Happy New Year, dear pond readers! 2021 has been an eventful year and it is only 24 days old. I have many thought on many subjects but tonight I am going to keep things simple. Before Christmas I was blessed to be among the first vaccinated against COVID-19 in my corner of the Upper Midwest of the U.S.A. Considering the horrific toll that the COVID-19 pandemic has wreaked on the world as a whole and the United States in particular, I feel humbly grateful to be among the happy few to have received a vaccine because of the science work I do. I want to use this gift well. While my second dose in early January did produce a more noticeable immune response than the first dose, it was a mild experience. Here is the historical action shot!
As the caption says, the wheelchair and cane are due to black ice causing a fall and subsequent injury. I’m happy to report that my multiple sclerosis is behaving and I’m otherwise fine. In terms of the vaccination itself, 12 to 14 hours after the injection I developed mild sniffles, mild sore throat, some slight vertigo, periodic cough, mild headache, and some fatigue. The injection site hurt if I poked it but my arm did not hurt otherwise or become numb like with dose one. My second dose was on Friday in the late afternoon, this suite of mild symptoms developed late Saturday morning, I took a three hour nap on Sunday, and I felt absolutely fine by Monday afternoon. The clockwork aspect of symptoms was surreal but convenient. If I had had a normal leg, I would have been bopping around my house as usual regardless of the immune response. As it was, I enjoyed the silver lining of being able to read library books and watch some streaming without the guilt I often feel when I do such activities.
Even though I’m going to keep watching my distance, washing my hands, and wearing masks, it is really tremendous to know that I’m basically immune from COVID-19 infection for the coming months. I’m looking forward to being able to do more things in my community with others as the number of vaccinations rise. Everyone, if you have the opportunity to get vaccinated and your medical team says it’s okay for you, I strongly recommend that you do so. Until everyone is vaccinated, no one is truly safe. While there isn’t a whole lot that I can do at the moment to make the vaccine more equitably available, we can all do our part to make sure the curve flattens and more people survive to spring & summer & vaccine availability. It is so simple: wear a mask, watch your distance, and wash your hands. Together, we can get through this crisis. As beautiful and necessary as this memorial at the US Capitol is, I really don’t want us to need another one for 500,000-1 million U.S. deaths.
How has your 2021 begun, dear pond reader? Do you have COVID-19 vaccine questions?
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