My Second COVID-19 Jab!

When I got my first COVID-19 vaccination, I danced. The golden ticket brought me one step closer to visiting my favorite restaurants, coffee shops and seeing friends again. Yesterday, I sat in the chair for my second jab. I have to wait two more weeks and will still mask up until the majority of us get vaccinated, and we reach herd immunity. Then we will all breathe easier, literally. So how did it go?

I had no reaction to the first vaccination but thought the second might kick my butt, so I worked hard in the morning. I’ve heard the stories — the nightmarish fevers, the painful injection sites, the exhaustion. My ninety-one-year-old mother arrives from Wisconsin today. Would I be up to driving?

Last time, I arrived at Walgreens waaaaaay too early. I had to wait for the scheduled appointment before me. Yesterday, I shopped for a few items, including another anti-aging product. The tape works, by the way.

This time, when I finally lined up for my vaccination, two people stood in front of me. Two. “Are you scheduled for 12:45?” I asked.

“12:30,” said a woman first in line.

The boy ahead of me said, “12:45.”

Huh. The same time as my appointment. Did I have the wrong date? I checked the confirmation on my phone. Nope. What if he had the wrong date? What if he was weaseling an appointment? What if they ran out of vaccines? Ridiculous. They probably gave people shots until closing.

We each checked in with the pharmacist and took a seat.

Juggling various items in my sweaty hands, I left to pay and get a bag. When I returned, they had already received their shots and were sitting for the prescribed fifteen minutes in case of a reaction.

As soon as I settled into my chair, the pharmacist called my name. I followed him into the small room as he asked, “Which arm?”

“Left.” I rolled up my sleeve. “I had the same appointment time as someone else.”

“Yes. We’re doubling them, now.”

“Nice.”

He told me to take a deep breath. The shot stung. I never feel shots. I swear he twisted the needle when it went into my arm. I figured by nightfall, I wouldn’t be able to lift it. I imagined a gargantuan bruise at the injection site.

Afterward, I kept expecting the proverbial Mack Truck to hit me. I would go straight to bed. Nope. Instead of being tired, I was WIRED! I wrote until 6:00. Still no soreness.

My husband, Danny, and I watched a few episodes of The Kominsky Method, which is hilarious. I rose from the couch and stretched. Still no soreness, and I stayed up for another hour to read. Wow.

Surely by this morning, my brain would fill with bricks, and my arm would swell. NOTHING! I only feel a small tenderness if I rub it — no brain fog. No fever. Nothing.

I was double-vacced with Pfizer. My husband, Danny, had two of the Moderna shots and didn’t react either. My mom rocked her Pfizer vaccines. BUT, my daughter, Courtney, who is twenty-nine years old, had a fever the day after her second shot. Staying out of the hospital with COVID like a friend of hers is worth one day of feeling out of it.

The moral of this story?

Don’t be afraid. GET VACCINATED!

With fewer of us to infect, the virus will DIE back. Death to COVID-19 means a lot more dancing!

Susie Lindau celebrates her second Covid Vaccination

Are you looking forward to being vaccinated? Have you gotten a shot or a jab? Have you come out of isolation?

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  1. Bravo to you! My wife and I got the J&J shot – “one and done!” That said, it did sting, but what’s five seconds of discomfort for a feeling of protection against a deadly virus – and we will stick “mask up” and use social distancing to make sure we ALL get through this together!

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  2. Such great news, Susie! Congrats on the second shot, my second is April 22. I hope I have no side effects, but if it happens it will be worth it. My 93-year-old father has both shots, had zero side effects. I have the Pfizer too. I love your long hair, Susie, you look great! 😎

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  3. I bet that feels good to have it behind you. We are still waffling here in western Canada. They’ve been slow to get the vaccine out to us, and then we heard all the AstraZeneca stories and that was what they were sending us, so we waited. Now I think they have other brands available, and we still have a decision to make. Getting the vaccine wasn’t even an option for us until a couple of weeks ago. I think they forgot we were here, WAY out west, and even then, it was prioritized, sometimes by race, and sometimes by need. Don’t get me started.

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  4. Like you, we had the Pfizer shots. Also like you, the second one hurt like hell compared to the first. I think the tech had a fight with his wife that morning. No side effects though.

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    1. I know, right? I swear the guy twisted his wrist, but it lasted less than a moment. I’m so glad to hear yours went A-OK! The squeaky wheel gets greased and breaking news coverage, just like the one in a million blood clot reaction to Astra-Zeneca. They are comparing it to the likelihood of getting murdered in the UK!

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  5. Yay! Thanks for sharing your experiences here. I am looking forward to starting my jabs tomorrow. I cannot imagine why anyone would not get the vaccinations, but there are always laggards and naysayers no matter what happens.

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      1. Got the 1st jab !!! Didn’t even feel it or the medicine go in. Flu shot so much worse, at least so far. 2nd Jab on April 30th. It will be good to get this behind us. Thanks for asking, Mz. Susie ❤ Happy Friday, Blessings ❤

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  6. Getting that jab does make you feel alive again! YEA (and yeah, some do have side effects – some are serious, but that is true for any vaccine. It’s a calculated risk, but few have the serious serious outcomes. A friend said her 2nd was worse than having malaria – but everyone in our extended family here had no issues at all. Go for it everyone)
    Get ready life, humans are baaaack.
    And a big “hi” to your mom. I know you guys will have a great time.

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    1. Thank you!
      So true. As soon as we get into the majority, the numbers will go down…fingers crossed.
      My daughter got her shot yesterday and feels horrid today — achy, sleepy. She thinks it will pass by tomorrow. 🙂
      Mom says, “Hi!”

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      1. Just wish my husband would get vaccinated. Between his various issues, he’s convinced himself that the flu he had Jan of 2020 was the virus. He hasn’t been tested for antibodies and really isn’t keen to become vaccinated, despite being the sole breadwinner of our family. (Anxiety).

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  7. I’ve had my first but was turned away for my second because we’ve run out of vaccines ! Can’t wait to have it as the cases are rising at an alarming rate

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  8. Looking forward to the vaccination. I just need to make an appointment. I have been out of isolation for awhile in my covid induced semi retirement, most recently just getting back from Universal Studios. And who is that pretty young lady w the long red hair in your post?

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  9. The Wild Rider Rides Again – sorry could not resist – ha! Happy to hear everything is going well 🙂 I am in the process and with not being able to completely isolate it brings a sense of relief. Yes, I am working remotely, however; go into the office a few times a week to do my office admin duties. Probably be returning to the office full-time in the near future. Happy Weekend – Enjoy

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    1. Love it, Renee!😎

      Soon everyone will have their vaccinations. I can’t wait! Are you looking forward to getting back to the office or do you enjoy being at home?

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        1. I heard that while Covid is still around, workers can’t be forced to go back if they’ve been working remotely. Most are flex-scheduling, like you mentioned. I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you!

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  10. My husband & I have both received our first vaccination but due to the shortage of vaccine here, our provincial government has opted to extend the period between shots. I don’t agree with what they are doing but unfortunately, we have no choice.🙄

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  11. I good to hear that you had to reaction to second shot. I work at the VA medical Center in Long Beach, CA and about 1/2 the nurses on my ward had a reaction to the second shot. when it was my turn for the second shot I asked and received a Friday appointment, so this way if I was going to have a reaction it would be on the weekend and I have been blessed not to have work on weekends. Yes lets get VACCINATED. I too miss DANCING

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  12. Thanks for sharing that. I have just started hearing about problems with the second shot and was getting nervous. It’s the old problem of bad news always being what gets attention. We aren’t hearing about the many who have no problem because there is no problem.
    On another note we loved The Kominsky Method! Also, Wow! Your hair is getting really long!

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    1. Lol! I had it cut three inches!

      Yep, there are reactions but most don’t have more than a sore arm. My daughter was out with a fever for a day and woke up the next super energized! It’s worth it!

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