Leave it to me.

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If there’s a one in a million chance of getting a weird side effect from the Covid vaccine? You know it’s going to be me.

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This is my kind of luck.

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So I got my second dose of the Pfizer vaccine Friday morning. By Friday afternoon, my arm was sore and I had a slight headache…. which was no big deal and to be expected. I went to bed at 10:00 and called it good. Until I woke up Saturday morning with body aches, sluggish fatigue, a bigger headache and an odd tenderness under my left arm. I was pretty useless all day, went to bed at 7:00pm but couldn’t sleep for the pain. By Sunday morning? I had a rock hard grapefruit in my armpit.

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Darth Kermit is an asshole.

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I admit I was a little freaked out and immediately hit the computer for some medical research. Yes, it is a possible side effect… though it’s rare and only hits 0.3% of the public. It usually lasts a week to ten days, but can be sore for up to a month.

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Ironically, I had a routine doctors appointment scheduled for today and I just got back. They told me they hadn’t seen a patient present with it yet, but they did have a male nurse with a bad case. Of course he didn’t have to worry about wearing a tight bra, so my sympathy only went so far.

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The doctor told me our lymph nodes are part of our body’s immune response system and they swell when they’re fighting infection. So the fact that mine are inflamed is actually a positive reaction to the vaccine.

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Maybe so. But I’m here to tell you, it’s not a pleasant feeling.

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30 thoughts on “Leave it to me.”

  1. I have this mental picture of your immune system sitting quietly reading the newspaper, and then when you got the second jab it huffed, slammed the newspaper on the floor, rolled it’s sleeves up, stood up, and shouted “COME AT ME!”

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  2. Well River, your one of the lucky few. One of the nurses in the Dept of Family Medicine here got the same side effect. She said she couldn’t lift her arm up and the big ball of whatever was making it hard to keep her arm at her side…..FUN TIMES….that’s exactly what she said. Of course with a sarcastic tone to it.

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  3. I decided to wait until walk-in clinics and single doses arrive … but then, I have a passel of new medical horrors that should keep the crisis teams busy for a bit, and can leave Covid decisions up to them …

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  4. I’m sorry for your discomfort but as noted above, it means you have an active immune system fighting for you. A 95-year-old friend had no reaction at all to either shot, and I suspect his immune system would have a hard time fighting off anything.

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  5. Ugh, who wants to lug a grapefruit around in your armpit?! For the second shot, I had slight vertigo, but the fatigue has lasted a week. That’s a win for me.

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  6. Here’s a comparative analysis, not that you asked for such: First Covid Shot (Pfizer), slight headache, a little fatigue, basically over it in 24 hours. Second Covid Shot (still Pfizer, natch), ditto on the results. Three weeks after the Second, I’m at my doctor’s office for a regular check-up, and he notes that I haven’t had my Tetanus booster.

    Oh? Okay, let’s do it. If the Covid vax didn’t take me out, we should be good.

    I was wrong. No grapefruits, but I was completely out of it for a good three days, loopy and tired and cranky and not happy at all. In the midst of this mind haze, I called my dermatologist’s office to schedule my “every six months mole-patrol” appointment (history of skin cancer, gotta keep on it, right?). In the midst of the call, I completely forgot why I even called or what I wanted.

    I’m sure the lovely assistant on the other end of the line thought I was drunk off my ass (I was actually slurring in a full-on Britney Spears meltdown), but she talked me down and eventually scheduled the appointment.

    End tally? Covid 1 and 2? Meh. Tetanus booster? Total smackdown.

    And there you have it…. 😉

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