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

I’m aware that it has been quite a while since I’ve touched base with everyone here. In the past, that generally meant I’d been enduring another prolonged spell in bed, utterly exhausted. And while I’ve had to spend the occasional day lying down – mostly this time around, there are other reasons.

Firstly, at the end of June I celebrated a significant birthday – not one I was particularly looking forward to, I have to add. The upside was that I shared my party with my youngest granddaughter, Eliza, who was very thrilled to turn four. The pics are of her side of the party – we adults generally just sat around and chatted, so were far less photogenic. Our boomerang boy is back with us again, as he enjoys our company and he lights up the house with his joking and fun. Thirdly, my lovely sister had a nasty car accident a couple of weeks ago. Fortunately she wasn’t seriously injured but she was bruised and shaken and her beloved car was written off. Her guardian angel was definitely sitting on her shoulder that day, as it so easily could have been so much worse. And we have just come to the end of Wimbledon fortnight. I’m not a huge sports fan, but I do love watching grass court tennis – and it’s been a joy being able to fully engage with the tournament. Last year while I went through the motions of watching, I really didn’t have the energy to care, and in 2020 it was cancelled due to the pandemic.

Before I was ill, I was able to cope with doing several things at once – that no longer is that case. I’m hoping this is temporary and there will come a time when I can once again keep up with writing, blogging, reading AND watching Wimbledon. But that isn’t happening, right now. Not that I’m too upset, as it isn’t all that long ago that I was regularly stuck in bed too tired to do much before 2 pm in the afternoon. Now, I’m getting up at 7 am on schooldays – sometimes I go back to bed once the school run is over, but often I stay up for the rest of the day. This is amazing progress, but I’m aware that I still have a mountain to climb. One of my current issues is how stiff and sore I am after spending over a year largely in bed. I will be adding exercises to get stronger and fitter in due course, but right now everything hurts too much! My electric massager has been a huge help to loosen sore muscles first thing in the morning, especially in my lower back, thighs and upper arms and if it gets too miserable, I take the occasional ibuprofen tablet.

We are enjoying a spell of really warm weather – we haven’t had any rain for over a week now and the temperature has been up in the 70s and it looks as though it’s set to stay that way for the coming week. I enjoy it, but Himself is suffering as he doesn’t get on with too much heat. What with everything that’s been going on, I haven’t been doing all that much reading recently, although I’m still listening to audiobooks as I drift off to sleep – they’re a lifesaver!

This past fortnight I’ve read:-

Stuck in Magic – Book 1 of the Stuck in Magic series by Christopher G. Nuttall
Elliot Richardson thought he’d lost everything. He’d come home from deployment to find his wife cheating on him, his sons strangers and his life in tatters. Driving away, unsure where he was going, he fell through an interdimensional rift and found himself in a very different world, a city of magic and mystery and dangers beyond his comprehension, a land spinning out of control as innovations from the distant west unsettle the monarchy and challenge the position of the aristocrats and warlords that hold the kingdom in their grasp.

Powerless and alone, with no way home, Elliot struggles to survive long enough to make a new life. But as war looms on the horizon, he finds himself forced to use his skills to make a name for himself, all too aware that the slightest slip will mean instant death – or worse.
This is a spinoff from the superb long-running Schooled in Magic series that has been one of my lifeline reads throughout the last year. I love the contrast between poor old Elliot and Emily, who are both refugees from Earth. Elliot is a vet from Afghanistan with no magical powers or powerful allies. I’m delighted to discover there is another book in the series. 9/10

AUDIOBOOK – Sherlock Holmes and the Shadwell Shadows – Book 1 of the James Lovegrove’s Sherlock Holmes series
In the stews of London’s East End, an outbreak of insanity sees ordinary men and women reduced to gibbering, incoherent wrecks; a mysterious creeping fog hides terrifying apparitions within that rob the wits of all who see them and even inspire suicide.

Sherlock Holmes, in the infancy of his detecting career, deduces a connection between these sinister “shadows” and an Oriental drug lord who is bent on expanding his criminal empire. Yet there are even more sinister forces at work, as the great detective faces a challenge so fearsome and deadly that his career may be over almost as soon as it has begun.
I am a solid fan of Lovegrove’s writing and his take on Sherlock Holmes’ adventures is a joy. It’s especially clever as there are two versions. One series of books are straightforward additions to the Conan Doyle canon, while the other puts a Lovecraftian spin on them… It’s done very cleverly and even uses Lovegrove’s name as part of the backstory. This is the first of the fantasy adventures that Holmes and Watson tackle. 9/10

AUDIOBOOK – Rotten to the Core – Book 8 of the Lady Hardcastle Mysteries by T.E. Kinsey
Summer 1911. A scorching heatwave engulfs the quiet town of Littleton Cotterell and brings about an unusually early harvest. The villagers are thrilled, but events quickly turn sour when one of them turns up dead in an apple orchard, stabbed through the heart. Amateur sleuth Lady Hardcastle and her trusty lady’s maid, Flo, suddenly have a juicy case on their hands. Might the mysterious stranger they recently met in the village be to blame?

When a second cider-related murder takes place, it quickly becomes clear that there’s more to these mysterious deaths than meets the eye. The daring duo uncover whispers of an ancient order and moonlit rituals. And evidence points to a macabre secret in the village stretching back years. A secret someone will do anything―anything at all―to keep hidden.
I’ve been pining for more Littleton Cotterell delight. And this one picks up just a day after The Fatal Flying Affair. While I do enjoy following the well crafted murder mysteries in this series – for me, it’s really about the delightful relationship between Lady H and Flo. And for a long-lost time before the horrors of WWI… This one is particularly good, with a lovely twisty plot and lots of enjoyable shafts of gentle humour throughout. 10/10

AUDIOBOOK – Deliverer – Book 9 (Sequence 3, Book 3) of the Foreigner series by C.J. Cherryh
In the aftermath of civil war, the world of the atevi is still perilously unstable. Tabini-aiji, powerful ruler of the Western Association, along with his son and heir Cajeiri, and his human paidhi, Bren Cameron, have returned to the seat of power. The usurper, Murini, has escaped to the lands of his supporters, but the danger these rebels pose is far from over. Ilisidi, Tabini’s grandmother, the aiji-dowager, has returned to her ancient castle in the East, for she has powerful ties in the lands of the rebels, and she seeks to muster whatever support for her grandson that she can from among those enemy strongholds.

The long-running Foreigner series can also be enjoyed by more casual genre readers in sub-trilogy installments. Deliverer is the 9th Foreigner novel. It is also the 3rd book in the third subtrilogy.
This is yet another excellent audiobook series I’m following that never disappoints. Daniel May has nailed bringing to life the various crises that come in the wake of the attempted rebellion, so that Cherryh’s wonderful aliens are solidly three-dimensional characters. As for Bren, he is once again plunged right in the middle of this latest emergency, as the only human translator and ambassador living on the mainland amongst this lethal and fascinating species. 9/10

This last week I have posted:

Can’t-Wait-Wednesday featuring The Last Feather by Shameez Patel Papathanasiou

*NEW RELEASE SPECIAL* Review of What Rough Beast by Michael R. Johnston

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.

24 responses »

  1. The big step between staying in bed until 2 pm and getting up at 7 am and being active all day long is more than a simple improvement, it’s a huge change. And one that will certainly give you the drive to keep on this road 🙂

  2. I am very happy to know you are getting on so much better. I friend of mine has had long Covid since June last year and it is slow progress, but he is also taking steps forward. I also like listening to audio books and am nearly finished Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. I am enjoying listening to my favourite Dickens very much.

    • So glad you are enjoying listening to Dickens. What we tend to forget is that many of the old classical writers expected their works to be read aloud to an audience. I’m currently working my way through The Jane Austen Collection, having just finished listening to Pride & Prejudice:)).

      • That is lovely. I prefer Thomas Hardy to Jane Austen (I they can be compared), but Pride & Prejudice is my favourite Austen. Tess of the D’Urbervilles is my favourite Hardy although it always makes me cry.

      • Oh yes! Thomas Hardy is a wonderful writer – and Tess of the D’Urbevilles is a brilliant, but harrowing read… My favourite is Far From the Madding Crowd:)). It has the best love scene in it that I’ve ever read – the one where Gabriel Oak describes to Bathsheba Everdene about sitting on one side of the fire reading a book and looking up and seeing her… It always brings a lump to my throat…

  3. Happy belated birthday, Sarah😁 Yes, there comes a time when those numbers are nothing but depressing (I had a big one earlier this year) but I try to ignore it, lol. Best wishes to your sister, I hope she recovers soon.

    • Lol… Thank you for your kind birthday wishes, Tammy. Yes – in many ways it was a relief to have such a solid excuse not to make a big fuss of THAT birthday. Fortunately my sister has now recovered – and has just acquired an electric bike to travel back and forth to work while she saves up for a new car.

    • Thank you, Laurel:)). Yes, I’m aware that I’ve made huge strides in the last six weeks or so. Though yes… I do get a bit fed up when I have a day where everything is a major struggle, again. And I think you would thoroughly enjoy the Lady Hardcastle books – they are a joy.

  4. Well I’m glad to know you are doing more sorts of things. I agree about feeling out of sorts after spending a year in bed. I was only really 6 months but even with physical therapy I still feel lumpy. Right now, it’s so hot, 90F – 33C kind of hot, that we won’t be doing much this month or next. Today is cooler and I’ll get out to do a bit before dinner. I hope you will continue to improve and enjoy many more activities.

    Anne – Books of My Heart This is my Sunday Post

  5. I’m so relieved to see you are doing okay. That’s great that you have been active during this time and not stuck in bed! Family birthday parties and Wimbledon are jobs in and of themselves. Lol. Maybe a good thing to getting back into fitness is yoga for you! Lots of slow poses and stretches. That might help. I hope you have a great week!

    • Thank you, Lynn. It was a nasty shock, but it could have been so much worse! She has now bought herself an electric bike to get to and from work, while she saves up enough for a decent car. At least the constantly dry weather means she can cycle into work without fear of getting wet…

  6. It’s great to see you’re making progress. I know the road to a full recovery is probably still long, but it makes me think of writing a novel: every single sentence brings you closer to the end, even if you’ll need many, many sentences to finish it.

    • Yes… I think the dispiriting part about it was that the progress was always pock-marked with relapses and periods when I seemed to be going backwards. Of course, with some distance and logging my activity charts – I could see that the underlying direction was positive. But when in the middle of it all – it was very difficult to see that.

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