Can anyone relate to the title of this post?
By all accounts, COVID can be potentially serious and devastating. It's not a hoax. We all have a responsibility to keep each other safe and to try to stop the spread of it. Further, I tremendously appreciate the concern shown to those suffering from COVID. But living with a chronic illness is also serious and devastating.
Yesterday, I tested positive for COVID. The response and concern has been overwhelming. Many are greatly concerned for me, asking if I'm okay and to let them know if I need anything. I'm doing fine, at least from COVID . In my situation, I already received the Moderna booster shot and, therefore, I believe I am protected from the worst. Although there has been a rise in hospitalizations of fully vaccinated people of late, this does not include people who have had booster shots; the booster shots still seem to keep people out of the hospital. Plus, my symptoms are mild so far - slight chills yesterday and a loss of taste and smell, the latter of which may be due in part to my infection. I did an at-home COVID test which was negative before the PCR test at an urgent care that was positive. The at-home antigen test needs a larger viral load to detect COVID whereas the PCR test can detect smaller amounts of COVID. Conclusion=my COVID viral load is likely small.
What I have been really dealing with for the past month, on a daily basis, has been an unrelenting sinopulmonary infection - which few people have asked or inquired about. In fact, I believe the reason I was susceptible to catching COVID in the first place was because my infection had gotten a bit out of hand after moving to a weaker antibiotic (zithromax) that couldn't control the infection. I started on a stronger antibiotic yesterday and my symptoms are already much improving.
If only everyone cared about our chronic illness as much as they do about COVID! Perhaps then, us chronic illness sufferers would receive much more compassion, care, and attention to our needs.
What do you think?