Fully Vaccinated: Life on the Other Side of the Virus

After a crazy day, I somehow managed to get to my vaccine appointment.  I received the second dose of the Moderna vaccine this afternoon.  In honor of Earth Day, my husband and I decided that we would walk the mile and a half each way to and from the vaccine clinic.  It was a lovely day when we headed, although we did end up getting rained on for the walk back home but I didn’t mind a bit.

The vaccine clinic moved a lot faster today as compared to when I received my first dose a month ago at the same place.  They have really streamlined the process.  I got there ten minutes early for a 2 pm appointment and received my shot at 1:55 pm.  I was required to sit there for fifteen minutes to monitor for any possible side effects, then I was cleared to leave.  I walked out at 2:10 and had the rest of the day to myself.  My husband also got vaccinated at the same time as me.  When the nurse initially approached me to administer the vaccine, I told her that I write a blog and would very much like a picture or two to add.  To my surprise she excitedly agreed and had her partner take some photos for us.  Not all medical staff have been quite as enthused as this nurse was and honestly she made my day by being so compliant with my silly little request.  All-in-all, the entire process was quite pleasant.

Now that I am fully vaccinated, things can start to change in my life.  I’ve not been able to leave my house for anything other than medical appointments and grocery shopping.  For the last year I have had to live in fear of a virus that could and likely would end my life if I contract it.  I watched my friend die of Covid at the end of last year and the fear of it happening to me has never left my mind.  Rest in peace Brandi!  I have patiently waited for the opportunity to get vaccinated in the hopes that I can get my life back together.  I want to go back to work (probably just part-time) and be able to go out to a restaurant with my children without fear the fear of Coronavirus looming so near.  I want my children to be able to go back to in-person learning at their schools and participate in after school functions and sports.  Is that too much to ask?

My walk to and from my appointment today have really worn me out.  I was already fighting a bladder pain flare from Hell.  It’s been going strong for 4 days already.  I walked regardless of my pain.  In the past, exercise has been a form of pain relief for me and I’m really trying to get back to that level of activity again.  Now that I am home, I am curled up with a heating pad on my abdomen and I am thoroughly medicated with a feeling of accomplishment for all that I managed to get done today.

Stay strong autoimmune warriors and friends and family!  Love and light now and always!

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