Well, I got my first dose of Covid-19 vaccine. Pfizer as it turns out.
I was nervous going in but the place was so slick and well run and organized that there really was no need to be nervous. (Spoiler: I still was!)
Didn't feel the shot itself which was lovely. Sat for the requisite 15 after to make sure I was fine and I was so I headed home.
I expected some arm soreness, as that's pretty much a guarantee with shots.
Came home, iced it, messaged my family and a couple of friends YAY! I did take Advil (they say that's ok) and I think that helped the arm pain a lot.
Took another Advil around dinner, put on some arnica type lotion... figured I was good to go.
When I got up to go to bed (around midnight, what?) my arm was SOOOOOOORE. Like, sore sore. Ouch. So I took two Advil and went to bed.
Wasn't able to lean/roll onto that side but had a great, solid sleep.
Honestly, I think the biggest thing I felt was a sense of relief I had not expected. And that's why I think I slept so well, really.
Because yeah, I felt really relieved to know that in a couple of weeks I will be protected (at least partially) against Covid in a way I haven't been since we found out about it. I didn't expect to feel this sense of relief like this because I've never had it with a shot before.
Like, I get a shot for... whatever, the flu or whooping cough or whatever and it's sort of like well this is a preventative thing, shrug. But Covid? Covid's been right in my face for more than a year now. And I've gone through a lot lot LOT of anxiety and fear and upset from that. And now I think it affected me even more than I knew.
So anyway, by the time I woke up the next morning I realized my arm felt way better. I could roll over on to that side even, yay!
I think I took an Advil here or there the next day but it wasn't that bad. What I was more taking it for was pain the neck/shoulder on that side.
I wondered if it was somehow a reaction to the shot? But I've realized since it was probably a reaction to the pain and probably I slept weird the night of the shot and kinked my neck/shoulder. That makes way more sense than anything shot-specific, right?
So, yeah, I have an unrelated sore upper back/neck thing (which, hello, that gets sore all the time anyway) and my arm feels fine and I haven't yet noticed any tiredness or any other symptoms at all. Other than a pretty normal for getting a shot sore arm. YAY!
I am aware that for some folks the second dose carries a bit of a wallop so I will keep that in mind, but for now I'm just happy to be building some safety from Covid and that I haven't seemed to have any reaction to this first shot!
(And no, we don't know yet here in B.C. how long between doses, they've said 4 months, but more recently they're saying "sooner" as we've gotten more doses in so we shall see. I'm just happy to have some protection at all, I really am. Same for my loved ones and friends.)