On Friday 19th February, I got my first Covid-19 vaccine, as did Izzy. Mine was in the morning, and I got the Oxford AstraZeneca one because it travels best and I was at home in bed. Izzy got the Pfizer one in the afternoon as she was able to get to the local vaccine centre.
As expected, there were some side effects. Izzy had a sore arm, a bit of a headache, some extra tiredness and fatigue that lasted a day or so, then she was fine. Tuesday she was able to go for her first run in a while without issue (until she decided to add Ring Fit to it Wednesday morning – she’s no longer fine :P). I ended up sleeping through most of the rest of Friday and Saturday, and initially had a very sore arm that I couldn’t use, an impressive bright red lump, worse headache and flu-like symptoms than my norm, and generally being worse than my normal. Ibuprofen and extra sleep helped and I’m mostly back to my normal now. Feeling rotten for a few days sucks, but it’s better than getting Covid.
So far there’s no sign of any microchips, 5G or superpowers, which is disappointing but expected as those are conspiracy theories, not actual possibilities. There are no new autistic traits either, as vaccines don’t cause autism.
Though I still have severe ME and am still almost completely bedbound, before the vaccine I’d been improving since The Event started. Since going out wasn’t going to happen, I instead was able to watch TV shows and films more frequently and with less payback. I’m also able to occasionally brush my own teeth, wash my own face and the big one, sit up for long enough to change my top, though I do get payback from those. I’ve also been able to be more upright in bed for longer without payback. If touch and movement weren’t such big triggers for payback then I’d be able to do much more, but though I’m working on them they still are.
Once our vaccines kick in, we can look into having other people in the flat again (still taking precautions, because it’s not 100% effective). The main person I’m looking forward to seeing is Sammie. We want to set up a computer for her to use while here, but need to find a space for it. Hopefully we’ll get that sorted once we can have someone in to help get rid of some old stuff.