I Got My First Vaccine Shot and Here Is How It Went!

I Got My First Vaccine Shot and Here Is How It Went!

I did a post recently about whether I was going to get the COVID-19 vaccine or not. If you did not read that, the answer was that I would indeed be getting the shot.

I got an email a few days ago, saying that I was able to register to get a vaccine due to me being a licensed daycare provider. The kicker was that I could only get it the very next day if I wanted it. I was apprehensive but I decided to sign up anyways.

In this post, I wanted to talk about how getting it went! Read on if interested.

The vaccine I got signed up to get

As you probably know, Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are the ones available in the United States. I had been wanting the Moderna shot due my husband’s and other people’s experiences with it.

Low and behold, Moderna was the one they were offering me! I was really excited about that and felt like my dreams had been answered (corny, I know).

Getting the vaccine

Even though I had been excited the day before, I became really scared the hour before my appointment. This was due to me thinking about people who have had horrible reactions to the vaccines and people who have allegedly died from them.

I ended up having a horrible panic attack which involved screaming and crying while outside of the vaccination place. This made me end up almost missing the appointment but a staff member called me from inside the building and said that there was still time to get it.

I took a deep breath and went up to the building. The masked staff let me in and that was that. I was going to commit to getting the shot.

There was only three other people in the building which was nice. I was still very jittery from my panic attack though.

I got the shot and sat in another room for 15 minutes for observation. I then departed the building out into the freezing cold.

After getting the vaccine

Right after I got in the car, I started shivering uncontrollably. I thought I was having a bad reaction to the vaccine but my husband said that it was probably just because I was cold and still dealing with panicked feelings.

The shivering stopped and I was fine again. I did not experience any pain in my arm for the rest of the night but I knew that I would eventually.

Indeed I did.

The next morning, I had quite the sore arm. So much so that I had a hard time raising it and would not be able to workout that evening. It was not too horrible to the point of where I could not do anything however.

I also developed some intermittent aches in my left leg. I do not know if the vaccine or PMS caused it but it was slightly annoying. Tylenol eased the discomfort in both my leg and arm, thankfully.

My current state

As I sit here typing this (50 hours since getting the shot), I am able to raise my arm all the way up without wincing in pain. Success!

The pain in my left leg has mostly gone away which is great. I was also able to exercise about an hour before doing this post.

In conclusion

This first shot has not been bad at all. I am worried about the second one because I have heard that is when it really hits you.

I just wanted to post this to have another account of a Moderna experience out there on the internet for others to see.

Thanks for reading!

#covid19 #vaccines #moderna #viriology #longhaulers #symptoms #virus

Will I Be Getting The COVID-19 Vaccine?

Will I Be Getting The COVID-19 Vaccine?

The COVID-19 virus has disrupted the lives of almost everybody. Unfortunately, it does not look like it is going anywhere any time soon.

Luckily, scientists have been working around the clock and have come out with vaccines for it. While this may sound like a great thing, people are very conflicted on whether or not they will be getting the vaccine when it is available to them.

In this post, I want to discuss my thoughts on the vaccine and whether I will be getting it.

Being a long-hauler totally sucks!

Ever since the acute phase of my COVID-19 infection in March, I have battled post-viral symptoms. While I do not have as many symptoms anymore, I am still really sick of being a long-hauler.

I am coming up on a year of experiencing symptoms and I am very curious as to when they will go away completely. Or if they will ever.

The other thing that sucks is that I do not know the aftermath of the virus on my body. My doctor thinks what I have been dealing with is all in my head so he will not refer me to get tests done. I could be sitting here with fucked up lungs or a damaged heart and not know about it.

I really do not wish this virus or its possible after-effects on anyone.

Arguments for and against

The following is a list of standpoints of people who are for and against taking the vaccine:

  1. This was rushed vaccine. It takes a really long time to make them so it probably is not safe.
  2. We do not know what the long term effects of the vaccines are due to them being new.
  3. It can not be safe at all because there have been several people who had bad reactions to it.
  4. Lots of money and attention were thrown at the vaccine creation which is why it did not take as long to make.
  5. They will change our DNA.
  6. It does not completely stop people from getting the virus so what is the point?
  7. Can it really be worse than the effects of the virus?
  8. There is a 99% chance of survival so I really do not need this rushed vaccine!
  9. You would be dumb not to take it.

There are probably more standpoints than this but these are the ones I read the most.

Will I be getting the vaccine?

Yes.

I have to admit I am scared of getting the vaccine due to not wanting the side effects of it and not wanting my long-hauler symptoms to get worse.

On the other hand, I am also really scared of getting reinfected. Who knows what another round of this virus will do to my body. It may very well send me to the hospital and/or kill me. If this vaccine can prevent that from happening, then that is awesome.

I also am starting my daycare business up again. Even though I will only have one family for a while, COVID-19 can still make its way in. Being able to get the vaccine before trying to find more families is my plan right now.

Child care workers are supposed to be next in line in my state but vaccination is going slow across the nation. Who knows when I will be getting it-but I will be.

Decide for yourself

COVID-19 is here to stay and there is not much in the way of treatments for it yet. The vaccine is the only thing we have right now that might provide some solid help for us.

While I will definitely be getting the vaccine due to the reasons stated, it is important for you to make a decision for yourself. Do not let anyone sway you into one direction or the other.

I hope that things will be looking up for our nation by this coming summer and that all who want a vaccine can get it.

Thanks for reading and stay safe!

#covid19 #covidlonghauler #vaccines #prosandcons #symptoms #sideeffects

COVID-19 and Hair Loss

COVID-19 and Hair Loss

Hi all! I hope everyone that is reading this is doing as well as they can be in this crazy world.

I am over here living in what I feel is still a broken body due to COVID-19. It has been a 10 month roller coaster ride and I want to get off. I do realize that I do not have it as bad as others, but I am not back to 100% of my normal self yet.

COVID-19 is new and here to stay. There are many others like me who have gotten it and have been left with some unfortunate after-effects. Hair loss is one of them and I wanted to talk about it in this post.

COVID-19’s aftermath(in some)

All viruses can cause lingering issues after people recover from them. The difference with COVID-19 is that it seems to happen more frequently.

The term, “long haulers,” is given to people who have had the new virus and have continuously experienced symptoms for at least four weeks. There are many different symptoms that people experience as COVID-19 long haulers. These include the following:

  1. Elevated temperatures.
  2. Skin conditions- Rashes, a mottled appearance, swelling, dryness and more.
  3. Nausea and/or stomach pain.
  4. Diarrhea.
  5. GERD.
  6. Persistent loss of taste and/or smell.
  7. Weight loss.
  8. Allergy-like symptoms- This may include congestion, post nasal drip, itchy throat, itchy nose and itchy eyes.
  9. Ear issues- This includes ear aches, fullness, tinnitus and ear infections.
  10. Shortness of breath.
  11. Chest pain/aching.
  12. Fatigue.
  13. Hair loss (what this post is about!).

There are even more symptoms that long-haulers say they experience.

If you are reading this and you were just diagnosed or have not had it yet, remember that not all people have after-effects. Many people get through their infection with the virus just fine and are not left with any lingering symptoms.

There are currently a few theories as to why some people are left with these symptoms after having COVID-19 but no straight answers. Luckily, it is being studied more recently as many people are reporting that they are long-haulers.

While no official treatments exist currently for post-COVID issues, there are supplements and medications that can be taken that may help. There are support groups and even post-COVID clinics that can be of help.

Cause of hair loss after a COVID-19 infection

Hair loss post-COVID does not happen to everyone, thankfully. To those it does happen to, it can be very alarming and devastating.

Alyssa Milano, the actress, detailed her experience with hair loss after having COVID-19. She even put up videos of lots of hair coming out when brushing it. This may have been alarming to viewers and fans but it is the reality that some people face or have faced.

The exact name for post-COVID hair loss is called, telogen effluvium. Telogen is the name of one of the growth phases our hair goes through. It is when our hairs are resting instead of growing and it lasts for 2-4 months. Then the hairs fall out.

People who get hair loss a couple of months after having COVID-19 may be surprised by it and not connect the two right away. They are indeed connected though.

Telogen effluvium occurs because of stress to the body. COVID-19 puts our bodies through a lot (some more than others) so it is not too hard to believe that it may cause some hair loss.

Other things that can cause this type of hair loss include other illnesses, pregnancy, severe weight loss, medications and mental stress.

What can be done about post-COVID hair loss

Like with other types of hair loss, there are various ways to go about dealing with it. The following are some options that one may have when losing hair from telogen effluvium:

  1. Wait for the hair to grow back in- With telogen effluvium, the hair will usually grow back over time. It may be a good idea to wait a while if you can stand it. You may be able to get your hair cut/styled in such way that attention is not drawn to the loss that is happening.
  2. Shave it all off- This is an option if it is going to be falling out anyway and you do not mind not having any hair for a while.
  3. Wear wigs- There are so many wig options out there to choose from. You could experiment with them while you are dealing with hair loss.
  4. Minoxidil (or Rogaine)- This is a hair growth treatment that comes in liquid and foam form. One must be aware though that it comes with side effects such as itching and swelling.
  5. Fixing nutritional deficiencies- If the hair loss is associated with one’s diet, trying to get that sorted out may help.
  6. Changing or reducing medications- If a medication (s) is causing the hair loss, one can talk to their doctor about switching to a different one or reducing the dosage level if possible.
  7. Mental health help- If mental health is causing the hair loss, it is important to get help for it. This could be in the form of counseling and/or medication.
  8. Taking supplements- There are supplements out their that are said to help with hair growth. Be aware of any side effects they may have and the fact that it they may not work at all.
  9. Essential oils(possibly)- There are some essential oils that may help with hair growth. They need to be diluted and one can do this easily by putting a few drops in with their shampoo/conditioner.

Did I have the hair loss side effect?

Unfortunately….I did.

In mid-May (two months after getting COVID-19), I ended up losing hair in my temple area. It was pretty devastating to say the least.

I was lucky that the hair loss was not as bad as what other people have had to go through after having COVID-19 but it was definitely noticeable. At the time of Googling it, I came across the hair loss as possibly being due to hyperthyroid (that can happen after a virus) but now I know that it is a post-viral thing.

I knew that putting Rogaine on the area was an option that many have had success with but I was too worried about the irritation I would probably get from it. This prompted me to just roll on diluted rosemary essential oil to the areas twice a day with the idea that it most likely was not going to yield any spectacular results.

I am happy to say that a lot of hair has grown back in that area and it looks just like it used to. If it was the rosemary oil or time, who knows. I am not complaining.

In conclusion, hair loss can happen

Hair loss may be something you deal with after having COVID-19. Just know that there are some things you can do for it and that you are not alone.

Keep staying safe everyone! Brighter days will be ahead.

Some sources-

https://www.health.harvard.edu/a_to_z/telogen-effluvium-a-to-z

https://www.healthline.com/health-news/long-haul-covid-19-may-be-a-public-health-crisis-after-the-pandemic#What-does-the-future-hold?

https://www.uspharmacist.com/article/common-supplements-might-reduce-covid-severity

Thanks for reading!

#covid19 #hairloss #hairgrowth #longhaulers #symptoms #postviral #viriology

My Current Supplement Stack

My Current Supplement Stack

I have taken supplements for quite a few years now. The specific ones I take seems to change every now and again though. Because I am a COVID-19 “long-hauler,” I have taken advice from others suffering the same issues and changed up my supplement stack.

In this post, I wanted to share with you what I am currently taking and why.

My current supplement stack

Morning-

  • Ginger capsule- 600 mg
  • Vitamin B12- 500mcg
  • Vitamin D3- 2000 IU
  • Vitamin C- 500 mg
  • NAC (N-Acetyl-L-Cysteine)- 600 mg
  • Oil of Oregano- 150 mg
  • 10 strain probiotic
  • Pepcid
  • Turmeric “hot toddy”
  • 1 cup of grape juice

Afternoon-

  • Turmeric “hot toddy”
  • Vitamin D3- 2000 IU
  • Oil of Oregano- 150 mg
  • Red raspberry leaf tea (two cups)
  • Green tea ( two cups)

Evening-

  • Ginger capsule- 600 mg
  • Vitamin B12- 500 mcg
  • Vitamin B6- 50 mg
  • Vitamin D3- 2000 IU
  • Vitamin C- 500 mg
  • NAC- 600 mg
  • Oil of Oregano- 150 mg
  • Pepcid
  • CoQ10- 100 mg
  • Red raspberry leaf tea (1-2 cups)
  • Zinc- 46 mg

In addition to supplements above, I also take anti-nausea treatments as needed.

Why I take these supplements

The following is the reasoning behind the supplements I am currently taking:

  • Ginger- This is said to have anti-inflammatory and immune system boosting effects. It also helps with GI distress.
  • Turmeric- This is said to have anti-inflammatory and immune system boosting effects. It also helps with GI distress and
  • Vitamin B12- May help with nerve damage, homocysteine levels, depression and energy production.
  • Vitamin D3- Good for the immune system and our bones.
  • Vitamin C- Good for the immune system.
  • Vitamin B6- Good for the nervous system, nausea and PMS.
  • NAC- May help with lung issues, homocysteine levels, flu symptoms severity and chest pain.
  • Oil of oregano- May serve as an antiviral.
  • Probiotic- Helps the gut and immune system.
  • CoQ10- Helps with heart issues, energy levels and chest pain.
  • Zinc- May help with the immune system.
  • Pepcid- Helps with GERD
  • Red raspberry leaf tea- Good for the immune system, balancing hormones and the easing of sore throats.
  • Green tea- Provides antioxidants, may help the immune system and may lower blood pressure.
  • Grape juice- Prevents stomach viruses.

It may look like a lot

I know many people looking at this may think I take a ton of supplements and I guess it is kind of true. Just know there are people who take way more than this though (like my husband).

I am hoping that these help me and keep me healthier than I would be without them.

Are any of you taking supplements? If so, which ones?

Thanks for reading!

#supplements #health #immunesystem #covidlonghaulers #covid19 #wellness #sick #diet

Coenzyme Q10 For COVID-19 Long-Haulers

Coenzyme Q10 For COVID-19 Long-Haulers

There have been quite a few things that get recommended in the treatment for COVID-19 “long-hauling” symptoms. They are purely anecdotal but many of us who are dealing with the post-viral issues are willing to try different things that could possibly help us.

Coenzyme Q10 is one of the supplements mentioned by Long Haulers as being of use in the relief of some symptoms. I started taking it a few weeks ago now and I wanted to talk about it in this post.

What Coenzyme Q10 (or CoQ10) is

This is an essential nutrient found in the body. The levels of it decrease in us as we age.

It is also found in food with the highest amounts being in organ meats, mackerel, soybeans, broccoli, rainbow trout, peanuts and pistachios. Although these may contain more of the nutrient than other types of food, they still only have a very small amount.

Because CoQ10 is hard to get from food, many people choose to supplement with it due to the many alleged benefits it has. These benefits are as follows:

  1. May promote heart health
  2. May treat diabetic neuropathy
  3. May prevent or lessen headaches and migraines
  4. May help with muscle weakness
  5. May reduce chest pain
  6. May improve lung function
  7. May improve hearing issues and tinnitus
  8. May improve PCOS features- Fertility, acne, hair loss, high blood sugars, high cholesterol
  9. May increase fertility in men and women
  10. May strengthen immune system
  11. May boost energy
  12. May reduce blood pressure
  13. May improve gum health
  14. May act as an neuroprotectant
  15. May improve the look of aging skin

The reasons that COVID-19 Long-Haulers choose to take CoQ10 are as follows:

  1. Lingering chest pain
  2. Heart health- COVID-19 can cause heart damage, heart attacks and myocarditis.
  3. Muscle problems- Some Long-Haulers complain of muscle weakness, pain and tingling.
  4. Breathing issues- Many Long-Haulers have to deal with shortness of breath.
  5. Fatigue- Many Long-Haulers battle fatigue on a daily basis.
  6. Brain fog- Many Long-Haulers say that they have problems thinking and concentrating.

CoQ10 can be bought in capsules and powder form. The recommended dosage ranges from 100-300 mg per day. Side effects may include GI upset and insomnia.

My experience with it

One of my lingering symptoms since the acute phase of my COVID-19 infection in March have been chest aches. They have not been on a severe level but pretty uncomfortable.

I was really worried at first about what the aching could possibly mean. Thoughts of whether or not I had heart damage or some horrible chest infection, filled my head.

I could not convince my primary care doctor to allow me to have tests done on my chest/heart so I looked to the Long-Hauler support group for help. Some wonderful people there told me about how trying a CoQ10 supplement might help.

We actually had some in our cabinet so I decided to start taking 100 mg right away. I knew that people in the group were taking higher amounts but I am sensitive to medications/supplements and I did not want to risk having bad side effects.

After about a week of taking CoQ10, I can honestly say that the chest aches seemed to reduce in frequency. I would go from having them every night for the whole night to having them only last a couple hours.

The aches just kept gradually going away. I have not actually experienced any for almost a week now!

While I am really excited about this, I can not say definitively if there is a correlation or causation when it comes to the CoQ10 and the aching. It could have been just time that healed my chest- like the chills I used to get.

Being a Long-Hauler is tough

This virus is definitely not the flu and I hate when people say that. All of these symptoms that us long-haulers deal with can be annoying, scary and/or devestating.

While I am lucky that I do not have really severe problems that greatly disrupt my life, I would love to not have to experience any of my lingering symptoms anymore.

I do not know if CoQ10 is the thing that is helping me but since it is not hurting me- I will continue to take it for now.

Do any of you guys take CoQ10? Do you think it is helping you in any way?

Thanks for reading!

Sources-

https://www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements-coenzyme-q10/art-20362602

https://lpi.oregonstate.edu/mic/dietary-factors/coenzyme-Q10

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