Hello friends and happy Monday!
You’re officially talking to a 1/2 vaccinated gal!
Yep! Over the weekend, my special gentleman — Steven — and I got our first dose of the Covid vaccine together! Team Pfizer!
I’ll tell you what, God is always watching out for us. ALWAYS. In the smallest ways sometimes, but we’ve got to be looking for it.
Having an autoimmune disease (ulcerative colitis), So I was super nervous about it. The thing about autoimmune diseases is that my immune system is defective, and when a foreign threat comes into my body, my immune system — instead of just attacking the intruder — also attacks itself.
Which is why, if I ever get a hang nail on my cuticle, or get a cut, I will 9 times out of 10 get an infection. Because my body doesn’t fight well.
So, as you can imagine, I was incredibly apprehensive about getting the vaccine.
Couple that with my concerns about being in child-bearing years, and then put the Johnson & Johnson blood clot fear-mongering reports as the icing on the cake, and I had almost nearly talked myself out of getting it altogether.
However, after talking with my family and my brother, who is a doctor, we decided that the risk of contracting Covid far outweighs the risk of getting the vaccine.
So, on Saturday morning at 9:30am, Steven and I walked into the Javits Center in NYC to get stabbed.
And friends, it was the wildest thing.
Weeks ago, I looked out my window, and the line for the hospital on my block that was administering the vaccine was around the block. I kid you not there were probably close to 300 people in a socially-distanced line, all waiting to get the shot. And did I mention that appointments to get a shot are about as difficult to get than a Backstreet Boys concert ticket in the nineties.
And wouldn’t you know…we walked into the Javits Center, and we were practically the only ones there! It was completely empty!!! I don’t know if it was the fact that it was so early in the morning, or if the mad rush for vaccines is waning, but we were shocked. We had planned to be there for 3 hours, waiting outside in the cold. But we were in and out in 31 minutes! Talk about efficient!
There were National Guards everywhere. And each one I interacted with, I made sure to thank them for their service to our country. And I’ll tell you what — these men and women’s faces lit up when I recognized the sacrifice they’ve made. I mean, living in New York City, people aren’t really the most pro-military around here.
But I sure am!
But here’s where God I really saw God working overtime for me.
Being “high risk” with an autoimmune disease, I had to have a consultation with a doctor before getting sticked. And she proceeded to go over all the risk factors. And one thing that I learned that was interesting, is that with the vaccine and autoimmune disease, doctors aren’t worried about the body being able to fight it off, because it’s not a live virus. But the consideration is that the vaccine won’t be as effective as someone without an AI disease, because my not all of my cells will have “learned” how to fight this fake foreign intruder, because only some of my immune system will be actually fighting it — the other part will be attacking itself.
So that was really informative.
But listening to her talk to me about all of the risks, and telling me like…ok, so later today or tomorrow if you feel XYZ, call an ambulance. Watch for ABC, be prepared for this, that and the other. And oh yeah – since there’s no data on people with autoimmune diseases, we want you to answer all these questions in follow up correspondences becuase we’re going to use you as a guinea pig…capeesh? Of course, she was preparing me for worst case scenario, but it scared the living daylights out of me.
You see, since Steven and I were there together, he was allowed to accompany me to the consultation, and to the shot itself.
And having him next to me, while I’m hearing all of this terrifying information, it was just so reassuring. He was totally my rock and steadied my fears and was my calm in the storm. Because I’m going to be honest…had I been there by myself, I for sure would have gotten up and said – thanks, but no thanks! – and walked my little autoimmune butt outta there!
But I didn’t. Because Steven was there to lean on.
That’s God for ya.
He even got the vaccine first.
And as I prayed to Jesus and placed myself in His hands as that needle went into my arm, I also thanked God for putting Steven there next to me.
And by the way…the stab didn’t hurt, despite what everyone says.
Steven and I walked out of there feeling like super heroes.
God was with us that morning — of course, He always is. But it’s always extra special to see Him working in the little ways. Especially when it’s through the people in our lives.
So that was my vaccine experience. Perhaps, like me, you have an underlying condition and are a little concerned, I just want to encourage you to talk to a doctor, and weigh all the risks.
Of course, everyone’s decision is personal, and up to them. But this is what I felt was best for my body.
“This is what the Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life.” Ez 37:5
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