I had hoped I wasn't going to have a long, lingering recovery after Covid 2.0, but I am having the same kind of exhaustion and breathing issues I had after Covid 1.0. Last time it took 10 months to feel like I was normal again. I really hope that is not what I have to look forward to this time. I am not eligible for a booster since I took Moderna and it was only in the summer. I am a little hesitant about the idea, having had it twice and having had such reactions to the vaccine, where I ended up in bed for 10 days after the first one and 11 days after the second one. I do need to get a flu shot, though, when I feel up to it.
My doctors are also hesitant about the idea of me ever getting boosters at this point, thinking it will do more harm than good. I don't go anywhere, really, anymore, since it hurts to walk. Basically just to all the doctors and I send DH to the grocery store. So it probably doesn't matter if I don't, unless they mandate you can't see medical personel unless you are boostered.
But enough talk about that. My garden is still producing tomatoes, patty pan squash, zucchini, and cucumbers. With no sign of frost, I'll just keep going. I don't think I mentioned, but we got 85 pounds of potatoes using the Ruth Stout method of gardening. It would have been 90 but there was some rodent damage and slug damage. Last year I think we got 90, but we planted twice as many potatoes as this year.
I managed to track down some Music, which is a hard-necked garlic that stores exceptionally well. I've been trying to get it for the last two years and it has always been sold out. I had to settle for conventionally grown, because organic was sold out, but I will grow it under organic conditions so when I harvest it next year I can save some for planting the following year, and after three years of that it is considered to be fully organic. I don't buy organic garlic at the store anyway, so that's not a deal breaker. It isn't generally sprayed since everything stays away from garlic and onions. With shipping it cost $26 for a pound, which is ouchy, but I'll never have to buy it again, so it is worth the investment for garlic that will store for a year and allow me to grow it in perpetuity.
I also want to plant some elephant garlic this fall, but I will just buy that from the grocery store since I don't want a pound of it. All I need is four bulbs and that should give me enough cloves to grow so that next year I can eat a couple and still have enough to replant. They are larger so there is typically around 6 cloves per bulb, so I should get 24 plants. And so on and so on, until they are fully organic. I plan on using the elephant garlic to make garlic powder or if I can figure out how, granulated garlic, since the latter tends not to stick.
I have not done much in the past couple of weeks. Mostly feeling miserable, so it was a good time to plan next year's garden. I did manage to get off the soda again. What an addiction that is to me. I keep going back to it, but sugar makes it take longer for you to get well when you are sick and honestly I just don't feel good when I eat or drink junk. I am fine with honey, but not even raw cane sugar. I have already lost weight being 4 days off.
I did make a great stir-fry the other day with soy free, gluten free oyster sauce and hoisin sauce, coconut aminos, honey, water, and corn starch for the sauce. It was the first time it felt like actual Chinese food again since we quit soy. The oyster sauce is actually made with real oysters. That's actually a rarity. But the saltiness that soy usually provides is replaced by oysters and it is amazing. And the soy free hoisin sauce was even more savory than regular. Stir-fries are definitely back on the menu. As long as I have the energy to cook them.
I had to cancel my physical therapy assessment because I woke up with a fever. It seems to have passed, but I really don't feel like doing pool therapy in bad weather either. They say it is an old wive's tail that going out in cold weather with wet hair makes you sick, but it happens every time I do it, so there you go.
Tomorrow is payday, so hopefully I will get a report up. I have to go to the bank, which I really don't want to do, but I'll have either DH or DS drive me, so I don't have to. I'm not in any shape to drive with what my back and hips are doing right now. The chiropractor was back this week after being gone for a week. The week he was gone was awful, as I subluxed pretty badly.
Even after three adjustments I am not doing so well. My tailbone turned pretty bad while he was gone and he's having a hard time getting back to where it should be. It's better, but it will probably take a couple more weeks to undo what one week without adjustments did to me. I wish he would stop taking these week long vacations. It's almost to the point of once a month now. That's when it's not two week long vacations. No one needs to go away ten times a year. Oh, well, at least I have a walker, because right now I can't even make it out to the car without it.