October 23rd, 2021 - By Patrick T. McBriarty
I contracted Covid in March of 2020. I was never hospitalized but I experienced four weeks of fatigue, difficulty breathing, tightness in my chest, malaise, exhaustion, brain fog, and a complete loss of productivity.
I am a 57-year-old writer and athlete. Feeling better, I got back on my road bike and four weeks later had logged 520-miles. Then BAMM! With no warning—on May 15, 2020—Covid returned and laid me out. Month after month I struggled to manage life’s basics, occasionally able to accomplish some half-days of work. Read More
September 21st, 2021 - By Patrick T. McBriarty
Just before midnight three Monday ‘s ago I awoke — not with the realization of society’s systemic racism, but as basic and personal. I was struggling to breathe alone in bed (so no cops were involved). This had happened once before 18-months ago. After a few minutes of deep breathing assessing my body and calming my mind I contemplated what to do. The tightness in my chest and constricted feeling at the back of my throat made breathing a conscious effort. Read More
March 10th, 2021 - By Patrick T. McBriarty
My frustration now has a new focus. The crying shame of the U.S. medical establishment’s resistance to recognize the value of Ivermectin as a remedy to mild, severe, and long-Covid-19 symptoms — particularly as huge segments of the population wait for vaccines and continue to get sick or die.
There is a lot of good information to share
with doctors about Ivermectin. Certainly, IVM may not work for everyone, but with little or no side effects and potential upside against Covid-19 why not try it? Read More
March 9th, 2021 - By Patrick T. McBriarty
Fast approaching a year of dealing with Covid I am finally starting to feel better thanks to a friend of a friend and a Nobel prize winning substance, known in medical shorthand as IVM. My journey is not over, but IVM has offered a major path to recovery which has been thwarted from the start
. This is my story…
Mid-morning on March 23, 2020, I was knocked down with fatigue, slept for 2-1/2 hours and awoke to a growing malaise and brain fog. Read More
January 17th, 2021 - By Patrick T. McBriarty
So, I’ve been hoping for the energy, ambition, and a conclusion to write this. Instead thoughts, sporadic notes, and an initial draft in October marinated. The last few months repeating my experience to friends finally prompted me to follow-up to my previous two posts from 2020. The short story is I am still not fully recovered after eleven months.
The past year started nice enough with several warm days to ride outside in January, which was unusual for Chicago. At the end of
February, I traveled to Tucson for a training camp with the Johnny Sprockets Cycling Team
and returned March 6th. Read More
May 4th, 2020 - By Patrick T. McBriarty
So, if you read my last blog post
you already know my experience getting knocked down with Coronavirus (now officially, SARS-Cov-2). My original reaction to Corona hit on Monday, March 23 with serious fatigue. I found out later from a doctor’s comment it was symptomatic of becoming hypoxic – like the altitude-sickness experienced by mountain climbers. However, they plan and train for it as part of the climb. I was in my third-floor condo on the couch, a mere 620-feet above sea-level. Read More
March 30th, 2020 - By Patrick T. McBriarty
I am not going to get all “soap-boxy” about what should have been done to combat this pandemic. Plenty of that can be found elsewhere, but suffice it to say face masks are a good idea
. In Czech Republic they have used them quite successfully
to curb the spread of the Coronoavirus (COVID-19).
In my case, I believe (without readily available tests, still unconfirmed) I came down with Coronavirus last Monday (3/16). I have no idea where or how I got it. Read More
March 17th, 2020 - By Patrick T. McBriarty
So New Year’s Resolutions . . . Have you broken yours yet? So far, I’ve both broken and mostly stuck to mine, as we humans love contradictions.
Normally I am not a New Year’s Resolution kind of guy, but this year I felt the need for something different. I had been cycling the last couple years with a group that became a team with uniforms, sponsors, and an executive board last fall. Composed of late-20s and mostly 30ish-year-old riders I enjoy trying to keep up. Read More
January 8th, 2020 - By Patrick T. McBriarty
HAPPY NEW YEAR and 2020 no less!
It’s hard to believe an entire decade has just slipped by. Reminds me of shampoo. Not the 1975 movie with Warren Beatty. Of course, now I have completely dated myself, even though I did not see it in the theater, rather on TV a few years later. Anyway my point was, losing a decade is like shampoo because it slowly sneaks up on you, using a little each day, then seemingly all of a sudden… Bam! Read More
September 24th, 2019 - By Patrick T. McBriarty
Three weeks ago, relief at arriving in sweet home Chicago turned to frustration and boiled over into anger. I was traveling light, without checked luggage, just a carryon, so you’d think getting home should have been easy, right? Sure, my tolerance for foolishness was not high having awakened at 6 am in Germany (11pm CST) for a 2-1/2 hour train ride and nine-hour flight to Chicago. Landing at O’Hare I was excited to be almost home – or so I thought. Read More