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Delayed Allergies

Okay, so apparently with the Moderna vaccine, there’re people who’ve had delayed allergic reactions about 8 days after the injection. Shortness of breath, hives, not life threatening but very concerning-looking symptoms. So guess who’s got it? No, not me; my husband did. Well, I had some delayed reactions too but it’s just a recurring sore arm 8 days after the first shot, and some nausea and a single case of bad diarrhea 8 days after the second shot. My husband, however, has developed hives all over his legs. His right thigh is super swollen, and he’s had shortness of breath a couple of days ago. Today is the 10th day after his second shot. Yeah, isn’t it kick ass to be the “less than 20 people out of millions” who’s had this happened to?

He’s alright. He’s no longer experiencing shortness of breath, and he said it’s just swollen but not too horrible like that time when he had the allergic reaction to Dramamine. That rash lasted weeks, and I was reading up and it said the Moderna reactions last an average of 5 days, but could be up to 21 days. I’ve seen pictures and his is not nearly as bad as those ones. So hopefully his will go away after a week. If it gets worse tomorrow maybe I’ll schedule an appointment with our doctor, but I doubt they’ll do anything because, well, it’s obviously Moderna’s fault, and the papers that studied those all said it’s going to go away on it’s own and is not life threatening so, might as well just wait and save the money.

(I’m perfectly fine now, btw, and will be fully vaccinated by tomorrow. Can’t wait.)

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Second Vaccination

Well folks, I have now gotten my second dose of Moderna and am on my way to be fully vaccinated. Just in time too, because I heard on the news today that fully vaccinated people can stop wearing masks indoors and out with a few exceptions (travel, hospitals, etc.) I bet this is a way for the Biden admin to push people to get vaccinated. Of course those never-masker-Q-anon people will not listen anyway, but there are some vaccine-hesitant folks who want life back to normal, and dangling this carrot is a good way for that extra push. I ain’t mad about it; we need as many people getting fully vaccinated as possible. The stragglers are gonna straggle, but if they’re a low percentage then I guess they’ll just eat the cost (of getting very sick while vaccinated folks won’t) if it ever happens. Herd immunity protects everyone regardless, you know.

I didn’t have that many side effects after the second shot. My arm hurt, I had a full-body ache that was controlled with Advil, and also a pretty bad headache that was also controlled with Advil and lots, lots of water. I was also feeling tired the first day after so I spent most of that day in bed watching Youtube (which led me to discover a cute little builder called Before We Leave that I purchased as soon as it came out.) I got better later that night, and it was so weird how it happened. I was feeling pretty bad in the afternoon and just before dinner time suddenly my head cleared. It was like a switch had been flipped, and the pain just eased up and I suddenly felt less foggy. Since it was late I was still tired, so I went to bed early and the next day all that was left was a slight headache and a little bit of tiredness. Now I’m bouncing around like normal haha. Which is good, because my husband got his shot a couple of days after me and I had to take care of him. He was also feeling tired, but no body aches, except his lymph nodes have swelled up. That happened after the first shot, too, and they subsided after a week or so. Different immune system responses, eh?

Ah, you don’t understand how relieved and happy I am that things will go back to normal, mostly. I’m expecting to go into hospital in the future so masks aren’t a thing of the past yet. Plus, I’m Asian, and we wear masks during regular flu season so that’s probably what I’ll do anyway. On the day that my husband got the shot we went to get takeout for lunch, and I actually ate a Somi Somi taiyaki outside! Look, it’s been a long, long time since I ate something in a public setting, ok? It was warm and the ice cream flavors sounded so good (it was a hōjicha/Oreo mix with taro filling.) This felt like that first time I went out and got a takeout sea-salt coffee from an Asian bakery – I did not expect how emotional I got from drinking a coffee that someone else made for me, haha. That was a few months ago, and I can’t wait to resume life as businesses – the ones that survived, that is – reopen. I need a haircut very, very badly.

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Good Mondays – Vaccination!

Well, hello everyone. It’s a Monday again and I want to express my gratitude to the fact that I got vaccinated! A week ago, actually, but I didn’t feel the implication sink in until a couple of days later. And now, I am feeling more and more optimistic about the future, at least regarding my immediate life.

I got Moderna from my health provider. So did my husband. So far we only got jabbed once and experienced arm pain. (The second shot is supposed to be a tough one so, I’m certainly not looking forward to that.) I was super thirsty for the first 48 hours after the shot, though, like chugging liters of water kind of extreme thirst. My skin broke out – inflammation all over, I assume – coupled that with maskne and yeah, don’t look at my face right now haha. My husband didn’t feel thirst but he got a slew of cluster pimples. I’ve never heard of a Moderna reaction of cluster pimples before! We think it’s also inflammation related since his skin is super oily. I also found out that a small group of people actually experienced itchiness, swollen injection site, pain, and other irritations 8-14 days after the injection. A sort of delayed reaction – unexplained of course. Well, guess who’s among that small group of people? (Me, it’s me.) The good news is that it’s already getting better. Yesterday my arm was super itchy and swollen, but today it’s less itchy. Still swollen though. My husband also got a really swollen lymph node under his armpit right now. It’s bothering his sleep, but they’re all minor and seems to be temporary. Man, so many different and weird side effects with this mRNA stuff. No wonder people are all iffy about getting vaccinated.

Whatever. Still better than actually getting Covid. With my asthma I probably will die or end up in ICU at least. One of my immunocompromised friend got her two full shots and will be fully protected by midweek. She told me she can’t wait to go grocery shopping again haha. (Being immunocompromised she literally haven’t left her house except to walk her dog since March of last year. She get all her groceries online. No gathering/shopping/doing anything in person.) I can’t wait to go eat in at a restaurant somewhere. We’ve been getting takeout but it’s not the same. It’s crazy how much super mundane stuff we all missed this past 12 months huh? I also want to see a movie in theaters, go to Disneyland, see a live concert (that is probably not going to happen until 2022) and fly across country to see my family (who’re also fully vaccinated). But these are distant goals. Now I just want to go eat out somewhere, preferably with other vaccinated friends.

People, do your part. Get vaccinated so we can all move on as a planet, yo!

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Vaccinations

So I called my parents yesterday and learned that they both got their first shot of the Pfizer vaccine!! Joy of all joys!!

Except, I also learned how they managed to get their shots, because they’re definitely NOT in the first group to be vaccinated (which is front-line workers and people in long-term care facilities, and I think also people over 75). The reason they got it was because, apparently, 60% of the medical personnel (nurses, mostly) TURNED DOWN the vaccine! Like, WHAT?? How can a medical person not believe in vaccines for whatever reason? So because the vaccines once thawed have to be used within a certain time limit, the facility’s just giving the leftover doses to whoever signed up. My mom not only got herself vaccinated, but she talked other people in her lab into getting them too, and they’re post-docs in their 20s – at the very back of the line, logistically, but they all got vaccinated. WTF? Here I am in a state where we actually have a shortage, and people in my parents’ state are having a surplus because of anti-vaccination ideals. Wow.

I would never move back to her state if I have any choice, but now I’m like, damn, I want my shots already haha. It’ll be like June before I can get mine, at the earliest, probably. It’s doggone crazy! Still, I’m so glad my parents are getting vaccinate, period, because no one around them wear masks and everything’s open. I worried about them every single day since March of last year. Now I can worry just a little bit less.

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Flu Shots – Get Them!

I got a flu shot today – finally, after weeks of procrastinating. Got my husband to get them too. He was supposed to get one when he went for a physical a couple of weeks ago, and he forgot! Like, I scheduled one for him, and he was at the doctor’s office, and he friggin’ forgot. What the hell, man? But anyway, I scheduled one for both of us today, and so we went. Now my arm hurts and I’m sleepy and have a headache. Boo. But at least I won’t catch the flu this season, or even if I did, it would be milder compared to no vaccination.

I asked the nurse if she’s getting Covid vaccination once they come out, and she said that no, the hospitals are getting that first (this was just a private doctor’s office), which makes sense. I really hope the distribution of the vaccine doesn’t hit snags, or if they do they’re minor. Probably going to be front line nurses/doctors first, then other healthcare providers, then nursing homes and other older folks (which my parents are, I guess that’s something to be happy about?), and then immuno-compromised younger individuals, and then the general public. Which means by the time it gets to people like us it’ll be like, June, if we’re lucky. If I got lucky and got pregnant then I won’t be taking the vaccine at all. I’ll just stay inside the house and not leave until I give birth, or until the CDC or someone reputable tells me it’s safe for pregnant women to get the vaccine, as they were excluded from all trials. Also, this would be the Western vaccine, which doesn’t tell me how many people of East Asian descent was included in the trials. What if there were some complications that’re particular to Asians but only the Asian vaccine trials had Asians in it? (Same thing for Black folks, too.) So many questions, so little answers. I’m not anti-vax at all – I mean I just got the flu vaccine, didn’t I? But we live in times of uncertainty, so I’m just going to do my own risk management and hopefully everything works out.