That’s right. On the evening of 5 April I finally got the COVID-19 vaccine.
I wasn’t quite sure whether or not I should make this post, especially given the news related to AstraZeneca as of right now, however after giving it a bit of thought, I realized that even though this is not what I would normally post, there may be people who are interested in this subject.
THE REASON WHY I DECIDED TO GET THE COVID-19 VACCINE
What made me take the final decision was the fact that I am a nursing student. In a few weeks I will have my clinical rounds which means that in order to be able to participate, I would either have to get vaccinated or get tested each week.
Of course I preferred the easy way out, which meant getting vaccinated.
Side note though, I was never opposed to the idea of getting the vaccine. I did have in mind to eventually get vaccinated, but I had no dates in my mind. It was a matter of time, actually.
Before we go on with the story, I’d like to also mention the fact that growing up, I was what you would consider a ‘sick’ child. I spent most of my childhood in the hospital due to my sensitive and weak immune system. Even to this day, my immune system is not at its best, however, it is doing MUCH better now.
HOW THE VACCINE WENT AND HOW IT FELT
Everything was fine. The triage was quick, the nurses were lovely. I was there for a bit over 20 minutes, most of it though was after getting the vaccine, to ensure there were no immediate side effects or allergies.
The slightest bit of pain was present when the vaccine was getting injected which is normal to any vaccine, not something you should worry about. Think about a mosquito bite, that’s how it felt.
And that was it. Got vaccinated, went home, enjoyed a nice dinner, checked my emails then went to bed.
Before starting with the story regarding the side effects I’ve had, I would like to say that after getting home, I noticed the spot where I got the shot was in pain. The pain lasted to this day, and I do think it will be around for at least a few more days.
If you didn’t get vaccinated before, or have no information about the side effects you’re going to experience post-vaccine, then I advise you to inform yourself on this matter. Usually, this kind of pain is normal, something you shouldn’t worry about too much. Unless there are complications or side effects that appear later on, the pain should disappear on its own.
When I was preparing to go to bed I noticed the fact that my muscles were pretty much in pain. Meaning that I found it quite challenging to go drink a cup of water, and go to the bathroom to do my night routine.
I also was drinking much more water than usual and found myself getting thirsty much faster than normal. Of course, given this, I wasn’t too surprised when the temperature started rising. The highest was at 38,9°C.
When the temperature was at its highest, that’s when the chills came along. At this point, I had my winter pajamas on + 3 blankets on top of me.
Even though I felt weak and tired, no matter how much I tried I just couldn’t seem to fall asleep.
Hours later, I managed to sleep from 6 A.M. to 10 A.M.
After waking up I still had a temperature that would come and go. I still felt extremely tired, fatigued. I also still had muscle pain.
However, nothing major like the night before. On top of that, I actually managed to get some proper sleep in the afternoon.
Also, it is important to mention that even though there was nothing as bad as the other night, I had no appetite whatsoever. I had a nice bowl of chicken soup and banana throughout the whole day.
Today I felt so much better, almost as good as new. I managed to get out of bed, enjoy the day, and even write this post for you guys. My appetite is back, not fully, but we’re getting there.
The muscle pain is still there, but it feels more like a soreness. However, it allows me to go on with my day without cringing every time I take a step.
As I mentioned before the place where I got the shot, is still in pain, a bit swollen and it has a bit of redness to it as well, which I’m sure will last at least a few more days.
Overall, the side effects I had were pretty much the same as the Covid symptoms I’ve had back in December last year. The only thing that was different was the fact that the Covid symptoms lasted much longer.
Talk to your doctor about taking over-the-counter medications, such as ibuprofen, acetaminophen, aspirin, or antihistamines, for any pain and discomfort you may experience after getting vaccinated.
To go through the whole mess that was the night of 5 April, and early morning of 6 April, I did need some medicine. Something that has always worked for me, and never disappointed, was paracetamol and ibuprofen, and once again, they proved themselves.
You can take these medications to relieve post-vaccination side effects if you have no other medical reasons that prevent you from taking these medications normally.
This, pretty much, sums everything I’ve been going through these days since getting the AstraZeneca vaccine.
I did speak to my colleagues and everyone who has got vaccinated went through these side effects, the only thing that was different from one to another was how long the vaccine side effects lasted. Also, some of them experienced nausea, so look out for that as well in case you’re planning on getting the Covid-19 vaccine.
Do I regret getting the Covid-19 vaccine? Not at all. I can’t wait to get the second shot as well to be able to visit my family and friends without worrying too much about possibly passing the virus to more vulnerable categories.
Ultimately, it’s your decision whether you get vaccinated or not.
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