Monday, 8 February 2021

One jab done, one to go.

 

I'd known that nausea was one of the possible after-effects of getting the Covid jab but hadn't expected it to be as marked as it was. All the following day, yesterday, could eat hardly anything at all and spent about 20 hours in bed (with several cats) just waiting for it to be over with, as well as feeling all-over creaky and somewhat painful to move. Now this morning, although that has definitely subsided, though the sore arm is more evident, there's still the feeling that any moment a rush to crouch over the toilet may envelop me. 

But still, at least it's done. Meanwhile in the news now there's the scarcely encouraging daily info about how the Oxford astrazenaca vac (if that's the one they gave me, as is likely) offers only "minimal protection" against at least one of the latest newer strains. Oh well. What else can one do? Heigh-ho!

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  1. All you can do is take advantage of any tool provided to protect yourself. Good for you. Hope the side effects pass soon.

    Sassybear
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    1. I can feel the effects are indeed passing, S/b. Thanks for the thought/ But I'm very aware that the trials that you regularly have to go through yourself are major league ones as compared with my relative 'inconveniences'. Best wishes to you..

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  2. Darling Ray,

    Well, something is definitely an improvement on nothing. But, still important to take precautions and be safe.

    Take care.

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  3. So sorry you had such an unpleasant reaction. I hope it's already just a memory. But I'm glad you got SOMETHING.

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    1. It's getting close now to being a nasty memory, Mitch. It had to be done.

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  4. oh my. sorry to hear that. I hope the kitties nursed you through your trauma. protect yourself, dear raybeard.

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    1. They DID assist, W.Q. - sometimes vying with each other to get under the duvet with me. More pleasant than any jab.

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  5. Be patient, who knows what it is. Could be a cold or somethin' else. 🤷‍♂️

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    1. No, I'm pretty sure it came off the injection. The coincidence would have been too great and, besides, it's on the way out now.

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  6. Hopefully the cats have helped you get back to normal, and that the vaccine does what it's supposed to do.
    Stay safe.

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    1. They've helped enormously, Bob, and now that we're in a period of deep freeze, they're showing appreciation by nuzzling their bodies up against me. Everyone happy.

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  7. Glad you got your shot! And sorry about the side effects, but better that than Covid. Take good care of yourself and drink lots of liquids. Also glad you are in fine company. Kitties are the best.

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    1. We're okay now. thanks, U. The little unpleasantness will have been as nothing when compared to the possible consequences of actually catching the dreaded v.

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  8. I too hope you feel better sooner then later dear Raymundo! Any protection has got to be better then none. And just think...one more prick to receive! For me, it shall be some time till I receive a vaccine prick, as I'm not near the age requirements for the first two releases....

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    1. Vastly improved already, thank you, M.M. - and better by a mile to be safe rather than sorry. At least I know what may happen when the second jab comes, though if there's any effect from it I don't suppose it will be quite as acute. I'm sure that you too will feel a profound sense of relief when the prick comes your way, which I do hope won't be too long now.

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  9. My husband had his the day before yesterday and it was the astra zennica one. He had no side effects at all so it must be the luck of the draw. We feel that any protection is better than no protection. Hope you are now fully recovered.

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    1. Yes, I'm over it now thanks, Carol - and mine also was the astrazeneca, which we're now hearing has little effect against the latest South Africa variant - though the news seems to be changing from day to day. Not much we can do about it other than cross one's fingers and hope. Trust you'll be getting your own turn soonish.

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    2. I am eight years younger than my husband. He is category 5 and I am category 7 but they are getting through them quickly so I am sure that mine won't be long. I am glad that you are feeling better.

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    3. Maybe when your turn comes, like your hubby you too won't get any adverse reaction. Let's hope.

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    1. Oh it's all been gone for a couple of days now, JayGee, even the sore arm. But thanks anyway.

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  11. Sorry to hear about the side effects, and I hope if/when I get mine it won't be like that. I know everyone's different.

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    1. Everyone seems to experience different reactions, from far worse than what I had right through to nothing noticeable at all. Even if I was told that the after-effects of the second jab will be the same as for the first it wouldn't make me hesitate. The risks of not taking it are just too great to brush aside. Hope that your turn when it comes will be uneventful and forgettable - but soon.

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  12. So glad you got your shots, Ray; glad you are feeling better. I will take whatever version is offered me...although who knows when that will be. I'm 57, so not top of the list. Rollout was absolute chaos here, although Biden's takeover is starting to have some effects, thank heavens. I have to admit, every time I read about people not wanting the vaccine, I want to scream. Take care!

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    1. I'm much relieved, Elle, even while waiting for another couple of weeks before it starts being effective - and even after that I'm not going to let my guard down, I'll still continue to be a mask-wearer - in fact the TWO-mask wearer that I am, just to be doubly safe.
      There's no great resistance here to either masks or the vaccine, though what there is is not insignificant either, and is rather concerning, tending to be more prevalent among the BAME [black and ethnic minority] members of British society = which, however, has become nowhere near as politicised as, from what I see, it's like in America.
      Of course Biden has an awful lot of catch-up to do after the denials and slow-coach approach of the previous administration. I can just see that as the mortality number gets even closer to and surpasses half a million in your country it's going to be he who gets the blame for it getting so high, especially from those who've been claiming that the entire Covid situation is a hoax. But I'm confident he'll do what's got go be done.

      I do hope you get your own jabs soon. It's not just getting the illness itself that is so worrying it's the long-term effects which a substantial number are suffering with that's so additionally scary.
      Best of luck to you and to those you hold dear.

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  13. Not sure which vaccine you got. My 2nd dose was not great. 36 hours of weird and pain - 6 of them with chills that 2-3 blankets couldn't contain. Still......I'll take that over covid.

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    1. Mine was the Astrazeneca, B. Rather alarming to hear of your experience 2nd time round, but I'll remember it and try to be prepared, even if there's little one can do. As you say, just about anything is better than going down with the real virus stuff.

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    2. B., I've just returned from my regular quarterly visit to the podiatrist and he tells me that he too had a particularly adverse reaction to his second jab, laying him much lower than the first. His, unlike mine, was the Pfizer one. Was that also yours? If so I'll hold onto the hope that mine may not be quite as bad when it comes in about 10 weeks or so.
      Incidentally, a curiosity that's happened only in the last week is that at least three of my cats now recoil from my touching them with the left hand, running away or trying to give me a slap. This is entirely new. I cannot think of anything in the last week which I've touched more with my left hand than the right - though the jab last Sat was in my left upper arm. Have you noticed any similar strange reaction from Sophie, or even from Shep? I can't think of anything else it could be.

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  14. so one doc who works for me, his son who is in London got the Astra Zeneca shot as well, and he said he was quite ill afterwards. I didn't ask specifics.

    I have not heard of Pfizer's second round giving a reaction. Still, these are boosters and the 2nd one is made to hit the receptor cells. The reality is, if you have a reaction, it's probably working.

    Cat and dog didn't seem to have a reaction to me. I mean, my arm was quite sore, so petting them was limited.

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    1. Thanks, B. Strange that nausea isn't one of the listed side-effects of astrazeneca, though flu-like symptoms [for up to 48 hours] is. Oh well, if it happens it happens. I'll just have to remember to keep a bucket by the bed.

      Strange about my cats, particularly as if it is the jab I'd have expected them to react my entire presence not just exclusively the left hand. I'm sure it'll wear off soonish.

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  15. Blogger seems to have ate my comment, which I am certain I left some days ago.
    I hate when this happens.

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    1. Shame. Never happened to me that I know of. Unless it was really important lets just leave it at a "Darn it!"

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