Current Covid

I know – everyone is sick of hearing about Covid and all it’s variants but please take care. This is an x ray of my lungs during my recent bout of Covid in mid July, before I tested positive (two previous tests were negative). The doctor said it looks like emphysema which is perplexing because I am not a smoker. All that hazy white stuff should not be there.

This image is courtesy of CBS news in Dallas and here is the link to the article. You can see why the doctor thought I had emphysema but I suspect it is mild Covid lung. My symptoms are improving and I have tested negative but I am still coughing and breathless at times. I see a pulmonologist at the end of August and I hope my lungs will look better.

When I looked at the x-ray, I wondered what would have happened if I had not been fully boosted and vaccinated. My husband’s bout of Covid triggered his AFIB. Our elderly neighbor was hospitalized last month for the same reason. It is a very new disease so we don’t have all the answers especially about long term problems.

Please take sensible precautions and don’t assume if a test is negative that it is just a cold. A throat swab may have been more effective in my case.

79 thoughts on “Current Covid

  1. Marion is having problems with it too. The difficulty is that so many people are not wearing masks in crowded public areas now. I am wearing one in shops and public transport but that protects others…not me!

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  2. Hope you feel better soon Kerry. I’m really annoyed to have had third bout on holiday in July! Still a bit breathless but the coughing has stopped. The fatigue is so annoying.
    In Scotland you have to just get on with it. No X-rays nothing. So my lungs are god knows what. Glad I don’t smoke. I’m still wearing mask in crowded places and hand washing and trying to distance but everyone looks at me as if I’m crazy.
    I’m hoping it’ll go away but doesn’t seem to beπŸ€·β€β™€οΈ
    I’ll be first in queue for booster.
    Sorry to hear Marion not great 😌

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    • I am so sorry that you have been bedeviled by the pesky virus. Please take care of yourself. My doctor just took x rays because I have a pre-existing lung condition (the cyst). Still had to wait 6 weeks to see the specialist – I guess pulmonologists are over worked right now. Just like teachers. We have so few teachers in Texas that they are going for a 4 day school week in the rural areas. K x

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  3. So sorry that it’s lingering, Kerry. Sending many hopes that you will both fully recover very soon! I agree that it’s not over and I think everyone should be taking more precautions than they are. The case counts are surging here again.

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  4. It is so wild to me how differently this nasty illness affects everyone. Both my husband and I had shortness of breath and we both had very different symptoms from minimal to severe. Both of us had clear chest x-rays. I have Asthma and he was a smoker at the time. I do hope you recover quickly!

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    • Thank you so much, Jae. So glad that your x- rays were clear – mine were a bit of a shock. I have read that it takes 3 months to 1 year for Covid Lungs to clear. I am fed up with the fatigue…😴 I hope you both feel much better soon.

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      • I actually caught Covid in August of 2021. It completely destroyed my sense of taste and smell. Three months later, when it had not restored naturally, I took matters into my own hands and began SRT (sensory retraining therapy). I was able to restore both my sense of taste and smell within 5 months. It required diligence and persistence, but I did it. Others I know are still living without the benefits.

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      • That’s really interesting, Gail. That must have been a real loss since you love food so much. I did lose my sense of smell and taste for a while but it is coming back. Curiously, I have an overly sensitive nose and am plagued by strong smells so it was a nice break…πŸ‘ƒ

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  5. Sending lots of love and healing energy your way, Kerry! I know that people are sick of hearing about COVID, yet so many that I personally know, still get sick and end up home bound for weeks! Get well soon πŸ™‚ Aiva xx

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  6. Thank you for this reminder! I was just thinking the other day that people are getting pretty lax about Covid. I wish it was something we handled better in the beginning, but you are right – it’s still so new and we just don’t know enough about it. I am thinking of you and hoping for the absolute best in your total recovery. I appreciate you sharing all of this with us. I am not taking it lightly at all. Hugs.

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    • Thank you, Carmen. I have to admit that most people I know having a bad experience are over 60 or immunocompromised (including me). Feeling much better today – went for a walk. πŸšΆβ€β™€οΈ

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  7. I so much hope your recovery continues Kerry. Thank you for posting this – there are many people who still either deny that Covid exists and/or refuse the vaccine and I think it’s really important that details of experiences like yours reach as many people as possible. So far I’m lucky to not get Covid……. I mustn’t become too complacent though!

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  8. A timely post because Covid is still a threat. I didn’t know Covid could trigger AFIB, mine was triggered with too strenuous exercise. What I find perplexing is the people who deny the science. I know some people worry about a reaction to the vaccine and booster but unless they have a history of reactions to vaccines I think they have little risk. I hope you both continue to heal and have no long-term effects. – David

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    • Thank you, David. We have both been on a short vacation to the seaside which has been so recuperative. I am amused that people really feel there is an element of choice with vaccinations in most of the world. You need them for school, college, certain destinations and to protect us all. I felt like a pin cushion when we moved to Egypt!

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    • I am so sorry that your sister became so ill, Amy, but glad she is on the way to good health. I think society is weary of the pandemic but it’s important for us not to be complacent. Thank you for your comment!

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  9. Hope you are doing better these days. Seeing the x-ray is scary! At some point, there is so much of it around that, boosted or not, people are getting it, but it’s not as serious. I’m still being careful. Take care.

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