Long haulers

This weekend I had the extreme pleasure of having a horrible stomach virus. It was fast and furious and I was exhausted by the time it was over. It was so bad, and I was so weak and dehydrated at the end that I actually fainted into a trash can!! But here’s the good thing. It was pretty much over in 12 hours time.

But what if it lasted longer? What if it lasted a lot longer?

And so, now I’m speaking of the “long haulers” who have “recovered” from Covid-19, but still have debilitating symptoms. I couldn’t imagine living with disability from a virus that lasted weeks and even months. I feel like I barely survived my 12 hour stomach virus! I don’t know that I would have the courage to endure weeks and months of illness that kept me down. I found 2 stories on the internet that were especially scary.

The first involved Michelle Sogge from Arizona who was 25, and healthy and happy and active when she contracted Covid. Her long haul involved fatigue and chest pain that lasted months past her “recovery.” It was so bad she had to crawl across the room to answer the front door. Another case in Michigan involved Gloris Vettese who in addition to fatigue had to endure ringing in her ears for weeks on end. Can you imagine that? How frustrating of a torture that would be. She had to treat this by leaving the TV on low constantly to combat the noise in her ears.

I guess where I’m going with this is the same place we’ve been for months. Wear your freakin’ mask! It’s not that difficult. I was in the grocery store just this past week with a stupid lady prancing up and down the aisles with no mask, and you could tell from her face that she was itching for someone to question her about it. The angry, intelligent part of me wants to hope that she gets Covid and dies. It would serve her right. Especially this far into it, but I know that Jesus would want me to forgive her and hope that one day she sees the light before she has to crawl across the floor with incredible chest pain hoping and praying that the ringing in her ears will stop one day.

Thank you for reading my 62nd blog.

Mark Inglis

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