post-covid fatigue & my bum thumb.

So, y’all, it’s been a full month today since my positive Covid test – but really about five weeks since I got sick – and I am still dealing with post-Covid fatigue that is overwhelming. I’m used to autoimmune fatigue – so I think that is why maybe this has caught me so off guard. Beyond my usual limits even, I hit a wall at a certain point – and cannot go any further.

I am just SO. TIRED.

I don’t know how to describe it except to say it feels like my body is in molasses, there is so much resistance – and when my body really quits. . . I have to lay down right now.

I’ve done some reading on Covid fatigue and autoimmune disease since this is not lifting and that hasn’t made me feel warm and fuzzy inside.

long covid and autoimmune disease article.

However, for now, there is nothing to do other than keep resting and hope this lifts soon.

What is troubling me more at the moment, however, is my left bum thumb:

my RA in my left hand, particularly my thumb, has suddenly run amok.

While my RA in general has not been great since the Covid, it was fairly “usual” throughout my body for want of a better way to explain it in that it was manageable and not doing anything that caused me to think it was in a new state of progression or inflammation. Some areas of pain are more severe and some are more dull and aching – but it has all been within the limits of what I typically experience.

However, abruptly, my left thumb is throbbing, tender, and difficult to use. Of course, this makes it more challenging to use my entire left hand and that isn’t great. More importantly though, something like this can point to a major flare coming – as this is some intense RA pain, truly stunning.

So the bum thumb is really giving me fits tonight.

I’m also going to be very honest and say that my feet are already just crazy deformed by RA and so whenever my hands act up, these images pop into my anxious head (I’m an old nurse and I cannot help it):

Needless to say, this is also not helpful – and I have school deadlines as well – so I’m going to do my best to get our fabulous child – known as Chick Captain Curtis 😉 – off to work, get some rest, take all the Motrin, and get to studying instead of dwelling on this.

Be well, everybody. Take care of yourselves and each other.

Grace and Blessings.

I want to share this Mercy Me song, Even If. It feels appropriate on this sickly day. ❤

They say it only takes a little faithTo move a mountainWell, good thingA little faith is all I have, right nowBut God, when You chooseTo leave mountains unmovableOh, give me the strength to be able to singIt is well with my soul.

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