The more things change, the more
they stay the same — French proverb
they stay the same — French proverb
I know, I know …. I already posted about this, and you’d think I'd posted
pretty much all there was to say on the subject, but that would indicate that
you don’t really know me all that well, cause there’s always something
new to add.
COVID patients describing their symptoms, and if this isn’t ME, well …. then I
don’t know my POTs from my PEM.
And believe me, I totally do. And I believe that you do, too.
Damn …. that all rhymes. Apologies ….
Crap. More rhyming . Accidental. More apologies …..
Here’s a few examples from the article …give it a read, there’s a lot more ….
I’ve bolded and underlined the symptoms that I think will be most familiar
to many of us ….
“Though the complications are varied, long COVID generally plays out
in a combination of profound fatigue, tiredness and inability to do the
things you need to take care of yourself”, Sandrock told HuffPost.
“From my patients, this includes extreme exhaustion, inability to think
and, when they do apply themselves, they are completely spent and
exhausted even after a short period of time,” Sandrock said. “In some
cases, they have chest pain, palpitations and shortness of breath that
can limit work or simple activity.”
And yet, no mention of MECFS. It’s uncanny.
Owen White, 33
“I got COVID in December 2021, but it took a few months for long
COVID to kick in. Now I wake up each morning feeling like I’m at
the bottom of a swimming pool. I fight through the feeling of a double
hangover and make it to my workplace. Sometimes the elevator is out
of order; if so, I will probably have to skip lunch, since I can’t afford to
climb the stairs more than once without risking a days-long crash.
It’s like I have to get all my energy from a loan shark, and when I
live beyond my means, I pay a serious price.”
“Physically, it’s awful. I know it has started when suddenly my heart rate
increases and intensifies and won’t slow down for weeks. Recently, it has
started to ease down to several days. I constantly feel like I am about to
have a heart attack. Sleep is impossible because my heart is always racing.
I feel a fundamental fatigue that emanates from my nerves. Making a cup
of tea feels about as difficult as lifting a Ford pickup truck. In the shower,
I have to lean on the wall, or sit down, because I am too tired and dizzy to
make it through.
Signe Redfield, 52
“When I have chest tightness and inflammation, I can’t take a deep
“It’s so hard to describe the crushing fatigue. It’s like the third day of
the flu when your leg muscles are jelly. It’s like taking an old-school
antihistamine, where 20 minutes later you’re fast asleep drooling into
your plate because you just couldn’t keep your eyes open.
“My movement can get jerky. I couldn’t figure out how to control
my muscles smoothly. Certain movements triggered bad symptoms ―
anything that involved bending over or twisting to lift things caused a
feeling like something in my body and/or brain was slipping, like a
bicycle chain slipping a gear.
“I’ve had so many kinds of headaches ― the little stabby ones like
someone’s sticking a small knife into your skull that only last a few
minutes, the ones that feel like your entire sinuses are raw, the
migraines, the stabbing pain down the back of your neck. "
Where was I ….. Right. Yeah, doctors don’t seem to have a clue, and they’re
really bending themselves into shapes nature never intended to avoid calling
Long COVID, ME.
Could it be the influence of ….. (cue evil, discordant music here) INSURANCE
COMPANIES, unwilling to pay out for treatment and disability?
Or could it be …. (insert crescendo-ing, even viler, more disturbing music here,
and cover your ears) ….STATE DISABILITY FUND OVERSEERS, afraid that they’ll
go broke settling disability claims if the truth ever gets out?
personal preference here)… DOCTORS …. afraid of all the malpractice lawsuits once
the truth gets out ??
Why yes, all of the above. Probably more that I haven’t thought of because …..
brain fog, cog bog …. you know, the usual.
to no chance for any of this to become actual ME fact. The odds are heavily stacked
against it, there’s too many powerful forces at work to keep it, or Them (ME/COVID),
separated as far from each other as possible. Mars would be good. Possibly one of
Jupiter’s many, many moons for the other. Sooooo many to choose from .... I hear Io has
major volcanic action. That would be a good bet ....
I mean, those of us who can actually sleep?
HERE'S THE ARTICLE, FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO DIG DEEPER ....
What Long COVID Feels Like, According To 7 People Who Have It