SUNDAY POST – LIVING WITH LONG COVID #14

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This is my update on how I’m doing while coping with Long Covid now it’s been over a year since I first got ill, which I’m adding to my Sunday Post blog, hosted by Kimberly at Caffeinated Reviewer.

A Happy Easter to those of you who celebrate – and if you don’t, then I hope you are enjoying the holiday weekend. The weather the last two days has been glorious – lots of sunshine and for once, there isn’t a wind blowing. I just hope it holds for the rest of the long weekend so everyone can appreciate it.

I am steadily increasing my activity level, though I have had to tweak it a bit, thanks to my lovely friend Mhairi, who suggested how I could make it more gradual. My biggest problem is my very sore shoulder where I had my last booster vaccination – at night it prevents me from getting back to sleep so I’m only getting 3 or 4 hours a night. I then fall asleep after breakfast, finally surfacing at around midday. But that is far from ideal and is really hampering my recovery. I am hoping to find ways around it before I contact the Dr as I’m conscious that the NHS is under huge pressure. Though that didn’t stop them swinging into action magnificently earlier this week when my brother-in-law was admitted to hospital with a blood clot on the lung. After two days on oxygen, thank goodness he’s now at home and recovering.

I have new glasses! And luckily, although it was something of a challenge to peer at blurry old me in the mirror while choosing the frames, I do like the look of them. What is a shock, is what a huge improvement I’ve noticed in my eyesight since putting them on. I was terribly overdue, but simply hadn’t had the energy to face the test and all the messing around with lenses and whatnot that fitting varifocals takes. Himself is not very well – he went down with an almighty cold last week. At least we hope it was a cold – the lateral tests said so. But I’m aware that they aren’t all that accurate with some of the new variants of covid. He had a couple of days off work with a terrible, hacking cough and feeling absolutely wiped out. He is now on annual leave, and although he is better, he still hasn’t fully recovered. Though I’m aware that he’s exhausted. Having to look after me for 14 months, on top of keeping the house clean, doing the chores including the washing and all the shopping and cooking, as well as keeping a demanding job going is a constant grind. I just hope that sometime soon I can begin to lighten his load.

This week I’ve read:-

Tainted – Book 4 of The Taellaneth series by Vanessa Nelson
Woken from sleep by intruders, Arrow is shocked to realise that humans have managed to break through her wards. This was no simple break-in. It quickly becomes clear this was just part of a series, and the Erith’s ancient enemies may be involved.

Worse than that, the peace treaty that holds shape-changers, humans and Erith from all-out war is on the brink of collapse. Arrow is once more in the middle of a deadly power struggle.
I am really loving this unusual fantasy crime series. Nelson is a talented capable author, whose ability to set the wrongdoings Arrow investigates within a world with a High Fantasy flavour really makes this one stand out from the crowd. Arrow is also a strong protagonist with lots of baggage after years of neglect and abuse – but is trying to come to terms with it. This adventure took her in a different direction, which I thoroughly enjoyed. I just wish it wasn’t the penultimate book in the series…:( 10/10

Murder at the Car Rally – Book 3 of the Lady Sleuth Murder Mystery series by Sonia Parin
When Evie Parker, Countess of Woodridge, decides to spend a day in London unaccompanied she has no idea she will encounter the one person she has hoped to spend the rest of her life avoiding. There’s no escaping Isabel Fitzpatrick’s exuberant energy and desire to show off her new husband. However, the encounter sets off a series of events and brings trouble right to Evie’s doorstep.

Even when Evie manages to return to her country house in Berkshire, she finds the only way to avoid her childhood friend is to flee by joining a car rally group, but trouble pursues her and now a man has died under suspicious circumstances…
I’ve cut short the rather chatty blurb on this entertaining 1920s murder mystery adventure. I’ve grown rather fond of Evie – and found this latest instalment particularly effective. I especially liked the depiction of the ‘bright young things’ who end up being at the heart of the story. There is also plenty of humour in amongst the whodunit, which I appreciated. 8/10

The Body in the Transept – Book 1 of the Dorothy Martin series by Jeanne M. Dam
Dorothy Martin, new widow moved to England, enjoys the Christmas service in Sherebury Cathedral until she trips over the body of Canon Billings. With handsome Chief Constable Alan Nesbitt, neighbor Jane, cat Emmy, and amusing hats, she sorts through suspects: pompous dishonest verger Wallingford, fired student Nigel, philandering George – to the truth.

I read a previous offering of this author and was sufficiently impressed to give this established series a whirl. I very much enjoyed seeing a small cathedral city (which seems to have an uncanny resemblance to Salisbury) through the eyes of an American woman of a certain age. Dorothy is a slightly spiky, amusing protagonist and while the whodunit itself isn’t particularly complicated, the detailed descriptions of the city and the characters kept me turning the pages during a particularly wretched night. 8/10

NOVELLA Barbary by Vonda N. McIntyre
Even before the space transport Outrigger docked on research station Einstein, Barbary had heard about an alien ship that was moving into the solar system.

Some believed the vessel was drifting aimlessly; others were sure it was under conscious control. Either way, the team of scientists aboard Outrigger were prepared to investigate.

Their mission did not involve a passenger named Barbary. Yet she —and more importantly, the pet cat she smuggled on board—were about to play key roles in mans first contact with aliens…
This space opera children’s adventure story, first published in 1986, absolutely charmed me. Many thanks to … the person who featured this on their blog recently, where it caught my eye and encouraged me to get hold of it. And sorry for not remembering who you are! But it’s a delight. Barbary is a sympathetic protagonist and I was thoroughly rooting for her to succeed in her determination to take the only thing that really matters into space with her. I just wish it was longer! 8/10

AUDIOBOOK Dark Currents – Book 2 of the Emperor’s Edge Collection Books 1-3 by Lindsay Buroker
It’s been three months since former enforcer Amaranthe Lokdon and the notorious assassin Sicarius thwarted kidnappers and saved the emperor’s life. The problem? Nobody knows they were responsible for this good deed. Worse, they’re being blamed for the entire scheme. With enforcers and bounty hunters stalking them, and the emperor nursing a personal hatred for Sicarius, it’s going to be hard to earn exoneration.

When Amaranthe’s team discovers mutilated bodies in the city aqueducts and a mysterious illness incapacitates thousands of citizens, she and Sicarius see an opportunity to solve the mystery and prove their loyalty. But they’ll have to defeat vengeful shamans, man-eating predators, and deadly mechanical constructs, all while dodging imperial soldiers who would rather kill them than accept their help. Nobody said exoneration would be easy.
Buroker’s rollicking writing style, full of energy and humour – along with a hatful of unexpected plot twists now makes her one of my favourite authors. It has taken me a while to fully bond with this latest crew of misfits and troublemakers – but I found this adventure engrossing. And while I don’t like Sicarius at all, I was delighted to spend more time with Booksy and of course, our feisty heroine, Amaranthe. 8/10

Vengeance in Death – Book 6 of the In Death series by J.D. Robb
He is an expert with the latest technology…a madman with the mind of a genius and the heart of a killer. He quietly stalks his prey. Then he haunts the police with cryptic riddles about the crimes he is about to commit–always solved moments too late to save his victims’ lives. Police lieutenant Eve Dallas found the first victim butchered in his own home. The second lost his life in a vacant luxury apartment. The two men had little in common. Both suffered unspeakable torture before their deaths. And both had ties to an ugly secret of ten years past–a secret shared by none other than Eve’s new husband, Roarke.

I’m generally not a huge fan of murder mysteries featuring mad-but-brilliant serial killers. However I have a soft spot for Eve Dallas, and as Himself has bought alllll the books in this very long-running series, I thought I’d continue to work my way through it while I’m on a Crime reading spree. As ever with these books, the pages flew by as I found it hard to put down. I do enjoy the fact that Eve and Roarke have such a very passionate relationship as a married couple. 8/10

This week I have posted:

*NEW RELEASE SPECIAL* Review of Stringers of Chris Panatier

Review of The Long Covid Self-Help Guide: Practical Ways to Manage Symptoms by the Oxford Long Covid Clinic

Thank you so much for visiting and commenting. I’m aware that right now, it’s a very one-sided relationship and I don’t know when I’ll be able to fully reciprocate. In the meantime, do take care and try to keep well.

32 responses »

    • Thank you, Tammy. Yes – I’m very pleased with the glasses, especially the vast improvement in my vision! Thank you for your kind wishes – I hope Himself feels better, too. Looking after me has been so hard on him and he never complains or makes a fuss…

    • Thank you, Laurel:)). Yes – thank goodness for books! I think I’d be gibbering at the moon right now if I hadn’t had the option of losing myself in a cracking good story for a large portion of the last year. Have a lovely week.

  1. Himself is a keeper and I hope he is feeling better soon. I love those In Death books, reading a new one is like coming home. yes I think about how last year at this time in fact April 17th was my first day of PT and when I started to improve. I still had some severe pain yet at this point. I’m just now, this week, adding back weight lifting and push-ups that I did before my problems. I feel like a blob even with walking almost daily since September. Happy Easter! I’m glad the new glasses are a big improvement.

    Anne – Books of My Heart This is my Sunday Post

    • Thank you for sharing your ongoing progress, Anne. It gives me such hope! And yes – Himself is definitely a keeper:)). I just wish he wasn’t under such strain. Have Easter to you and I hope you have a lovely week.

  2. Sarah!!! So wonderful to hear from you and I am sorry to hear you still struggle with recovery. But I am glad to hear how positive you are and that you are still reading as much as always!!

    Please take care of yourself and we’ll chat again soon!

    Lots of Love,

    Elza Reads

    • Glad you managed to escape unscathed, Kimberly! And please pass on my best wishes to your husband – he might well find the book on Long Covid helpful. I know I certainly did.

    • Thank you for your kind wishes, Becky:). I know! I keep sniggering, when trying on various frames while peering at the fuzzy mess in the mirror, at the stupid humour of the situation – and wondering if I could put it in a story…

  3. I am glad to see you are going in the right direction, Sarah, even though it is such a slow process. I hope your shoulder gets sorted out. Nothing can replace a good night’s sleep. I sure hope your hubby improves soon. He is a busy man and this leave may help him recover and rejuvenate. Happy Easter to you, Sarah.

    • Thank you, Carla. Yes… the shoulder is something I’ve been dealing with since before Christmas, but it’s recently got a lot worse and really hammering my sleep:(. I’m hoping that Himself will be feeling better soon. His mother has also been very poorly – another issue he’s having to deal with…

  4. Ugh. I’m sorry to hear about your husband. I hate getting a cold! It usually leads to a sinus infection for me. And I hope the pain in your arm lessens soon so you can get a good night’s sleep.

    • Thank you for your kind good wishes, SJ:). Yes – he normally copes well with such things, but that cough of his took me right back to when he was battling covid:(. Now the weather is definitely improving, I’m hoping that he will soon feel better, too.

  5. SARAH! It’s lovely to stop by at last. I’m bummed your booster has caused such soreness, but it’s wonderful to hear you’ve been able to slowly and steadily continue your recovery. I just hope your wonderful husband is over the worst of that cold so he can recover! I think when there’s such a strain on the body, it’s just going to crash at some point–that’s understandable. But after that reboot, the body and soul will return to the fray! Sure, maybe not as fast as we’d like, but it does. I’m going to keep rooting for you and praying for you, and I hope you find ways to share little joys with your family in the coming spring! xxxxxxxxx

    • Oh, it’s lovely to hear from you, Jean:)). But yes… I’m definitely on the road to recovery – but I’m not risking it all by hurrying over it. So I need to be patient and mindful of the progress I’ve made. Though right now this wretched shoulder of mine is making it difficult! At least the weather is getting better:).

  6. Glad you’ve been able to get some new glasses, especially as it sounds like they were well overdue, SJ. But sorry to hear about your sore arm and the hubby’s nasty cold – I pray you find ways to sleep better and that hubby will make a full recovery now he has some time off to rest properly. 🙂🙏❤

    • Thank you for your kind good wishes, Jessica! Yes, the glasses were very overdue and I’m very glad that I got them done:). Yes… I hope that my sleep improves very soon, too. Hoping you’re able to have a relaxing Easter break.

  7. It’s beeen about a month since I “to behind” in reading blogs, and had to simply hit delete for a while, but I am baaack, and rleady to read and comment. That said, I can see from a distance quite an improvement in your health. I m sure this will continue, and with good weather coming, you should be able to be out and about more.
    How’s the writing going? Or is it going?
    I am finishing up the semester this coming week, and have taken the summer off to get up to speed on handling the household bills, finances, etc. which was formerly My Better Half’s realm. Like many wives, I “let him handle things” and couldn’t be bothered. I really regret that now.

    • Hi Rae – oh, it’s lovely to hear from you! And I completely understand about taking time off from reading blogs… I’m still only dipping a toe in occasionally as my energy isn’t up to doing very much! Yes – I’m definitely recovering and at long last I can truly believe it, because the steps forward are beginning to outnumber the steps backward. And the improving weather and increased light levels are really helping, too:)).

      As for the writing… I haven’t been talking about it at all. Because in the past year, the minute I mentioned that I was able to work on the manuscript – it guaranteed that I was too tired to do anything of the sort for ages and ages. So in February, I began to edit rather than write – and then only when I could. Now I’m able to work more days than I can’t – still editing! I’ve completed the main edit of Flame & Blame and I’m now two-thirds through Trouble With Dwarves. I’m hoping once I’ve finished the main edit, I’ll have enough in the tank to resume work on Problems With Power, which is the third book in my Picky Eaters series, which I was working on when I got sick with covid:)).

      I’m sorry to hear that Better Half is now unable to handle the household finances – I take it that he’s quite poorly? And go you for meeting this challenge headon and giving yourself time and space to get it sorted out. And thank goodness for the Internet, where at least these days we can learn best practice about how to acquire life skills! Best of luck and hoping you and Better Half are at least able to enjoy some of the summer break together.

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