Long COVID Risk

The Logical Heart Knows Best

People are behaving as if the pandemic is over? It’s alarming to me because my life has changed drastically because of Long COVID. Here I am, over 27 months later, still sick. Anyone can end up with Long COVID. You can have an asymptomatic COVID-19 infection and still suffer from long COVID. There are millions coping with long COVID. It can debilitate and devastate.

There have always been mysterious post-acute sequelae after outbreaks. We’ve known about them for hundreds of years, but they dismissed the illnesses as being psychological, or mass hysteria. Because they could not figure out the cause, it was easier to blame it on the mind, “It’s all in their heads,” they can’t be physically ill because we can’t find any abnormal test results that confirm they’re sick.

Thankfully, we are being believed more often these days, but it hasn’t been easy. Marginalized and neglected, we, with these chronic, invisible illnesses while being disabled and depleted, have to fight to get help. It’s less costly to dismiss illness and blame the person who’s ill, saying they’re not really sick instead of funding research, approving disability, and supporting us (unless they think it would be profitable cue big pharma). Plus, it’s hard for medical professionals to admit they don’t know what your illness is or how to cure it. Instead, they dismiss it as a psychological issue, telling us it’s anxiety or depression.

Yes, it probably is anxiety and depression too, secondary to being physically ill and no one believing us and we can’t get help. That’s what happened with ME/CFS until recently. The standard treatment was CBT and graded exercise, which was of little help and actually exercise exacerbates symptoms.

My concern is that people are not factoring in the risk of long COVID when going out and about. I mask up with KN95 and keep my distance because I am living with the consequences of being infected during the first wave. I don’t know if I’ll ever get back to healthy again? I don’t want others to end up with long COVID like me.

Please consider that you can be the healthiest of people and still get sick and be sick for years. We don’t know exactly who will get long COVID, so why not play it safer? Get vaccinated and boosted. Wear a mask and keep your distance. And keep your immune system healthy by eating whole foods plants, exercising, and getting adequate sleep, leisure, connection, and pleasure, while prioritizing your holistic well-being. Live fully by being present and savoring what matters most to your soul in life. LOVE ♡

To take the high road, you must get yourself to the solid ground of the logical heart first. This begins with you and your relationship with yourself. I can help empower you to choose what’s most loving of YOU.

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Michelle Miyagi
Hi! I was an RN, BSN in mental/behavioral health for 27 years. Now I'm helping empower caring people like me to prioritize themselves by maintaining healthier boundaries for more freedom, peace, and joy. I am also active in Long Covid advocacy.

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