Good Morning, Folks! Hope this Wodin’s Day finds you doing well and enjoying life. We are having some cooler weather here in central Florida, with temps in the 50s this morning, so a very nice change! I do have some news to share today, as applies to everyone’s health in general and mine, in particular.
Most of you know by now that I have had LONG COVID since February, but what you may not know is something I read a few days ago:
LONG COVID is NOT just an annoying and/or painful interruption to your day. It can also cause damage to your heart, lungs, kidneys, brain, and other organs.
This has now been proven to be the case, and having your doctor(s) monitor your health is highly recommended if you are experiencing any of the typical LC symptoms . (Extreme fatigue, brain fog, palpitations, dizzy spells, numbness, trouble breathing, etc, etc, etc.)
Yesterday, I saw my new cardiologist for the first time, and we discussed this at length. It turns out the last imaging done of my heart by my old cardio doctor (which I never got any results from as it was lost in the shuffle of insurance changes) had finally been sent to my new doctor. For the first time in more than twenty years of annual testing, it was NOT good. I definitely have heart damage that has occurred during the last month or two, and he feels certain it’s from the LongCovid.
There has been a thickening of the inner wall of my heart, which has caused the opening of the aorta to narrow and restrict full blood flow to my body. At present, he has prescribed a heart medication to help with blood pressure and in preventing a heart attack. Proper hydration is also critical, so he has cut back the dosage of the diuretic that I’ve been on for years in conjunction with my thyroid medication. (I’m only sharing all this because it might be helpful to some of you who have similar issues.)
BOTTOM LINE: I now have permanent damage to my heart which we are working to manage. I feel sure we can do that. BUT … and this is the bigger problem … until the LONGCOVID finally disappears, it will continue damaging my heart and possibly even attack other organs, too.
Please, everyone … if you have LONG COVID, be sure your doctors are watching out for any damages it might do to you, especially if you’ve had it for longer than a few weeks.
I’m now supposed to “take it easy, rest and relax, and only do things I feel I can do without tiring myself out.” I was already cutting WAY back on my blog posts for the last part of this year, thinking a bit of a break would mean I’d be able to focus on my WIPs. Now I will likely be cutting back even more, and definitely will not be overtaxing myself!
I still have one more guest post coming up, and I’ve scheduled some other things ahead so you’ll still have some fun posts to look forward to. (ThorsDaySmile, Granny Says, and a few bits of poetry shared here and there). I will respond to comments on those as I’m able, but don’t worry if I’m not here nearly as much as before all this came about. First and foremost, I WILL follow my doctor’s instructions, and then we will reassess in 30 days to see how the new medication is working, and if there is evidence of new damage. I’ll know more then, and will post an update. (Hopefully a good one!)
In the meantime, PLEASE STAY SAFE, you guys! You are ALL very important to me, and I don’t want to see any of you going through issues of this kind! Remember:
GRANNY LOVES YOU!