I Know It’s In There Somewhere…

Fall is definitely pushing summer out of its way. No incognito here. It’s coming in brash and full-faced. Some of the leaves on my trees are yellow. It’s cold in my house this morning. The furnace comes on. If we get a week or so without freezing I might get two tomatoes. The beans are steadily giving me seeds for next year. It seems as if summer never happened, and, I guess, for me it didn’t, not that I mind all that much, but the reasons stink.

The new “bivalent” vaccine is out, but the CDC advises people who’ve had Covid to wait 3 months. OK. That’s next month. At some point I’ll toodle over to the park — or wherever — and get on the bus, Gus.

I don’t know. Yesterday, a very strange day as far as my brain went (which wasn’t far), I did a little more research into the phenomenon of “long Covid.” I learned that, “Researchers estimate that worldwide, 43 percent of people who have had COVID-19 experience some form of long COVID. They also found that trouble with memory — a feature of brain fog — was the second most commonly reported symptom of long COVID after fatigue. The exact cause of brain fog after COVID-19 is unknown. One theory is that high levels of inflammation or immune activity in response to COVID-19 impact the brain. But additional research is needed.” (Source) The key to all of this is “more research is needed.” Just a pity we can’t research things BEFORE they happen.

43% is a lot. The inflammation question is key, I think, and I have a pre-existing condition that is a chronic inflammation. Whatever it is, I’m stuck with it for the nonce. If you have friends dealing with this, be kind. It’s NOT hypochondria. At least my hip is working again. “At least?” Actually, it’s a LOT that my hip is working again. I’m very grateful to be able to haul my sluggish brain through fall’s beauty in the San Luis Valley.

25 thoughts on “I Know It’s In There Somewhere…

  1. It was hard to “like” this post. I hope the memory issue disappears soon and you are not foggy anymore. Son#2 had that side effect of COVID and it took over 6 months for him to get back to normal and he was only 32! Your beans look so beautiful! They seem too pretty to stick into the ground!! Hope you can get out more in the cooler weather (and I bet Bear is thrilled with the colder temps too).

  2. I’m in a longitudinal study of the children of people who had Alzheimer’s Disease. As part of that study I undergo a battery of cognitive tests every few years. Maybe we’ll soon know if I lost anything to COVID.

      • I think I would know also. When the study began they told us they would not give any individual results, as it was for research purposes only. After a few rounds of testing they saw declines in some subjects and encountered a moral dilemma. They decided they would offer us the option of being told if they noted cognitive declines – some people don’t know (or are in denial). I don’t think I have had any lasting changes. My next test date sahould be some time this fall, though they got off schedule due to COVID.

        • What I’m experienced isn’t like dementia as I saw it in my aunts and mom. A lot of people are having memory problems, though. My case is mostly just like I wake up some days and my brain is just totally exhausted. All I can do is go more slowly. Maybe that was something my aunts and mom felt; I don’t know. They weren’t diagnosed with Alzheimers. My mom’s was caused from alcohol abuse and my aunt Martha from long term pneumonia causing brain damage. Many are the nasty things that can happen to our brains. I hope your tests just tell you to keep riding and thinking.

  3. I have heard of so many people still feeling the effects of Covid with fatigue and brain fog. Is it totally dependent on the person as to how long it lasts? Or is that part of the research that still needs to be done? Do Bear and Teddy catch on when you don’t seem yourself? So many questions…I apologize.

    • Don’t apologize. This is a real thing and the more we share with others the better, I think. I don’t think they know why some people even get Covid and others never (so far) do.

      The long Covid is a lot more common than I thought. Considering that a lot of people (like me) never even report having Covid, though I told my doc, it might be even more than 43%. My theory is that people like me with some kind of other condition (Triad Asthma in my case, which is a chronic inflammation) might be more prone than others. Some people I know have residual symptoms like no sense of smell. I think it’s totally possible that everyone who gets it has some little glitch from it.

    • Thank you Beth. These beans have been so incredible (again). In my FB memories are photos of the seeds from the first plant I grew. Nature’s clock in action. And these seeds came from Cao Xue Qin. ❤

  4. I hope all will gather together again Martha. I haven’t had Covid but I have symptoms but mine are from aging I reckon. Thanks for joining in 🙂 🙂

  5. I wonder if the Covid brain fog is the same as chemo-induced brain fog. Fog is the perfect operative word — you just can’t think under clear skies, but have to see through the fog to find the sunshine. I hope it resolves soon, so you can feel comfortable with winter weather activities! Talking of which — I now see the PA in 3 months, and the oncologist in 6 months — Yay!

    • That’s very good news!!!

      My brain fog “works” this way. Concentration is difficult, which means once in a while I can’t remember what I just did. Mostly my brain just feels like it’s done all it can. It’s sometimes hard to concentrate on something like an article but I’ve noticed that if it’s something I’m interested in it’s not such a problem. Mostly it’s a kind of brain fatigue at this point. When I was sick, it was another story. I don’t know if this is what you felt under chemo.

      • Yes, it is good news. I think the brain fog works more or less the same way — I just get to a point that I don’t think clearly — some days better than others, but if I need to really concentrate and understand, it’s often difficult and my comprehension isn’t quite normal!

          • The only other issue that remains from the chemo is a mild form of neuropathy, mostly in my feet and a little in my hands. It doesn’t really bother me — just feels a little weird sometimes. II think the brain fog might actually be something like a neuropathy of the brain ~ ~ ~ My veins have always been difficult, but several times since chemo they couldn’t draw blood at all — last week, they were able to go right in and get the sample they needed. Part of that is that I was pretty well hydrated because a) I knew it would help, and b) it was so hot that I was drinking gallons of water. The brain fog seems to have lessened at the same time — for me, probably a vascular effect of the chemo.

            • Very interesting The neuropathy is a Covid thing, too. It’s improving but it’s still there. Vitamin B seems to help. Generally speaking, I have found drinking water is a big help for both. It’s worse in the morning when I am naturally less hydrated.

              • It is said that it takes about a year to get over “covid brain”. I am now a year after from the last chemo, and the fog has pretty much disappeared unless I am pretty tired in general. It sounds like chemo and covid have similar effects on the vascular system — I hope they have similar healing patterns — how interesting! I am headed to the pharmacy for the new covid shot next week — my 6th shot. I hope it continues to do its thing as well as it has in the past!

                  • I think my greatest concern about covid has been that we don’t know what its long-term effects might be. I believe my MIL had Parkinson’s Disease as a result of the last pandemic (flu). It may have been a blessing that I went through chemo during pandemic isolation! I’m glad yours wasn’t worse! Have a great day in the “big empty” tomorrow! ❤ !

  6. Brain fog is now a way of life for me and I’ve never had COVID. I hate to think it would be even worse if I did.

    Kaiser has the Omicron vaccine out. I think I’ll get it along with the flu shot. The next day should be fun.

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