Current Supplement Stack (Summer 2021) + Ideas for You!

Current Supplement Stack (Summer 2021) + Ideas for You!

I have been a supplement junkie for some time now. As good or bad as that may be-it just is what it is.

Over the years, I have taken many different supplements that I thought would help various physical and mental things. Some of them helped, possibly helped, didn’t help at all or made things worse.

Since I switch up the things that I am taking on a semi-regular basis, I decided to do a post on my current stack!

Getting into supplements

What got me into researching and taking supplements was reading about the benefits of different types of herbs at my local library. There were a lot of books on them and I just found it all so interesting. This led me to eventually reading about vitamins, minerals and antioxidants as well.

It wasn’t until sometime in college ( about four years later), that I actually began taking supplements. The first one I ever took was vitamin B Complex. This was recommended to me by the therapist I was seeing at the time. She said that it may help with my mood so I rushed out to get it!

The vitamin B Complex gave me a noticeable mood boost plus a little bit of physical energy. I took them daily for a while but then stopped.

After I really started getting into fitness, I became interested in supplements that were marketed for fat loss and physical performance during exercise. I tried quite a few different products by different brands.

After using the fat loss and physical performance products for a while, I began to get interested in supplements that could possibly extend my life. I then dropped the other supplements and started taking these ones.

I eventually slowed down on taking supplements to where I was only taking one or two daily. That all ended when the pandemic started. I was (and still am!) terrified of this virus so I started taking things that I thought would help prevent and treat it if I got it again.

My current supplement stack

I dealt with post-COVID symptoms for a long time. I am not sure if all of the supplements helped or if time did. Since I got my Moderna shots and started to feel back to normal, I changed around what I take.

Here are is what I take now and why (will also include OTC medications):

  • 6,000 IUs of Vitamin D3- I take this to hopefully boost my immune system, treat a deficiency I may have and to help out my bones.
  • 1,000 mg of Vitamin C- I take this just for the antioxidant benefit.
  • 100 mg of CoQ10- I take this for the heart and blood pressure lowering benefits.
  • 1000 mcg of B12- I first began taking this to help with some post-COVID issues such as tinnitus, possible nerve issues and my mood. I don’t know if it has actually helped me but I will continue to take it anyway as it is not hurting me. The one I take is time-release because those don’t hurt my stomach at all.
  • 50 mg of B6- I take this because it is great for women’s health- PMS in particular. I do notice a difference when it comes to breast pain leading up to my period.
  • SuperGreen Tea Immunity- I drink three cups of this a day for the immune system benefits.
  • 1,100 mg of ginger- This is for my stomach issues but I honestly don’t think it really helps. After this container I might not buy anymore and just get ginger from the tea I drink.
  • Tummy Tuneup probiotics- I take these probiotics to help out my gut. I will be doing a review on them soon.
  • 40 mg of Pepcid- This is for my Mast Cell issue. It is to help my GERD and GI issues.
  • 5-10 mg of Claritin- This is also for my Mast Cell issue. Taking this has really helped with pain, itching and hives that I get frequently.
  • 1 cup of Welch’s Grape juice- My family and I drink this everyday to prevent stomach viruses. We have been doing this for years after reading about it on a parenting blog.
  • 1 Brazil nut- I take this to meet my daily selenium requirements. I take this because it could possibly help with PCOS. After I finish the bag of nuts, I will probably not buy anymore as it really isn’t necessary.

If you are reading this and have kids, I thought you would be interested in reading what I give to my son. The following are what he gets on a daily basis:

  • Echinacea syrup- I just started giving this to him in hopes that it will boost his immune system. He loves the taste and takes it straight but other kids would probably do better with it mixed into their drinks. I give him 30 drops a day.
  • Smarty Pants vitamin gummies- My son absolutely loves these! They are packed with a blend of great vitamins and also include omega-3s.
  • 1 packet of Culturelle Probiotic powder- I mix this into my son’s juice in hopes that it will help his gut and immune system.
  • 1/2 tsp of liquid colostrum- I mix this into my son’s juice in hopes that it will help his immune system.

Some ideas for you

I do realize that it is best to get all your nutrients from food. It can be hard to do so however. Plus, I think some people need extra of certain ones than others do.

The following are some delicious foods that you can eat on a regular basis to get some of the nutrients that I take:

  • Omelets with mushrooms-This gives you a good amount of vitamin D, B vitamins, selenium and more.
  • Regular yogurt with fresh or frozen strawberries- This gives you some good probiotics for your gut along with vitamin C and CoQ10 from the strawberries.
  • Chicken and lentils- Recipes using these two ingredients will provide a lot of B vitamin goodness! This Moroccan chicken and lentils recipe is a good one to try.
  • Ginger tea- Instead of buying capsules, you can make tea using fresh ginger. Just slice some up and boil it on the stovetop. You can add honey to it if you want. This drink may help with things like nausea, cold symptoms and possibly menstrual cramps.

So, there it is!

This is what I am taking right now. I will probably make some changes to my stack but most of it will always be there.

Do you take any supplements? If so, which ones?

Thanks for reading!

#supplements #health #fitness #womenshealth #covid19 #supplementstack #immunesystem

*Disclaimer: I am not a doctor, so therefore I am not here to diagnose and treat anyone. These are just supplements I have made the decision to use. Always consult with your doctor if you want to start taking supplements.

*I have linked affiliate products on this blog post. This means that if you click on them and make a purchase, I will get some money out of it.

My Post-COVID Adventures: How I Am Doing

My Post-COVID Adventures: How I Am Doing

After having a 12 day bout of COVID early on in the pandemic, I suffered for months with uncomfortable symptoms. They all ranged in severity, frequency and prominence.

Bottom line- it was not fun! Read on if you want to know how I am doing now.

The acute phase of my COVID infection

It all started in late February. I started getting these waves of really mild aches in my body- so light that I didn’t know if it was actually something or nothing. This was eventually accompanied by some teeth pressure a few hours later.

Not only did I think/know I was getting sick, I also had this dark and ominous feeling. Like some kind of horrible shift was going to happen in life. This feeling occurred before I even read about COVID. I don’t know where it came from.

My symptoms began to progress after about two days. The aches worsened and other discomforts came along. The following are all of the symptoms that I dealt with:

  • Body aches
  • Stomach cramps/nausea
  • No appetite
  • Things didn’t taste right or good
  • Stuffed up and runny nose
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Lightheadedness
  • Sometimes scratchy/tickly throat
  • Chills with no fever
  • High heart rate (at the end of the acute phase)

I don’t know if all of this would be considered a mild or moderate infection but it definitely was not fun. I didn’t think I was going to die like I did when I had Influenza type A though. That was horrific to say the least.

I was so lucky that my husband was happily doing all of the cares for our son during the time I was sick. Neither of them ever got sick from me and I believe it is because they already had it. Or maybe they were just lucky?

After recovering from the acute phase-I was so happy to be back to feeling like myself again. Little did I know that things would get weird for me in a week or so.

My post-COVID adventures

About a week after recovering, I started noticing that my chest didn’t feel right. It was really tight and like someone was sitting on it. This confused and scared me.

After a couple days of the tight chest, a whole slew of other symptoms came into the mix. When it comes to typing out all of these symptoms, I organize them by acute and chronic. This is due to part of my post-COVID experience being much worse.

So without further ado, here are all of the lovely things I have dealt with after having COVID-19:

The acute phase(end of March-September)-

  • Bad ear aches*
  • Shortness of breath*
  • chills with no fever*
  • Clogged ears
  • Popping in ears
  • Tinnitus
  • Insomnia
  • Adrenalin rushes when drifting off to sleep*
  • Increased heart rate
  • Sweaty feet
  • Bouts of pink eye
  • Itchy eyes and eye lids
  • Rashes
  • Mottled skin
  • Feeling cold in hot weather
  • Weight loss
  • Headaches
  • Incontinence
  • Lightheadedness and dizziness
  • Tickly or scratchy throat
  • Chest pain*
  • Post nasal drip
  • Itchy nose
  • Runny nose

The chronic phase (October and on)-

  • Stomach pains
  • Elevated temperature when taken at my neck glands
  • Chest pain*
  • Headaches*
  • Bouts of shortness of breath
  • Itchy nose
  • Post nasal drip
  • Tinnitus
  • Tickly or scratchy throat

The symptoms I listed for each phase were not constant and at the same time. They were frequent enough (especially in the acute phase) to be quite bothersome in my daily life. The ones with the asterisks by them were the worst ones for me during the phases.

In February and March, I got vaccinated (Moderna). My second shot led to me feeling as if I had gotten COVID all over again except with even worse body aches. It was really upsetting to me and I actually cried a couple times because I thought I took big steps back in my recovery.

How I am doing now

About 12 days after my Moderna, I felt so much better and it has continued on. It has been amazing!. I thought that I was going to be stuck with the rough side effects forever.

The chest pains were the worst part of my post-COVID adventures and I was so glad that they went away-and have stayed away!

The one thing I have had since mid March has been some bouts of shortness of breath the day before my period starts. That is the only time it happens though so I am happy about that. Before, it was at least every other day where I had bouts of it.

The vaccine has been helping some people with post-COVID symptoms get better but I am not sure if that is what helped me or if it was just time. I have the same feeling when it comes to whether all of the supplements I was taking helped me.

What you can do if you are suffering

If you have recovered from a COVID-19 infection and are experiencing some unpleasant symptoms, you are not alone. Many people are complaining of lingering symptoms after the acute phase of their infection.

All viruses have the potential to cause lasting damage but it seems that it is more likely with COVID-19.

The unfortunate thing is that there is no known cure or good treatment that we know of yet for post-COVID syndrome. Scientists and medical researchers are still looking into all of this.

The following are some things that you can do if you are suffering:

  • Contact a doctor: It is a good idea to get in touch with a doctor and explain your symptoms to them. They can take a look at various things, run some tests and come up with a plan for you if something is found. If a doctor is not listening to you and tries to brush your suffering, think about contacting another doctor that may listen to you.
  • Reach out to family and friends: It is important to have some social support during your rough patch. If you have good people in your life, call/text/Zoom them once in a while.
  • Join support groups: There are quite a few support groups for people suffering from lasting effects of the virus. If you find yourself having a rough time mentally when part of a group, it is best to stop visiting it for a while. You don’t need another bad thing on your plate.
  • Breathing exercises: If you are having shortness of breath, it may be a good idea to look into the various breathing exercises out there. These can help so much if this is one of your post-COVID struggles.
  • Pacing yourself: For some people, doing too much may make the symptoms worse. Everyone has a different definition of “too much” so it is important to figure out what makes your body tick and don’t push it too far past that.
  • Try to get some physical movement in: Even though you should practice pacing yourself, you should still move around a little bit. This means getting up once in a while if you are dealing with bad fatigue. Work those limbs a bit.
  • Have a nourishing diet if you can: It is really important to get most of the necessary nutrients this way. Eating a lot of low nutrient food may make things worse for you.

When it comes to taking supplements or other OTC things, it may be important to check with your doctor first. If you don’t want to do that, make sure to do a lot of research on what you are considering taking.

What you can do if you know someone who is suffering

If there is someone in your life that is suffering from post-COVID symptoms, try to provide some support to them. Having chronic health issues can do a number on one mentally so it is a good idea to reach out once in a while.

Other things you can do for them include dropping off groceries, picking up medications, setting their mail inside the door and more. Doing these acts of kindness are likely to be much appreciated.

Just think about how you would want to be treated if you were suffering with the after effects of COVID-19 and treat them that way too.

So, this is my current story

I am doing very well right now health wise in regards to my post-COVID symptoms. A flare up of them is always possible though. Fortunately, I have gained the tools necessary to get on the other side of any rough patches that occur.

Are you or anyone you know suffering with post-COVID symptoms? I would be really interested to read about it.

Thanks for reading!

#covid19 #covidlonghaulers #postviral #viriology #coldandflu #conqueringthislife #immunesystem #symptoms #supplements

My Moderna Experience: The Whole Story

My Moderna Experience: The Whole Story

I know that people have strong opinions on both sides of the argument on whether the vaccine is safe to take or not. For me, getting the vaccine was necessary. Please know that I support everyone’s standpoint and believe that they should make their own decision when it comes to getting it.

All that being said, I would like to provide my full experience of getting the Moderna vaccine shots just in case someone is interested.

A little bit about the Moderna vaccine

Before I go into my experience, I wanted to list a few things that may be good to know about Moderna. They are as follows:

  • It does not contain the actual virus but has the spike protein that is on the surface of the virus.
  • To be fully vaccinated, you need two shots that are administered 28 days apart. Two weeks after the second shot is when one is considered protected.
  • Its efficacy rate is 94.1%.
  • You should avoid taking Tylenol right before and shortly after the shots because this may reduce how well the vaccine works in you.
  • There have been allergic reactions reported so one should look up the ingredients and see if they have an allergy to any of them.
  • You need to stay in an observation room for 15-30 minutes after getting each shot just in case you develop an allergic reaction.
  • The side effects may include pain/swelling at the injection site, fatigue, body aches, headaches, fever, chills, nausea, dizziness, metallic taste in the mouth, dry mouth and increased urinary frequency.
  • Side effects are usually worse after the second shot.

More about the vaccines can be found on multiple websites.

My first shot

I was extremely nervous before going in to get my first shot. This was because of all the bad things that have been said about these vaccines (too new, rushed, dangerous, unknown long term effects etc.).

I was worried that I was going to be one of the people to have a horrible reaction and die or something like that. This ended up causing me to completely freak out and cry uncontrollably in the car outside of the building. Another reason why I was nervous was because of the risk of possibly catching COVID-19 from others in the building.

I almost ended up missing my shot altogether because I was crying so much in the car. One of the nurses called me though and told me that there was still time.

So I wiped my tears and entered the building!

I was still shaking a bit so I had a bit of a hard time filling out the sheet on the clipboard. One of the staff members was looking at me funny so my discomfort must have been visible.

When it was my turn, I just sat down and got the shot. I was surprised that I did not feel the needle at all. The flu shot is way worse for me as far as needle pain goes.

A couple minutes after getting in the observation room, I felt a strange high-like feeling. My heart rate also increased. I almost went up to the staff member in the room and told him that I was feeling weird but I decided to ride it out.

After 15 minutes were up, I departed back to my car. My heart was no longer racing at that point and I felt a sense of peace that I had gone through with it after all.

Pain in my arm started a couple hours after getting home and it was pretty uncomfortable. I waited until the next day to take Tylenol so as not to reduce the efficacy of the vaccine.

The pain did get even worse but Tylenol worked well for me. My husband told me to massage the area and this helped with the pain as well.

The arm pain lasted about three days and then went away.

I also had some bad pains in my legs that would occur when seated Indian style. At the time I thought that I had pulled something but now looking back on it, I believe that it was part of my body’s response to the vaccine. This lasted about four days.

The last thing I noticed that happened to me between the first and second shot was that of my hunger being greatly increased. It was downright uncontrollable. I basically had to give up intermittent fasting for many days because I just could not handle the sheer intensity of the hunger.

Like the leg pain, I did not connect the vaccine and the hunger together at the time. When I think about it now, I am pretty sure the vaccine is what caused this hunger shift. It might have messed with my blood sugar or something.

The hunger thing seemed to last up until my second shot and I am glad I only gained 2 pounds (it is gone now).

My second shot

I was nervous to go in for my second shot because I knew that the last shot could lead to worse symptoms than the first one. This time though, I did not have a mental breakdown before I went into the building.

There were only three other people getting their shots at the same time as I was. This was nice and made me feel a little safer.

I just sat down for the painless shot and went to the observation room.

After a couple minutes in the room, I began to have that high-like feeling again. My heart rate also increased. This time I was not very worried and just rode it out like the last time.

The arm pain did not start up for the rest of the night. I did get a little the next day but it was nothing I needed Tylenol for this time.

I did however start to get flu-like symptoms. They began as mild aches, some chills once in a while and a slight headache. These symptoms eventually got worse, with nausea and a fever coming into play as well.

It was not fun at all. I ended up having to take a Tylenol because the body aches were so bad and my fever got up to 101.3. It was confusing to me because I actually felt worse than when I did when I had COVID-19.

The yucky flu feelings lasted for about 2.5 days which was good. After that though, my heart rate increased by a lot and I also began to have a lot of shortness of breath. This was reminiscent of when I had COVID-19 because I started experiencing those two things for months after “recovering.”

Unfortunately, the increased heart rate and shortness of breath went on for about 7 days after the 2.5 days of the “fake” flu. I could not workout very well and I was worried that I would never go back to normal.

I did eventually go back to my normal self though. As of right now I am feeling really good!

I really hope that the Moderna works to protect me against a reinfection- or at least a bad one. I am worried though about the variants that are popping up because scientists are saying that the vaccines have a reduced efficacy against them.

Would I go through the flu-like feelings, increased heart rate and shortness of breath again? Yes. COVID-19 is a bad virus to get. I do not want it again and would not wish it on anyone.

So there is my story!

There you have it- my full experience with the Moderna vaccine. I wanted to put it out in the world for there to be another story to read about in regards to how the vaccine effected someone.

If any of you have further questions about my experience, please do not hesitate to ask me. I am an open book on it.

As always, thank you for reading!

#modernavaccine #covid19 #longhaulers #longcovid #health #symptoms

NAC Supplementation and COVID-19

NAC Supplementation and COVID-19

At this current time, there are very few proven treatments for COVID-19. There are even less for those that suffer from long-COVID (like, none).

Many people have turned to looking at readily available supplements and medications as a way to weather the storm of COVID-19 at home. NAC (n-acetyl-cystein) is one supplement that some talk about as possibly helping with symptoms related to the illness.

In this post, I will be discussing the usage of NAC for COVID-19 and my personal experience with it.

What NAC is

For a simple explanation, NAC is an antioxidant. It is the precursor to L-cysteine and glutathione ( an amino acid and an antioxidant). This means that when we supplement with it, our bodies then form the aforementioned two substances.

NAC is not found in foods- you have to get it in supplement form if you are going to take it.

NAC and COVID-19

There are said to be quite a few benefits that NAC has. Some of them have much stronger scientific evidence behind them.

Research has put lung benefits as one of the things that NAC has strong evidence for in regards to its effectiveness. As people well know, the novel virus can target our lungs causing coughs, mucus build-up and shortness of breath. For the aforementioned issues, NAC is said to possibly do the following things:

  • Protect the lungs from further tissue damage by way of the antioxidant activity it has.
  • Acts as a mucolytic (thins out mucus) so it gets out of your airways easier. This helps with coughs and shortness of breath.
  • Reduce inflammation in the lungs

Another thing that NAC is said to possibly treat is chest pain. This is something that can occur in the acute phase of a COVID infection and/or after recovery. NAC may relieve the symptoms due to its ability to reduce inflammation (which can be the cause of chest pain).

There have been a few studies done that looked at the use of NAC in the treatment of COVID-19 in hospitalized patients. Some good benefits were indeed shown but further research needs to be done.

NAC is readily available in supplement form by various brands. It can be found in tablets, capsules and powders. The recommended dosage is typically 1000-1200 mg a day.

It can also be inhaled (by way of a liquid solution) and given through an IV. The latter method obviously needs to be done in a hospital or clinical setting.

The anecdotal side of COVID-19 and NAC usage

On many forums and sites, there are people that talk about supplements during and after a COVID-19 infection. They give their experiences taking a variety of them and a lot of times recommend some to others.

NAC is one of the things that tends to come up a lot. The dosages that people take vary but the general consensus among many seems to be that it really is of benefit.

There are talks about it helping with coughs, reducing chest pressure, making breathing easier and alleviating chest pains. Because of this, people that have not taken it before become eager to start.

Just like with all supplements and medications, it may not help everyone. Some people were very disappointed that NAC did not alleviate their issues and rightfully so. COVID-19 sufferers just want to get better and feel back to their normal selves.

My Long-COVID journey and NAC

I used to take NAC years ago because my now-husband told me that it might help with my PCOS diagnosis. At that time I was taking 1200 mg without any issues. I eventually stopped for whatever reason.

A few years after that, I decided to try taking it again for the same reason. This time my stomach could not handle it. I tried taking it several times and without fail- I got sick each time.

Fast forward to my long-COVID journey, I read that NAC may help with the shortness of breath and chest pressure/pain I was experiencing a lot of. I then decided to buy it in a desperate attempt to feel better.

I ended up buying a different brand and type of NAC than what I had bought all the other times in hopes that it would not cause nausea. I thought that maybe a time-released version of it would reduce the likelihood of getting sick.

Since a common dosage of NAC is 1200 mg, I decided to just go ahead and start off with that amount. That meant me taking two of the tablets a day.

I have been taking this type of NAC for months now. I honestly can say that it really has reduced the lung discomfort and chest pressure/pain. I still get it from time to time though but I do notice a big difference when I do not take it (it was out of stock when I needed more recently).

The best part is…no nausea!

Other benefits and side effects of NAC

There are other things that NAC may be of benefit for and the following is a list of some of them:

  • May help with liver functioning.
  • Proven to help with Tylenol poisoning.
  • May help with kidney issues.
  • May lower bad cholesterol levels.
  • May help reduce the damage that can come with heart attacks.
  • May help with mental health conditions such as anxiety and OCD.
  • May help with ovulation.
  • May help with liver damage.

There are some side effects that can occur when taking NAC and they are as follows:

  • GI issues
  • Rashes
  • Headaches
  • Itchy, stinging eyes

In conclusion

NAC has some positive things about it that may help with COVID-19 and the associated symptoms. More research needs to be done (and should be!) on it though.

If you are considering taking it, make sure to read up on it as much as you can before you buy it.

Have you taken NAC before? If so, what was your experience with it?

Thanks for reading!

#nac #supplements #jarrowsformulasupplements #covid19 #healthissues #longhauler #respiratory

My 1 Year COVID-19 Anniversary

My 1 Year COVID-19 Anniversary

My first year of COVID has now officially wrapped up. Unfortunately it has not stopped though as I am moving swiftly into my second year.

This post is all about how I am doing with my post-COVID “long-hauling.”

Brief history of my COVID-19 journey

It was March 3rd, 2020 when I first started showing symptoms of the COVID-19 virus. It began with chills and mild teeth aches. The next morning I woke up with a blocked nose, fatigue, mild body aches, lightheadedness, upset stomach and no appetite whatsoever.

It felt like the milder version of the influenza that I had gotten in 2019 where I literally thought I was going to die. I will never go without the influenza shot again!

I “recovered” from COVID-19 after about 10 days. It wasn’t until 1.5 weeks later where I started to exhibit some of the symptoms that are common to a lot of people after they have gone through COVID-19. The symptoms were skin, heart, mental, appetite, respiratory, ear/nose/throat and neurologically related.

These symptoms were things I experienced everyday for a long time until eventually they became less constant.

Where I am at now

For the past couple of months, I have been feeling really good for the most part. I still get a couple of the post-COVID symptoms (air hunger, numb/tingly foot and congestion) that pop up every now and again but I am still able to function very well.

At the time of typing this post, I have received my second dose of the Moderna vaccine. My arm is less sore this time (yay!) and I did have some flu-ish type feelings from it but I am still excited that I may be protected from a bad reinfection.

As far as supplement intake goes, I still do not know if they have helped me or if it has been just time that caused my healing. I did drop and add a couple things since my post about my supplement stack. Here is what I am currently taking:

  1. Colostrum liquid– This is may help the immune system. I take 1 tsp a day.
  2. Probiotics- For my immune system and gut.
  3. Zinc- For immune system. 50 mg per day.
  4. NAC- For lung function and PCOS. 1200 mg per day.
  5. Vitamin D3- For immune system. 6,000 IUs a day.
  6. Vitamin C- For immune system and antioxidant support. 1000 mg a day.
  7. Vitamin B12- For any nerve issues I may have. 1,000 mcg.
  8. Vitamin B6 with calcium- For PMS issues. 50 mg of B6/135 mg of calcium.
  9. Ginger- For digestion and immune system. 1,100 mg per day.
  10. Turmeric- For the anti-inflammatory benefits. Three tsps a day.
  11. Pepcid- This is for the bad GERD I get at night and it may have helped my chest aches. I will have to cycle off of it though because you are not supposed to take it long term apparently. I have been taking 40 mg a day.
  12. Kid’s Claritin- I just started taking this and it seems to help when I have congestion. I take 5 ml.
  13. Green tea- For the antioxidants and possible COVID-19 fighting benefits. I drink two to three cups a day.

Supplements I dropped:

  1. Oil of oregano- This didn’t seem necessary to me and my new bottle came rancid so I just never ordered anymore.
  2. CoQ10- I ran out of it and I just do not think it was doing anything for me.

What I may consider taking when I have more money: Beta Glucan. This is said to be wonderful for one’s immune system which I will need help with whenever I can start my home daycare back up!

My hopes going forward

I do have some specific hopes for me as well as the world in regards to COVID-19. They are as follows:

  1. I hope to get better and feel even closer to 100% normal by the end of 2021.
  2. I hope that I can feel better about going into public in the summer.
  3. I hope that I can feel better about my starting my home daycare business back up. I am not feeling good about it yet.
  4. I hope that anyone who wants the vaccine will get access to them as soon as possible.
  5. I hope that effective treatments for the virus are found so that people are kept out of the hospital and do not become Long-haulers.

Things could be much worse

I am lucky that I am able to function well as many people in the post-COVID support groups have a lot more health issues from their infections. It still really sucks that I have had to deal with these symptoms for one year though.

Right now, I will continue to take things one day at a time and try to remain optimistic that things will get better eventually.

Thanks for reading!

#covid19 #viriology #postcovid #longhaulers #symptoms #health #respiratory #gi #anniversary