicron variant. And the vast majority of new cases are among those who have refused to get fully vaccinated. I’m sorry about your long COVID symptoms. I too, lost my sense of taste almost two years ago, but not due to COVID. It was was a relatively rare complication of ear surgery and it’s unlikely I’ll ever get it back. But unlike you, I still have my sense of smell.

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  5. The thought of getting it again is so scary isn’t it? I hope you feel better soon.

    The specialist gave me a simple breathing exercise to do twice daily. Breathe in through the nose for four seconds out through the mouth for six seconds then pause before taking a breath. Do it twice a day. Try it, though I imagine it’s a long term thing. πŸ™‚

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