Friday I got my COVID-19 vaccine. That’s a big deal for me; not only do I always have strong negative reactions to them, but I also suffer from severe trypanophobia (due to some childhood trauma that I’m not going to dredge up right now).
Thankfully, they were rotating in the Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccine, so I got that one.
The process was exceptionally smooth and organized; Quincy, IL is nailing it, despite the fact that we’ve got a rather large portion of chin-maskers and Trump voters. We’ve even got a number of Q-Anon supporters.
7 hours after my injection, the reaction hit.. like a train wreck. Here’s what I experienced over about a 34 hour period.
First, the pain. I already suffer from sever arthritis, and am always in pain, so I was ready for it. It was pretty intense; every joint was exploding. Beyond that, nerves were flaring up like crazy all over, and it felt like my skin was on fire and being poked by thousands of needles. It honestly wasn’t entirely unlike Gabapentin withdrawal, or even somewhat like shingles. This continued on for the full 34 hour period, and I’m still feeling it a bit now, but it’s pretty manageable; just a hair above my usual pain levels. This can also be attributed to the fact that I spent the entire time laying down because I couldn’t stand up safely, but more on that later.
I also experienced chills and a fever; while annoying, the chills are pretty standard fare for anybody who’s had the flu (not a stomach flu). The fever slowly rose; at around the 24 hour mark it peaked at 101 degrees Fahrenheit, and thankfully, didn’t go further. I sweat through my blankets multiple times, and would be completely drenched. I had to keep hydrated, so I was chugging water like crazy.
The only real concern I had was my heart rate; by mid-day yesterday, my resting heart rate was around 120bpm. That’s about TWICE what my normal resting heart rate is. If I was standing? It jumped to 150bpm, which is a huge deal. When I went to the ER for a kidneys tone, that was my heart rate, and the staff made me lay down (I was pretty stubborn) because that alone was a very bad thing. So, I couldn’t be vertical. That lasted for about 20 hours.
My heart rate now is still high, but tolerable; it’s staying sub-100, so I’ll take it.
This doesn’t sound like much of an argument for it, does it?
It should, and here’s why: Most people won’t experience what I did. You may feel something akin to the flu, but it should overall be pretty tolerable. Just do what I did: Curl up on the couch and binge some Law and Order. Drink lots of water. Eat (hell, do what I did and cheat on your diet, you’ll be burning calories like crazy if you are like me).
Even if we have to get a booster every year, I’m all about this. It’s good for your friends and family, and it’s good for you. The boosters most likely won’t incite this strong of a reaction, but even if they did, you are damned straight I’d still get it.