Dancing with Covid-19 Round 2

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Today, April 12, 2021, I received my second Moderna vaccination. As a massage therapist, I felt I needed to be vaccinated before returning to work.

Here was my entry for my first vaccination. https://storiesbyshawn.com/2021/03/09/dancing-with-covid-19/

I received my first dose just over a month ago. I was so happy that I sat in my car and cried. I was so grateful to get the vaccine. Also, I was amazed by the communal effort of the Allen Fire Department and its volunteers. They were very efficient in getting people processed in their drive-thru lines. I felt love for every one of them.

But that night, I felt my covid symptoms return with a vengeance. I went to bed on that Tuesday, and except for a handful of hours during the following day, I slept until Thursday morning. My symptoms fell away quickly. I’m choosing to believe that all of this means I’m good to go. I certainly don’t want another bout of it, and I’m eager to return to work.

It has been such a crazy period to live through. This pandemic has affected every man, woman, and child on earth. Eventually, it will probably pass, but will we remember this time? Will we recall, for a period, we were all – from some perspective, equal in the eyes of this deadly virus?

I keep scanning my body for signs of what kind of experience this round of medication will be. Will it be painful, draining as the first dose. With so much uncertainty, I’m choosing to have faith in science. I’m hoping that I will still be above ground, kicking and breathing tomorrow morning. But I’m also planning on just sleeping and napping for many of these first hours.

Six hours after the vaccination: my arm is already pretty sore.

Was it this sore last time? I’m thinking not. I’m considering taking melatonin and just hiding out in a sleep state for the rest of the day and night.

Wish me luck!

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