I had my first shot of the Moderna vaccine this past Thursday. A slight headache and some minor lightheadedness. However, to be fair, I didn't get much sleep the night before and due to an early 'Mom, my car broke down...can you help'.....I didn't have anything to eat before I had to run out the door to work. BP, Oxygen and pulse were all normal and after some juice, I felt better. Nothing other than that. Can't realistically say that those side effects weren't due to lack of sleep & food. At any rate, here I am two days later and the ONLY side effect I have had is a teeny tiny bruise at the site of my injection. Heck, I'll take that any day over COVID. My friend just called. Another friend of ours, the husband of a woman who died from cancer, just passed away from COVID at age 64. This now has become very personal for me. I've known of a few, younger and very healthy people who have had COVID and survived, but this is the first person that I know that has actually died from this disease. Yes, this man had diabetes and Parkinson's which likely made it worse for him.
My message....this is very real. COVID kills and, IMO, the vaccine is well worth it. Think about it.....and make your own decision. When I got the call that I had an appointment, I was concerned because 12 days earlier, I had had two vaccinations.....my second shingles shot and my pneumonia vaccine. The CDC recommends waiting 14 days after any vaccination but ultimately, the decision was in the hands of my doctor. She was quite clear. The precautionary recommendation issued by the CDC wasn't based on ANY known adverse side effects and ultimately, she told me.....the slight potential risk of having more severe side effects from the Moderna shot was nothing compared to the risks of getting COVID. I got my first shot and immediately scheduled my second for February 4th.
I will still be careful, practice social distancing, stay home as much as possible, wear my mask and do all the other things that are recommended.
Dx 6/22/2006 IIA rectal cancer
6 wks rad/Xeloda -finished 9/06
1st attempt transanal excision 11/06
11/17/06 XELOX 1 cycle
5 months Xeloda only Dec '06 - April '07
10+ blood clots, 1 DVT 1/07
transanal excision 4/20/07 path-NO CANCER CELLS!
NED now and forever!
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