On Friday I received the 2nd of the 2 Pfizer vaccines, which means in 2 weeks I’ll be protected from serious illness/death and mostly protected from catching and transmitting the original strains and possibly substantially protected from the newer variants? The news changes every day.
The side effects of vaccine #2 are on a spectrum that ranges from nothing to two days of sickness. I ended up with a fever that lasted about 18 hours.
Friday, 11:30am – I receive the vaccine and the nurse tells me I’m good to go for about a year, because he thinks we’re going to need boosters. I’m fine with that. One year at a time.
Friday, 2pm – Sore arm.
Friday, 8pm – TIRED. I fall asleep on the sofa and drag to bed at 10pm.
Friday, 11pm – COLD! Shivering. Pull on two extra sweatshirts and an extra pair of socks.
Saturday, 3am – HOT! OMG so hot I’m on fire. Pull off a sweatshirt, shed socks. Take temperature, and it’s 100.8F. My normal is 97.5 (I’m cool like that) so this was a thing. I drink some water and go back to bed.
Saturday, all day – Fevery and tired. I eventually take a Tylenol to combat a headache which could very well have been from skipping my evening coffee. My temperature drops to 99.8. I hang on the sofa all day under a bunch of blankets and two dogs, dozing off and on.
Saturday, 5pm – I wake up, soaked in sweat and feeling fine! I get up, take a shower, and feel great. My arm is VERY sore.
Today – Back to normal. My arm feels bruised, but only occasionally. I do housework, eat normally, practice yoga, and am VERY relieved.
Overall it was a wild ride, but knowing that all of that crap would be over in a day or so helped immensely.
The first thing I’m going to do once my 2 weeks is up: Go to the library!
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