I know there's some controversy with the subject but getting vaccinated was the right move for me and my family. Let me take you through my experience...
I went to the Long Beach Convention Center and joined the drive up line with my parents. We were there for about two and a half hours but we knew it would be worth the wait. Finally we reached the vaccination area and got our first dose of the Moderna vaccine. They had us park for 15 minutes to make sure there was no major reaction to the vaccine. I was dizzy within 15 minutes. Nausea and headache followed within a half hour and shoulder/upper back pain started within the first couple of hours. The doctor warned us to keep moving the arm that was vaccinated to avoid injection site soreness. To be honest, I totally forgot to do that so the soreness came in fast and furious. By the end of the day, the shoulder/upper back pain went all the way down into my lower back. I had major body aches and chills so I went to bed early and left my husband with the girls. I knocked out HARD. I woke up the next day with pretty bad lower back pain, headache and injection site soreness. It lasted two more days and finally things went back to normal.
Three weeks later, we went back for our second dose. This time, we did the walk up vaccination line. It took about the same amount of time as the drive up because they didn't have a drive up option that day. There were seating options for people along the way. My mom had to take a seat a couple of times because of her bad knee so she was ok for the most part. We finally made it to the vaccination area and they gave us our second dose. They had a seating area for us to wait 15 minutes again to make sure there was no major reaction to the vaccine. This time, I made it a point to move my arm A LOT to avoid the injection site soreness! I wanted to minimize that discomfort as much as possible. I'm happy to report that I succeeded 😁 As far as the rest of the symptoms, everything came just like the last time but not as fast and furious. I was hardly dizzy, barely nauseated, back pain was coming on slowly and not as bad. By 3:00PM, I started feeling everything like last time. I went to bed and woke up feeling like I got hit by a train 🤯😩 My husband called out of work to stay home and take care of me and the girls. I ended up cancelling on my clients for three days. This time around, I didn't tough it out. I used Dayquil and Tylenol to get myself through the symptoms. Moms don't get sick days. I got lucky with the one day that my husband stayed home 🙌 I felt better three days later but when session time came for my clients, I definitely felt it. I felt like I hadn't exercised in a month. I was weak and winded so it definitely took a toll on me. I was fine within a week though.
All in all, it was totally worth it. I know that as the world keeps opening up and adjusting to everything I can be more comfortable, less anxious and more confident as I begin to venture out safely. Of course, I will still be taking all of the necessary precautions. I have kids that are not vaccine eligible so I still have to do everything I can to keep them safe. Also, I can start gearing up for in person training again for clients who prefer it over virtual training! Again, getting vaccinated was the right move for me and my family. I feel it's the best way to get back to "normal." Whatever the new normal will be, it won't be what we've been doing for the past year. Listen to me as I say this in my best Eskeleto from Nacho Libre voice... I BELIEVE IN SCIENCE! Don't listen to the noise of politicized misinformation or conspiracy theories. Make an educated decision for yourself. Do your research, make sure you are getting information from a credible source. I hope that leads you to get vaccinated too 🙂
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