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This COVID – 19 thing

I haven’t written about COVID-19. I like to write about things that I know something about. I’m not a scientist, epidemiologist, or a doctor, nor have I had a first hand encounter with Covid (I’m so grateful for that) but, I do know what I’ve experienced during this pandemic. Mostly I have sat on the sidelines as a spectator. Last week I went for my second vaccine and the experience left me needing to say something … so here goes.

My first vaccination was Pfizer. That went well. I booked online and went for my appointment. Got the shot, didn’t have any real side effects. My second vaccine was booked for August. I was good with that. Then news came that we could get the second dose earlier than originally planned. I got online and booked the second Pfizer vaccine for last week. So far so good.

When I got to the vaccination site the sign said Moderna.  Any information to date that I had absorbed was that the first and second dose should be the same so seeing the sign caused me to pause. My brain raced for a few minutes (think ping pong ball bouncing off 4 walls). Finally the decision was made to go for it. The trepidation I felt was aggravated by the person administering the dose who insisted on telling me how sick she was after her second vaccine. Part of the warning included saying that mixing Pfizer and Moderna would likely result in greater discomfort that could hit in as much as 48 hours. I left there feeling lousy – and not from side effects from the drug!

As I am writing this it has been a week since I got the shot. I did not get sick. My arm hurt from where I got the needle and maybe I was a little tired but I don’t know if that was from the vaccine or from my crazy active lifestyle. Furthermore, many people are now getting a mix of the drugs that are meant to immunize us against COVID-19.  I guess I was one of the first for the Pfizer/Moderna combo. Turns out, I worried a lot for nothing.  It’s one of those situations where you say to yourself: If I knew then what I know now.

COVID-19 has kicked our asses in so many ways. Through this entire experience I have focused on being respectful of others. I can’t criticize our government (any level of it) because 1) I did vote, and 2) I’m not prepared to walk in their shoes. This is brand new territory for everyone. I can’t imagine how the governments are managing to navigate this situation as they try to keep us safe and keep the country/province running.

I’ve had 2 doses now. I’m not sure what that means exactly. Was getting the vaccination the right thing to do? I don’t know the answer to that either. We make decisions based on the information we have at the time.  I’ve chosen to trust the powers that be to take care of me. That was my choice. Right or wrong only time will tell.

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