It feels like yet another new era.
We all, globally, went from our local cultural 'norms', in and out of various stages of the pandemic.
Now, as many here in the United States are vaccinated, and many areas reopening in modified yet much more 'normal' ways, other parts of the world are still - or again - under siege of this virus - there is an aspect to Covid that has not, and may never go away for some of us.
It was November 2019, and I couldn't think, or breathe, or move, or sleep. Certain that it was the worst flu in history, I was relieved when after two of the longest weeks of my life, I finally started to feel better. I was still exhausted, every limb feeling like dead weight, my breathing still labored, but I could function. A simple drive to the grocery store, wore me out so fully, that I was dragging myself up the stairs, and could not carry the groceries up with me. By January, my heart was exhibiting distress, and it just seemed like one thing after another. Fast forward several months to when it became clear that I had had Covid-19 and was experiencing several of the residual effects. Some folks were quick to correct me that I must be mistaken because Covid started in the States, as of January 2020 - that is until the official reports came out that the CDC had confirmed that cases did indeed begin in November but were misdiagnosed at the time, since no one knew to test for Coronavirus at that point. Given that Covid can easily be fatal, I was of course, beyond fortunate. By now, numerous articles swarm the internet about an array of post-Covid experiences. The symptoms vary from mildly irritating, to fully debilitating. Medical tests and scans show instances of damage to vital organs such as the lungs and heart, and in other folks the residuals are more neuro focused, with senses being affected as well as memory and cognitive skills.
Personally, I still have days where I can barely move or even stand, muscles heavy, joints locked. Some days my mental fog is so dense that it is impossible to think, remember, or comprehend through it. There are varying other challenges that I have now that I did not prior to. As with everyone post-Covid, there is no way to know if these issues are correctable, simply lingering, or permanent as my new 'normal'. They come and go and even when they go, there is no way to know if they will stay away.
I share all this because in recent reflection on my craft, I realized how much impact Covid had on my magic over this past year plus. Knowing that other practioners have gone through (and may still be going through) similar, it is my hope that by sharing my experiences, and the tips I have developed to work around these challenges, it can be of help to others. These tips can hopefully be helpful to those having the same or similar experiences, no matter the cause.
Masks are still mandated in many areas, at least in certain circumstances which will continue (ie medical offices will require them in most areas even once they are not mandated in stores or outside). They have proven to not just help amidst Covid, but also cut down on cold and flus this past year as well as limiting allergies.
The mask shown at the top of the blog is made by artist Mickie Mueller and can be purchased in her Etsy shop (click here). She also offers other beautifully magical designs as well. Image used with gracious permission from the artist.
With blessings of healing and rejuvenation to us all,