Hey friends, and happy Monday!!
I hope everyone had a happy Mother’s Day weekend! I sure did! Even though I wasn’t able to be home in Ohio celebrating with my beautiful mother…..I’m seeing her THIS WEEKEND!!!!
Yep! Steven and I are flying to Ohio to visit my family! I couldn’t be more excited! We’ll see the fam, be in the new house, enjoy a drink around the fire pit, take some scenic bike rides, eat delicious food, and just be together. It’s going to be amazing.
But this weekend…WE GOT OUR SECOND DOSE OF THE PFIZER VACCINE!
Yep! If you follow me on Instagram (@Beauty.Beyond.Bones), then you already knew this…and watched the video I posted…
But we are now officially fully vaccinated!
I shared about getting my first shot exactly 21 days ago (the mandated time between doses). And the response was overwhelming! I shared about how scared I was to get it, given my autoimmune disease: Ulcerative Colitis, and a lot of you sweet readers asked me to provide an update…so I was more than happy to oblige.
Just as a quick refresher, the concern about people with autoimmune diseases isn’t that they’re going to get the vaccine and die, or actually contract COVID19 from the vaccine itself…which, to be honest, was a real concern of mine…because you’re not actually getting a LIVE strain of the virus in the vaccine. But rather, as it was explained to me by the doctor on-site who had a sit down info session with me beforehand, the concern is that the vaccine isn’t as effective at protecting people with autoimmune diseases, because only PART of my immune system learns to fight the virus, since only *some* of my white blood cells attack intruders…the others attack itself.
But net-net, it’s far better to get the vaccine and at least get SOME protection against the virus, than no protection at all!
So anyway. Going into this appointment at the Javits Center in NYC on Saturday…I was still super nervous. How would be body react?
It’s common knowledge that the second shot is the one where you feel like you have the flu 12-14 hours after you get stabbed. But talk to anyone who’s gotten it, and the personal experiences really run the gamut. Some people…like my dad, my guy friends, Steven….had literally NO reaction. Some people…my mom, most of my friends…*slight* chills for a little bit, and woke up fine the next morning. But then, of course there are the rare outliers who had “horrible” reactions where they literally felt so sick they couldn’t get out of bed for the entire day.
And naturally, none of the people who I talked to have an autoimmune disease. So really – who knows.
So Steven and I decided to walk into the day with a mind-over-matter kind of an attitude. I’ve always kind of felt that way about being sick: when you tell yourself you feel great and you’re going to be okay…it’s typically true! Unless of course, you get knocked on your butt by something really serious…but that’s another story.
But that mindset has typically worked for me.
So, we got our shot — no brainer. Didn’t hurt. The place was completely empty, except for probably the 200 National Guard people who were stationed all throughout the convention center — which was SO WELL ORGANIZED, by the way. There was literally different colored neon tape on the floor running all throughout, and you were given a color to follow at the jump, and it made it so easy. It was remarkable.
But then we just went about our day as usual. We worked out. Had a great lunch. (I had made my famous Hearty Chicken and Vegetable Stew ahead of time for us, just in case we were down for the count.) And then we met up with our friends to hang out at one of their apartments. And the only thing I did different was wear my “comfy jeans” and an extra layer in case I started to get chilled at the party.
So…how did I fare, symptom-wise throughout it?? Well…I actually did have some surprising symptoms. Yes, my arm was SUPER sore. (As opposed to the first shot, which was just a dull annoyance.) And yes, I got the chills at the end of the night. (We’re talking 2am when I left the party, and then had to sleep in a hoodie and sweatpants with my covers pulled over my head to stay warm.) But my “fever” broke around 6 am, and I woke up perfectly normal on Sunday — good enough to get picked up by Steven in the early afternoon to go to his parents’ for Mother’s Day!
But the surprising symptoms I had were brain fog and clumsiness! Right?? How bizarre!! So for example: I baked my famous Reeces Cup Cookies that afternoon after the shot to bring over to our friend’s apartment, and for the LIFE OF ME, I could not do the “mental math” required to convert tablespoons into cups! We’re talking…I actually had to take out by the spoonful, extra sugar and brown sugar that I had mistakenly added! What!? That, and it was really difficult to formulate sentences. I would say “ummm” for long pauses, and just — forget — what I was trying to communicate mid-sentence. SO WEIRD!
That, and I was just clumsy and uncoordinated…which for this “varsity letterman” athlete is unheard of. I literally dropped my toothbrush from my mouth onto the floor. Like…who does that?
So anyway…that was my experience with the Pfizer Vaccine!
Again, I don’t think I would have actually followed through, or even gotten the shot to begin with, had it not been for Steven. I would have been too afraid. But having him by my side throughout the whole thing – it was not only really special, but something I’m incredibly grateful for.
I know the vaccine is scary for a lot of people. And to be honest, people have a lot of mixed emotions about it.
I decided to get the vaccine, because I want life to return to “normal” as soon as possible. This pandemic has wreaked havoc on our country — and the world. Our economy is tanking, the value of the dollar is flirting with doom, people are out of work — some by choice, thanks to our generous government — mental health is at an alarming low, and people are going stir crazy, yearing to get back out there and socialize!
So if my being vaccinated can contribute to herd immunity, or a safe environment where our country can get back to life as usual, then let me be first in line.
That, and who knows what tyrannical mandate New York City’s glorious leadership is going to put into place here in the near future regarding “vaccine passports.”
At the end of the day, I truly believe that this vaccine is a miracle — medical in nature, and breathed by God. I believe God gave those scientists the precise skillset and thinking power to develop these vaccines in record-shattering speed, and then get it out to the world at large. We have been praying and praying for an end to this pandemic, and sometimes, God’s answer is in the form of a modern day medical miracle that requires a little bit of trust on our end.
What do YOU think about the vaccine? Have you taken it? Are you going to? What was your reaction to it? I’m super curious!!
Alright that’s it from me! If you need me, I’ll be dreaming of all the places I want to put on my post-vax travel bucket list! (Hey, a girl can dream!!!)
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