If you have not already read my short blog about my first vaccine, you can read it here: I Got My First COVID-19 Vaccine! – Just Buy Her A Dress and She’ll Be Fine
Three days ago, I got my second round of the Pfizer vaccine for COVID-19. As I was hoping, this one did go a little better than the last. I was not one of the lucky ones who had no side effects which I detailed in the first blog. The second time, I decided to try my right arm. I am right handed, so I did the left the first time. This time, my arm was more sore that night than the previous time, like it was hard to lift it at times, but I think it was because I use it so much more. However, it was not sore for near as long overall this time. It was still a little sore the next day, but only if touched by accident and by the next day it seemed back to normal. This time I got my shot a few hours earlier in the day. I was also told I could take Tylenol right away this time if needed, and did not need to try to wait at least 4-6 hours. However, I had not brought any with me. I am sure I could have found some, but instead I figured I would take some when I got home. I am pretty sure I forgot to by then, but did before I went to bed.
I woke up in the middle of the night with chills and feeling a little rough, but also thirsty. I headed for the frig and my husband was still barely awake on the couch watching a movie. When I walked into the kitchen shivering, I apparently sounded like a ghost and startled him. It was pretty funny! I explained to him that I thought the shot gave me chills. I took some more pain reliever and went back to bed. I woke up feeling pretty normal but took something again before work as preventative. I was fine most of the day, just felt a little sluggish at times, but this got a little worse towards the end of the day, so I took more pain reliever. This was the last time I had to and was the last time I seemed to have any symptoms, so yay! Now, in less than two weeks I should be okay to live a normal life again, yet not really. I honestly do not want to travel a lot still unless necessary. I do not want to until masks are no longer required. One trip we want to take is to Universal Studios in Florida. It is bad enough walking around a place like that without a mask, I get so winded, I do not want to try with one personally. We also want to take a family cruise and I heard they may be doing ones again soon for those vaccinated, but my daughter is not old enough to be vaccinated yet, and of course masks are probably required.
I will still wear a mask even after our state mandate lifts soon for a while, just make other people feel better because they won’t know I have had it, and I also know this makes things easier for other essential employees and those around me. I had a family member, in response to me getting the vaccine, say that they would never get the vaccine. They also said COVID-19 was no different than the flu. I guess they don’t get that vaccine either. I usually do. I told them this virus had killed more in a year than the flu had in 10 and they kind of huffed. So then I said, I just want to be able to get back to normal and travel more and not have to wear a mask all the time, and they had no argument against that, because don’t we all at least agree on that? I have not tried to push others to get the vaccine, other than by getting it myself and sharing my own experience. Some people cannot get it yet, some people will never be able to due to conditions or reactions, etc. some are too scared to, some may forever be scared to and apparently some believe the seriousness of the virus or the virus itself is still a hoax or political somehow. As someone who has never had the flu, but has had this virus and was sicker than I have never been before, I disagree of course. As for the ones who can get the shot but either refuse to or are scared to, if enough of them do not get it, it will make it take longer for us to get back to normal, it does affect me, yet I still respect their decision. If others want to call me a sheep for being their Guinea pig and actually helping them, but also hopefully myself and those I love in the process, then all I can say is baa baa….
Have you had your vaccine yet? What was your experience like?
Bio: Amanda Dodson Gremillion published her first book in 2012. She began revising it in 2019 and republished it as Just Buy Her A Dress and She’ll Be Fine. The story chronicles her experience with severe postpartum OCD, anxiety and depression. Amanda is a graduate of Auburn University, and now lives in Calera, Alabama, with her husband, Jay, their daughter, Aubrie, and their two dogs, Honey Girl and Cooper. She hopes to write more books in the future. Follow Amanda’s journey on Facebook, or twitter at https://twitter.com/AmandaGremilli2 and order her book here. Also, follow her on the Mighty here Amanda Dodson Gremillion | The Mighty Contributor or listen to her podcast here Just Buy Her A Dress and She’ll Be Fine • A podcast on Anchor . You can also find her on Instagram here Amanda Dodson Gremillion (@justbuyheradress) • Instagram photos and videos.