After what seems like the longest wait of my life, I got my first dose of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine. I have been on “lockdown” for the duration of this pandemic, due to the fact that I am immune-compromised. I’ve only been allowed to leave my house for the most necessary things such as groceries or medical care. I haven’t had a single thing on my calendar that was not related to my health or the health of my family. I have gone stir-crazy beyond recognition during the last 14 months and I have been looking forward to this vaccine as my only chance of returning to a “normal” life (if that even exists anymore!).
In the state of Washington, the vaccine is being released to different groups of people before others. My group just opened up on Monday and I was able to get an appointment by Wednesday. Unfortunately, I was unable to get my husband an appointment at the same time as he was not yet eligible. He was just happy that I was going to be vaccinated. He has worried incessantly about me catching this virus since he first heard of it. In the beginning of this pandemic, mainstream media kept reiterating that only those with “pre-existing conditions” are dying of this disease, and that catapulting his fear of losing me to a whole new level. Needless to say, he was over the moon with the fact that I got an appointment as quickly as I did.
The day of my appointment was a crazy day in my personal life, but I won’t go into that here. I had two other medical appointments that day and was due to remove the Holter monitor half an hour prior to my vaccine. By the time I got to the vaccine location I was already wore out! However, once I arrived at the location, I was greeted by the friendliest volunteers that I have ever encountered in a medical facility before. Every single one of them were donating their time and services. I was awe-struck by what I witnessed and so appreciative to be able to be there.
When the nurse got around to giving me my injection, she made me bleed! She felt terrible, but I reassured her that it is due to my diseases. She had me hold some pressure on it for a minute or so and then it was just fine. Within 5 to 10 minutes of the injection I got a headache. It was almost instantaneous. I wasn’t 100% sure that it had anything to do with the shot because I suffer from chronic migraines. I had to sit there for 15 minutes to make sure that I was not going to have any allergic reaction to the vaccine. I had no effects until an hour or so later. I had muscle aches, joint pain, headache, chills but no fever and I was fatigued but could not sleep. Basically, the shot put me into an autoimmune flare. For as bad as it was, I would endure it a thousand times worse to avoid the virus. Covid killed my friend and that is the reason that I got vaccinated. She had pre-existing conditions like me, so it still really hits home for me.
I’m now three days post-vaccine and no other issues have occurred for me so far. I had the flare for about 24 hours and that was it. I was able to get my husband approved and his appointment was yesterday. He did not fare as well as I have. He has had the headache, nausea, dizziness, fatigue, the taste of nickels in his mouth and he had a slight fever last night. His dizziness was bad enough that he took today off of work. Luckily he works for an amazing company and they had no problem with him taking an extra day off. Honestly, I just think that they are glad to have a vaccinated employee.
In the current atmosphere, there is much conversation and debate about this vaccine. I struggled with the decision for several months before I finally agreed. My husband was insistent on the issue from day one, but I took awhile longer to come around to the idea. Like I said, the loss of my friend had a lot to do with my change of heart, but some educational conversations with my specialists further convinced me. I will not use this platform to tell you what to do with your life and your health, but I will certainly share my experience with the world in the hopes that it helps them make their decision.
Stay safe everyone! Love and light now and always!