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  • Yay O!

    Glad you're getting your shot!
    too bad they don't have a shot for French Boat Disease.

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    • I'm so glad so many of you have been able to get appointments! Some of the stories I've heard about the lengths people have gone to get their vaccine make me crazy! O, your French Boat Disease sounds extremely fancy and like what happens to Leo after a long night in Cannes, but ugh that no one can figure out what is really going on. Is it possible to get a referral to a new ENT and infectious disease specialist?

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      • O, I bet your tomorrow appointment will be fine. And if it’s not, they’ll schedule you for another. A friend of mine had a thing happen where she lost her license on the way to get the shot, and all they did was just give her another appointment a week later. Once you are on the books, you will be face to face with a person, and that will get you a shot.

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        • Good luck with your vaccines everybody!
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          • Got my first shot yesterday and it was easy peasey. I explained the sitch to the pharmacist and she was all like, "look we ain't the vaccine police, you are fine." and let me have the chubby asthma people paperwork instead of the frontline essential workers paperwork. I am not capable of faking that I have a job anymore ha.

            Had the chills last night, was shaking tiny little shakes all over, a bit headachey and went to bed at 9. Slept straight through til 11 today, tried to fully wake up for a couple of hours but gave up and went back to sleep until 3:30. It knocked me the fuck out. Arm is a bit sore and I'm still sleepy and a little headachey but otherwise fine so far.

            It was Pfizer, which is what I was hoping for so me and mr.o would be close to the same schedule immunity-wise. Some say that the second Pfizer shot is way worse, guess we'll see!




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            • Well done, o! Hope you feel better soon.
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              • I am so happy whenever people get their shot.

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                • When y'all schedule your shots, do keep in mind maybe needing some recovery time! In the 36 hrs from my shot, I slept 28 hours. It wasn't even like a choice or whatever, I literally could not keep my eyes open.

                  So if you've got actual jobs and responsibilities, you might want to take that into consideration. I think my SIL spent a couple of days with flu-ishness and a mild fever and couldn't get off the couch. But my parents and mr.o's parents were perfectly fine and dandy, with the same kind of shot.


                  Is it possible to get a referral to a new ENT and infectious disease specialist?



                  This dude was the only ENT in town who specializes in vertigo according to my doc, but maybe she's just biased against the other ENT dudes, I dunno? In our old town, we had lots of choices for everything but this new one is uh . . . not great when it comes to medical services. It's been hella frustrating. I can try to get a referral in the city closest to us that has real medical experts in it, but I would need to have someone drive me 2.5 hrs away, each way. And it'll easily cost me close to $1k if they do any diagnostics (my insurance covers nada of specialists -- the guy I just saw is gonna cost me about $600 already). Not keen on that, tbh. But obvs if this goes on and on and on and doesn't resolve on it's own like he said it would eventually, I'll have to consider it.

                  Kinda hoping the vestibular physical therapists I'll be seeing a couple of times a week will have lots of experience with this and give me good advice. Insurance isn't going to cover the thousands of dollars they are going to cost me either, but wevs!








                  But infectious diseases? I didn't even think of that. I don't think I even know what that is exactly as a specialty.




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                  • Yeah, they could at least confirm that it's not an inner ear infection like your doc originally thought and might have new plan of care options for you if they can attribute the vertigo to another finding. It's worth an ask for a referral if your only other option is to wait and hope it goes away.

                    As for the vaccine, it is a good idea to plan for a couple of days of PTO, especially after #2. I never have reactions to vaccines, but had some arm soreness with my first shot. I was a little sleepy and sluggish the day after #2, but it wasn't bad. My sister had swollen lymph nodes, fever, and fatigue after her second. She was worn out for days. Mr. Issie got his first through our hospital's family program once they relaxed the qualifications and he's a giant baby so of course he felt shitty afterward. He got chills that night and was fatigued the next day. He's scheduled for his second in about a week and a half so hopefully, he'll have a better reaction.

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                    • My mom got her first dose on Friday. She's great. Her arm is a little sore but other than that no side effects whatsoever. Three weeks till the next dose and she is free.
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                      • I got the J&J vaccine on Wednesday and I had terrrrrible side effects on Thursday, just about exactly 24 hours later. I felt fine in the morning and then by lunch time I was a weird combo of exhausted, chills, aches all over my body, etc. I was sprawled on the sofa all afternoon and then went to bed about 8 p.m. I took a heated blanket with me because it staved off the cold (it was 72 degrees in my house and I was shaking with chills off and on for hours). I felt pretty refreshed on Friday but had a headache for most of the day. So, that was neat!
                        Itís just really honestly so tiring and emotionally draining to have to get upset over reality constantly.

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                        • Oh, that all sounds rough, is! Yikes.


                          My Long Nap side effect was way more pleasant than what you went through. I guess the bright side is that you are one and done, and I still might have flu-y side effects to look forward to with my second one. You'll be out and about fully protected faster than us 2 shotters, too. I have big plans* for May, though!


                          *haircut
                          *mammogram
                          *going to the grocery store myself instead of getting it delivered
                          *finally getting a repairman in to fix the dishwasher which has been broken since December


                          One weird side effect from My Long Nap was that since waking up on Wednesday (so for the past 5 days) my boaty-ness has been reduced. Not gone, but mild enough that I haven't had any big balance issues and no falling down. I doubt it was the shot, but it might have been the extra sleep that helped me. I'm going to try to increase my amount of sleep overall and see if that helps it even more. Sleep is when the brain repairs itself, so maybe?



                          How was the actual getting the shot experience, is? Pretty efficient?



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                          • I drove downstate to rural Illinois to get it at a mass vaccination site. It was extremely easy once on-site. They had it down.

                            I'm slightly salty about the whole experience for different reasons (There's always room for bitterness). this site, got the info to my co-workers. So far, four others have gone and got vaxxed and each had a better trip down there than the last! Meanwhile, I went down and the weather was terrible. It rained for hours and hours there and back, my husband had a reaction and passed out while we were there so it was super stressful and scary! Meanwhile everyone else is like: Oh, did you tour the Victorian home district? It was AMAZING, etc. And I'm like: No... harrumph. Only one had side effects so far.

                            Anyway, grateful to be vaccinated and one and done~

                            Itís just really honestly so tiring and emotionally draining to have to get upset over reality constantly.

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                            • Is, you're free in two weeks! I'm so happy for you.
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                              • my husband had a reaction and passed out while we were there so it was super stressful and scary!

                                Oh, poor mr.is!

                                That suuuucks. I'm so glad he didn't drive out there by himself, though. Several people in the vax hunter group have mentioned planning on driving over 2hrs to mass vax sites alone, and other folks are like, "Um . . . maybe you shouldn't? Like, bring someone maybe?" It's all so unpredictable. Nobody could possibly know how they are going to react beforehand.



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