SUNDAY POST – LIVING WITH LONG COVID #21

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

A lot has happened since I last reported in. The morning of my Dr’s appointment, the surgery contacted me to apologise that my consultation would have to be postponed as they had four doctors off with covid. I immediately got back in touch and explained that I was really struggling with a suspected sinus infection so I had a telephone appointment and was prescribed a course of antibiotics. The improvement in my condition was immediate, with the congestion easing and the lymph glands on the right side of my neck no longer so swollen and sore. Even the top of my head stopped aching. I felt on top of the world – I hadn’t felt so well since I’d become ill with covid back in March 2021. The only downside was that the tablets made me photosensitive, so during yet another week of soaring temperatures and bright sunshine, I had to keep covered up and indoors as much as possible. Still, it was a small price to pay. I even felt well enough to start sorting out my clothes in the wardrobes in the boys’ rooms so they would have sufficient space for their own possessions, given that they are now staying with us for the foreseeable future.

Meanwhile I was convinced that I had now beaten the long covid and it was all behind me. Until the beginning of this week, when I once more woke up to the far too familiar feeling of dragging, bone-deep exhaustion that made getting up a struggle. The worst day was Wednesday when I wasn’t able to get out of bed and shower before midday – but it could have been so much worse. The last time I’d been hit by such a relapse, I’d spent several days in bed unable to get up before 5 pm. By Friday I was starting to recover again, although my energy levels still aren’t back to what they were, but at least now I know that I’ll get there. And an indicator that I am really on the road to recovery – at long last, I’m able to walk at the same pace as the rest of the family. For the longest time, although I was no longer walking with a stick, I was still moving really slowly, which forced the boys and Himself to check their pace so I wasn’t left behind. I hated it. I felt old before my time and also often got caught behind other slow-moving folks, because I didn’t have the acceleration to step past them. I also felt vulnerable on a crowded pavement, as I was also aware if someone wasn’t paying attention, I couldn’t react fast enough to avoid a collision. The ability to stride out and walk quickly again is such a joy – though I quickly get puffed as I have no stamina. Never mind, that will come.

The boys, as ever, are being brilliant. They are such good company and are always helpful with the chores, especially when I’m not feeling at my shiny best. Ethan is getting ever busier working in a shop that sells workwear and school uniforms as the summer holiday is coming to an end. While his younger brother is enjoying sessions in the local gym. We went down to the beach one lovely summer evening and I’m hoping to take them more often as I get stronger again. While all this has been going on, reading, writing and blogging have taken rather a hit.

I’ve recently read:-

AUDIOBOOK – The Daughter of Dr Moreau by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Carlota Moreau: a young woman, growing up in a distant and luxuriant estate, safe from the conflict and strife of the Yucatán peninsula. The only daughter of either a genius, or a madman.

Montgomery Laughton: a melancholic overseer with a tragic past and a propensity for alcohol. An outcast who assists Dr. Moreau with his scientific experiments, which are financed by the Lizaldes, owners of magnificent haciendas and plentiful coffers.

The hybrids: the fruits of the Doctor’s labor, destined to blindly obey their creator and remain in the shadows. A motley group of part human, part animal monstrosities.

All of them living in a perfectly balanced and static world, which is jolted by the abrupt arrival of Eduardo Lizalde, the charming and careless son of Doctor Moreau’s patron, who will unwittingly begin a dangerous chain reaction. For Moreau keeps secrets, Carlota has questions, and in the sweltering heat of the jungle, passions may ignite.
This slow-burn, atmospheric historical adventure creaked with tension throughout. I loved the depiction of two strong-minded, flawed people caught up in Dr Moreau’s machinations. Review to follow. 9/10

AUDIOBOOK – A Lady’s Guide to Fortune-Hunting by Sophie Irwin
Kitty Talbot needs a fortune. Or rather, she needs a husband who has a fortune. Left with her father’s massive debts, she has only twelve weeks to save her family from ruin.

Kitty has never been one to back down from a challenge, so she leaves home and heads toward the most dangerous battleground in all of England: the London season.

Kitty may be neither accomplished nor especially genteel—but she is utterly single-minded; imbued with cunning and ingenuity, she knows that risk is just part of the game.

The only thing she doesn’t anticipate is Lord Radcliffe. The worldly Radcliffe sees Kitty for the mercenary fortune-hunter that she really is and is determined to scotch her plans at all costs, until their parrying takes a completely different turn…
This is huge fun – and just the sort of escapist enjoyment I need right now. I thoroughly appreciated that Kitty has accepted the stark fact that she must make a financially favourable marriage to keep the rest of her family from foundering, which was an all-too common occurrence for women of a certain social class back in the day. Review to follow. 9/10

Breakup – Book 7 of the Kate Shugak series by Dana Stabenow
In Breakup, Kate Shugak’s loyalties – to the land, her heritage, her home – are put to the test when a series of mishaps lead to murder. April in Alaska is typically a period of rebirth and renewal, and after the long winter Kate has nothing more strenuous on her agenda than paying her taxes. But mayhem abounds as the meltoff flows; this year’s thaw is accompanied by rampaging bears, family feuds, and a plane crash quite literally in Kate’s own backyard. What begins as a series of headaches escalates into possible murder when a dead body is found near her homestead. Initially unwilling to involve herself in the investigation, preferring instead to write off each odd occurrence as a breakup-related peculiarity, Kate is drawn irresistibly to seek the truth.

Compelled by her friends to act as problem solver and guided by the spirit of her Aleut grandmother, she finds herself slowly taking on the role of clan leader, a post she is bound to by honor and blood. As breakup becomes increasingly fraught with danger and destruction, Kate must decide whether she can cross the line from passive observer to instrument of change, assuming the role of elder as the mantle of responsibility is passed.
I am slowly working my way through this engaging murder mystery series, set in Alaska and featuring a young woman born and bred in this extraordinary place. This particular book is a joy. I love the vivid depiction of place and Kate’s increasing frustration as she becomes sucked into local politics, despite her best intentions. The story see-saws between extreme danger and farce as events take on a life of their own, with an ugly murder emerging from the middle of all the mayhem. This is an outstanding read in an excellent series. 10/10

AUDIOBOOK – Sherlock Holmes & the Miskatonic Monstrosities – Book 2 of The James Lovegrove’s Sherlock Holmes series by James Lovegrove
It is the spring of 1895, and more than a decade of combating eldritch entities has cost Dr John Watson his beloved wife Mary, and nearly broken the health of Sherlock Holmes. Yet the companions do not hesitate when they are called to the infamous Bedlam lunatic asylum, where they find an inmate speaking in R’lyehian, the language of the Old Ones. Moreover, the man is horribly scarred and has no memory of who he is.

And when the man is taken from Bedlam by forces beyond normal mortal comprehension, it becomes clear that there is far more to the case than they initially suspected…
I have cut short the rather chatty blurb to this thoroughly enjoyable Sherlock Holmes adventure, where Lovegrove really hits his stride with this entertaining pastiche that also encompasses Lovecraftian aspects. The story takes all sorts of exciting twists and turns, yet remains true to the overall style and tone of Conan Doyle. Thoroughly recommended for Sherlock Holmes fans, who also appreciate a splash of fantasy with their historical murder mysteries. 10/10

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.

31 responses »

  1. How lovely that you have the boys now. I KNOW that makes you happy. It sounds as if you’re making SOME progress, girlfriend. That’s better than before!
    I read Daughter of Dr. Moreau, but in an ebook format. It was pretty good.
    Hope you have a great week ahead with lots of progress on feeling stronger and some happy moments with family and friends.

    • Thank you for your kind good wishes and concern – I really appreciate it, Rae:)). And yes – I’ve made a big leap towards being better. But I do need to keep my patience and recognise that I still have a way to go. I hope your week is a good one, too.

    • Thank you, Vi. Yes – having the boys to stay has given both of us a new lease of life. We simply don’t have time to think too hard about what has been happening – we must just get on with what is going on right now. And that is an enormous gift. I hope that you, too, have a great week:).

    • Oh yes – I do get very frustrated when I wake up to the realisation that the coming day will be spent doing hardly anything at all. But… at least those are now the days in the minority, whereas it wasn’t so long ago that it was the days when I was feeling well enough to do things that were few and far between. Something I must keep remembering:)). I hope you have a lovely week, Laurel.

  2. I am pleased to hear you were able to get the treatment you needed for your sinuses and that you’ve turned a corner in your recovery from long-Covid as well. I also love the sound of nearly all the books you’ve been reading – I have definitely been reaching for more comfort reads too.

    You continue to be in my prayers. Take care and happy reading. 🙏❤🙂

    • Thank you so much for your kind thoughts and prayers – I really appreciate you taking the time and effort, Jessica:)). Yes… I am definitely reading for escape these days! I hope you have a lovely week in this cooler weather.

  3. I’m glad to hear that things are starting to get better. You have been suffering for such a long, long time. You are on my list for daily prayer and good thoughts, Sarah.

    The Daughter of Dr. Moreau is on my radar. I’ve seen some good things about it.

  4. It does sound like you are making progress despite your recent setback. My nieces have recently had Covid, one vaccinated and the other two young for vaccination, and they were both very ill. People don’t realise how sick you can get from this virus. I am glad the boys are with you and it sounds like they are enjoying life as young people do. Thanks for sharing your book reviews. The daughter of Dr Moreau is of particular interest to me. I am nearly finished The Picture of Dorian Grey by Oscar Wilde. I read it slowly so it wouldn’t finish to quickly.

    • Yes – the dr I spoke to described covid as ‘a weird beast’ and I think that just about sums it up. So many people sail through it – and others are really ill. And some, like me, are utterly felled for months and months. Thank goodness I’m finally coming out the other side:)). Yes – with your liking for classical writing, I think you would thoroughly enjoy The Daughter of Dr Moreau. I envy your restraint in reading books slowly so as to get the best out of them:)). Have a great week, Roberta.

  5. Sarah I am so happy you are having some relief and doing better. I was offered the Sophie Irwin books multiple times and just couldn’t get it into my schedule, maybe I should have tried harder. I LOVE the Kate Shugak series. I’ve read them all to current.

    • I think you would have thoroughly enjoyed the Sophie Irwin book – the audio version is still available, last time I looked, so it might be worth a try:). Thank you for your kind good wishes, Anne – and I hope you have a great week.

  6. I am so so glad to hear that it’s finally going better Sarah! Gosh, you must have been so frustrated after all this time.

    Glad to see that you are also back to serious reading again! And what great books you are showcasing. The Sherlock Holmes one sounds intriguing, a bit weird perhaps but since when is weird bad!

    The Daughter of Doctor Mareu (did I spell that correctly now….) does however seem right up my alley! I will take a look.

    Take care of yourself and happy reading this week!

    • Thank you, Mareli:)). Yes – I have been quite frustrated, especially recently. Luckily, when I was at my lowest ebb, I was very zen about the whole business as I simply didn’t have the energy to care. Now I feel very different! Yes, the Sherlock Holmes book is a bit weird – but Lovegrove also writes the ‘straight’ version of some of Sherlock’s adventures for those who like their historical crime free of fantastical elements – you might prefer those. They are definitely worth checking out:)). I hope you are having a good week.

  7. Wow. A lot has happened lately! Glad to hear that you were treated quickly for that sinus infection. They’re the worst and I seem to get one every winter. And I’m also glad to hear that your recovery from the latest covid smackdown was quicker than usual. Fingers crossed that continues to be the case until it’s gone for good.

    • Thank you for your kind good wishes, SJ:). Yes – Life is definitely a whole lot busier and I was very relieved that the sinus infection was dealt with. I think it has been bubbling away with the nasal drip for some time – I certainly feel a whole lot better and my face is less painful:)). You have my profound sympathy coping with that every winter… Yes – I think the Long Covid is going to let up by slow degrees, until one day I look round and realise that I haven’t had a relapse for several months. That’s what I’m aiming for, anyway:). I hope your summer break is going well and that the weather is being kind.

  8. I’m so glad to hear how well you’ve been despite the sinus infection. I think relapses sometimes help to show us how far we’ve come and I’m glad you were able to bounce back reasonably quickly. I read a number of Dana Stabenow books years ago and really enjoyed that series. I need to make an effort to go back and read the series in order. I think I’d really enjoy. I hope you are having a wonderful week!

    • Thank you, Katherine. And yes – you’re right regarding the relapses… it wasn’t all that long ago that each relapse lasted at least 4 or 5 days when I spent most of the day in bed. Now I find it is only 3 days and while I still struggle to get up – it isn’t the whole day I lose! I hope you, too, are having a good week:)).

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