I’ve been sharing my covid journey on Twitter for the past few months, so I figured I’d share this as well. Last week I had a doctors appointment and they discovered that my heart rate is *still* abnormal. 8+ months after having covid, I still have tachycardia.
My lung function test was also a nightmare. I do have asthma, but my lung function has never been *this* bad in the 10+ years I’ve been asthmatic. I also have to see a gastroenterologist because I still have absolutely no appetite and can go 7+ days without eating a meal.
Not only that, but my stomach is inflamed now. Something I’ve never experienced pre-covid. The amount of specialists I have to see just because of this virus is wild. I also couldn’t imagine dealing with this uninsured. My medical bills are ridiculous even with insurance.
And I have DUAL insurance and it’s still not 100% coverage for everything. I can’t help but think about people who are being reckless in this pandemic and don’t have any insurance. Like, do you know the risk you’re taking???
While I generally feel “ok” on a daily basis, the constant fatigue is the worst part of this. I. Am. Always. Tired. Because my lungs/heart are working so hard. Walking a few steps literally has me exhausted. I used to be able to work out twice a day. I can’t walk .5 miles now.
And the palpitations that I’ve been experiencing for months now with #LongCovid are frightening. They only last for a few seconds, but still. They happen quite often. At least once a day. I have a cardiologist appointment next week to talk about our next steps.
As I’ve been saying for MONTHS now, covid may not kill you. But your life may also never be the same again. Also, idc what the mortality rate is. Even if it was 0.1%, that is 0.1% too high.
I’m really lucky to have doctors who LISTEN. Especially being a Black woman. My doctor has never made me feel like I’m being dramatic or like any of my symptoms are just in my head. He examines everything. Even things that seem insignificant to me. So I’m very optimistic! 💙

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