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

What I Have Learned From Tracking My Menstrual Cycles

What I Have Learned From Tracking My Menstrual Cycles

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A few months ago now, I decided to start tracking how I feel each during my menstrual cycle. This was due to me wanting to figure out if there is a pattern to my moderate to severe physical issues I go through each month.

This tracking has given me more insight into what may be the problem. In this post, I wanted to sum up what I have learned and talk about my next steps in treating it.

What I experience during my menstrual cycles

I seem to experience a lot during my cycles! The following will be a break down of what my cycle days look like:

Physical and Mental symptoms

Days 1-9: These are the days during our cycles when estrogen begins to rise after having been low for a while. During this time I experience GI issues, sadness, irritability, happiness, headaches and usually some post-COVID symptoms (chest aches, tickly throat at night, post-nasal drip and itchy nose).

It seems like if I only have bad GI issues, I experience the sadness and irritability. If I only have really mild GI issues with the post-COVID issues, I feel happy. Weird!

Days 10-17: This is when estrogen and testosterone are rising up (days 10-14). Then on days 15-17, the estrogen and testosterone drop while progesterone rises. On these days I am happy, motivated, energetic, creative, confident, clear minded, sexual and deal with bleeding gums. I also have cravings for certain things on days 15-17.

Days 18-22: On these days, progesterone is pretty high and estrogen is rising up a little. These days are the worst for me. I experience severe GI issues, no sex drive, sometimes spotting (days 20-21), decrease in physical/mental energy, sadness, irritability, post-COVID stuff (chest aches and air hunger), lightheadedness and headaches.

Days 23-27: On these days, progesterone and estrogen get low. I experience cravings, appetite increase, nervous energy, bloating, aches/pains, itchiness, easy to tears over dumb things, laziness, insomnia, happiness at times, air hunger (day 26), chest aches (days 25-26), tingly left foot (days 25-26) and feeling ugly.

I also get pink eye at least once during my cycle and for the past 25 days have had stomach pains that do not go away that much with Tylenol. My belief is that these are only due to my post-viral condition and not hormonally related.

What I take from all of this

After looking over all of this, I think that I am very sensitive to my estrogen level rising. This is due to the fact that my horrible symptoms seem to happen when this hormone is starting to rise.

Symptoms of high estrogen or a sensitivity to it are said to be as follows:

  1. Bleeding and spotting
  2. Headaches/migraines
  3. Breast tenderness
  4. Mood swings
  5. Low sex drive
  6. Insomnia
  7. Brain fog
  8. Bloating
  9. Anxiety
  10. Fatigue during the day
  11. Terrible PMS symptoms

The above list is basically what I experience when the estrogen is rising. I can not find anything about rising estrogen causing GI issues though. Maybe it is just something that happens to me.

This past cycle was pretty bad with bleeding at days 20-21 and a scary, hard black clot falling out of me. This current cycle is also bad so far. I am on day nine so hopefully I will be feeling better tomorrow so I can have a break from this awfulness.

What I am going to do

I am not 100% sure on what will help me. My symptoms have been bad for years and I have yet to figure out things that reduce them.

The following is a list of ideas I came up with:

  1. Keep watching my carbs and doing IF- I plan to keep on doing this type of eating even though it really does not seem to be helping with my hormone issues. I still think it has benefits though.
  2. Keep taking anti-nausea stuff as needed (and I will need it for the foreseeable future!).
  3. Try breathing exercises- I read that these can help with mental distress so I am going to try and find some to do.
  4. Possible progesterone cream during my worst moments- On the most recent day where I was in horrible physical/mental distress, my husband put a tiny bit of progesterone cream on me as an experiment. This really calmed me down. I might apply some on other days that are like that.
  5. Take an antihistamine and avoid foods that are high in histamines- The Period Repair Manual book and ladies at the PMDD sub-reddit, mention hormonal issues as being a histamine intolerance problem. I may try to reduce the amount of histamines I take in and take something like Claritin to see if that helps any.

In conclusion: I still have a ways to go

It may take a while longer for me to fix or reduce these hormonal related issues I have. I am going to keep up the faith that I will find some relief some day.

Tracking how I am feeling each day has been really helpful and I highly recommend it for everyone. The is especially true if they are dealing with health issues that they are trying to figure out.

Here are some resources to look at regarding hormones:

https://www.composednutrition.com/blog/signs-of-high-estrogen

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-16961/a-28day-guide-to-your-reproductive-cycle.html

Do any of you have issues with your menstrual cycles? Let me know!

Thanks for reading!

#menstrualcycle #periodproblems #pcos #hormones #larabriden #pms #pmdd #symptoms #covid19

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

Melatonin: Not Just For Sleep?!

Melatonin: Not Just For Sleep?!

Melatonin is one of those popular supplements that can be found in a lot of stores. It is known as something that helps put people to sleep at night.

One might be surprised to find out that there may be other benefits that taking melatonin has. In this post, I will be discussing these possible additional effects.

What melatonin is

Melatonin is a hormone that is produced by our own bodies. It comes from the pineal gland which is in the epithalamus of the brain.

This hormone is made in response to darkness and helps to regulate our sleep cycles. Sometimes people may not make enough of it and finds that supplementing with it helps them. Others find that supplementation with it does not help them fall asleep.

Melatonin is sold in tablets, gummies, syrups and capsules. The strength of the doses ranges from 1-60 mg.

There may be side effects when supplementing with melatonin. They are as follows:

  • Daytime drowsiness
  • Irritability
  • Headaches
  • Stomach upset
  • Diarrhea

What melatonin may also do for us

There are said to be some benefits that melatonin has besides sleeping ones. They are as follows:

  • Provide antioxidant effects: It may be comparable to the antioxidant level of vitamin C.
  • May have neuroprotective effects
  • Cancer prevention
  • Blood pressure reduction
  • May treat acid reflux
  • May ease pain (ex. migraines and menstrual cramps)
  • May have anti-inflammatory effects when it comes to swelling, IBS (irritable bowel syndrome) and ulcerative colitis.
  • May help PCOS symptoms: Some evidence suggests that melatonin helps with menstrual irregularity, infertility, testosterone levels and hirsutism.
  • May boost the immune system.

Melatonin and COVID-19

For quite a few months now, there have been some blurbs about melatonin possibly being a preventative and/or treatment for COVID-19. This, like the other alleged benefits, are lacking evidence behind them.

How melatonin came into play for COVID-19 was when scientists noticed that melatonin users had seemingly lower odds of getting the virus. The scientists eventually came to find that they are 28% less likely to test positive for it.

It was also found that melatonin could possibly prevent severe disease and the development of becoming  a long-hauler.

There is currently a trial going on with melatonin as a possible treatment for COVID-19. The catch is that the dosage is very high- way more than what people would take in their daily lives.

My experiences with melatonin

I have tried supplementing with melatonin multiple times in my life.

There were phases I went through where I was not sleeping well for whatever reason. During these times I decided to take 1-4 mg tablets of it around 30 minutes before I wanted to go to bed.

Recently, I decided to try taking it everyday for PCOS/hormonal reasons. This is due to me having read about it in the  Period Power Manual as helping with PMS. For this, I was taking 2 mg before bed.

I can honestly say that every time I have taken melatonin, I have gotten bad side effects. It has not mattered the brand or dosage of them. Taking them makes me unable to stay asleep for long periods of time, gives me stomach cramps and makes me angry the next day.

Because of these bad effects that I get, I am unfortunately not going to be taking it at all anymore. The only reason why I would take it is if it is in indeed found to be a useful treatment for COVID-19. In that circumstance though, I would only take it for a short amount of time to kill off the virus.

Yes, melatonin may help with other things

It may or may not be a well known fact that melatonin could have benefits aside from helping with sleep. There needs to be more studies done on it though.

If you are considering taking it, do your research first.

Have you taken melatonin before? What was your experience?

Thanks for reading!

Some sources-

https://www.nccih.nih.gov/health/melatonin-what-you-need-to-know

https://www.biospace.com/article/study-suggests-link-between-sleep-supplement-and-covid-19/

http://medicine.buffalo.edu/news_and_events/news/2020/11/jacobs-melatonin-covid-12126.html

#melatonin #sleep #womenshealth #health #supplements #covid19