"Before the pandemic, I was a law student who spent my weekdays studying for
long hours and my weekends hiking or cycling. When I developed COVID-19
symptoms in late March 2020, my case was mild, initially, as was the case for
most healthy young people.
But then I never got better. The sore throat never went away, and the shortness
of breath and fatigue would get better only to get worse again. I spent the
first year of the pandemic getting sicker and sicker, until I became mostly
housebound, unable to walk around the block, and unable to sit up or think
straight for long enough to hold down a job or continue my coursework.
Desperate for help, I was passed from doctor to doctor. I saw an ear, nose and
throat specialist, multiple internists, a rheumatologist, a dermatologist and a
neurologist, often waiting months between appointments. Each ruled out familiar
illnesses within their specialty, then quickly passed me along to someone else.
For the most part, they were sympathetic — but they also saw someone very sick
who they didn’t know how to help.
I felt like I was in free fall, desperately reaching for something to slow my
descent, but with my hands grasping at thin air. One by one, I said goodbye to
the pieces of my old life — coursework, exercise, time with friends, my ability
to live independently — until all that was left was spending almost all day and
night horizontal, occasionally sitting up for food or drink, or standing to
walk to the bathroom. It’s hard to appreciate how much energy breathing takes
until you’ve experienced the bone-deep fatigue that makes you acutely aware of
the effort to expand your ribcage for each breath."
Via Cass M, who wrote "Part of why interest rates as a response to inflation is
just wrong. Rising wages are related to lack of workers, either deceased or ill
long term. Rising prices are due to shortage and profiteering by corporations.
Central banks may have the ‘job’ to protect business but governments have the
job to protect citizens from business."
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics