My Moderna Experience: The Whole Story

My Moderna Experience: The Whole Story

I know that people have strong opinions on both sides of the argument on whether the vaccine is safe to take or not. For me, getting the vaccine was necessary. Please know that I support everyone’s standpoint and believe that they should make their own decision when it comes to getting it.

All that being said, I would like to provide my full experience of getting the Moderna vaccine shots just in case someone is interested.

A little bit about the Moderna vaccine

Before I go into my experience, I wanted to list a few things that may be good to know about Moderna. They are as follows:

  • It does not contain the actual virus but has the spike protein that is on the surface of the virus.
  • To be fully vaccinated, you need two shots that are administered 28 days apart. Two weeks after the second shot is when one is considered protected.
  • Its efficacy rate is 94.1%.
  • You should avoid taking Tylenol right before and shortly after the shots because this may reduce how well the vaccine works in you.
  • There have been allergic reactions reported so one should look up the ingredients and see if they have an allergy to any of them.
  • You need to stay in an observation room for 15-30 minutes after getting each shot just in case you develop an allergic reaction.
  • The side effects may include pain/swelling at the injection site, fatigue, body aches, headaches, fever, chills, nausea, dizziness, metallic taste in the mouth, dry mouth and increased urinary frequency.
  • Side effects are usually worse after the second shot.

More about the vaccines can be found on multiple websites.

My first shot

I was extremely nervous before going in to get my first shot. This was because of all the bad things that have been said about these vaccines (too new, rushed, dangerous, unknown long term effects etc.).

I was worried that I was going to be one of the people to have a horrible reaction and die or something like that. This ended up causing me to completely freak out and cry uncontrollably in the car outside of the building. Another reason why I was nervous was because of the risk of possibly catching COVID-19 from others in the building.

I almost ended up missing my shot altogether because I was crying so much in the car. One of the nurses called me though and told me that there was still time.

So I wiped my tears and entered the building!

I was still shaking a bit so I had a bit of a hard time filling out the sheet on the clipboard. One of the staff members was looking at me funny so my discomfort must have been visible.

When it was my turn, I just sat down and got the shot. I was surprised that I did not feel the needle at all. The flu shot is way worse for me as far as needle pain goes.

A couple minutes after getting in the observation room, I felt a strange high-like feeling. My heart rate also increased. I almost went up to the staff member in the room and told him that I was feeling weird but I decided to ride it out.

After 15 minutes were up, I departed back to my car. My heart was no longer racing at that point and I felt a sense of peace that I had gone through with it after all.

Pain in my arm started a couple hours after getting home and it was pretty uncomfortable. I waited until the next day to take Tylenol so as not to reduce the efficacy of the vaccine.

The pain did get even worse but Tylenol worked well for me. My husband told me to massage the area and this helped with the pain as well.

The arm pain lasted about three days and then went away.

I also had some bad pains in my legs that would occur when seated Indian style. At the time I thought that I had pulled something but now looking back on it, I believe that it was part of my body’s response to the vaccine. This lasted about four days.

The last thing I noticed that happened to me between the first and second shot was that of my hunger being greatly increased. It was downright uncontrollable. I basically had to give up intermittent fasting for many days because I just could not handle the sheer intensity of the hunger.

Like the leg pain, I did not connect the vaccine and the hunger together at the time. When I think about it now, I am pretty sure the vaccine is what caused this hunger shift. It might have messed with my blood sugar or something.

The hunger thing seemed to last up until my second shot and I am glad I only gained 2 pounds (it is gone now).

My second shot

I was nervous to go in for my second shot because I knew that the last shot could lead to worse symptoms than the first one. This time though, I did not have a mental breakdown before I went into the building.

There were only three other people getting their shots at the same time as I was. This was nice and made me feel a little safer.

I just sat down for the painless shot and went to the observation room.

After a couple minutes in the room, I began to have that high-like feeling again. My heart rate also increased. This time I was not very worried and just rode it out like the last time.

The arm pain did not start up for the rest of the night. I did get a little the next day but it was nothing I needed Tylenol for this time.

I did however start to get flu-like symptoms. They began as mild aches, some chills once in a while and a slight headache. These symptoms eventually got worse, with nausea and a fever coming into play as well.

It was not fun at all. I ended up having to take a Tylenol because the body aches were so bad and my fever got up to 101.3. It was confusing to me because I actually felt worse than when I did when I had COVID-19.

The yucky flu feelings lasted for about 2.5 days which was good. After that though, my heart rate increased by a lot and I also began to have a lot of shortness of breath. This was reminiscent of when I had COVID-19 because I started experiencing those two things for months after “recovering.”

Unfortunately, the increased heart rate and shortness of breath went on for about 7 days after the 2.5 days of the “fake” flu. I could not workout very well and I was worried that I would never go back to normal.

I did eventually go back to my normal self though. As of right now I am feeling really good!

I really hope that the Moderna works to protect me against a reinfection- or at least a bad one. I am worried though about the variants that are popping up because scientists are saying that the vaccines have a reduced efficacy against them.

Would I go through the flu-like feelings, increased heart rate and shortness of breath again? Yes. COVID-19 is a bad virus to get. I do not want it again and would not wish it on anyone.

So there is my story!

There you have it- my full experience with the Moderna vaccine. I wanted to put it out in the world for there to be another story to read about in regards to how the vaccine effected someone.

If any of you have further questions about my experience, please do not hesitate to ask me. I am an open book on it.

As always, thank you for reading!

#modernavaccine #covid19 #longhaulers #longcovid #health #symptoms

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

What I Have Learned From Tracking My Menstrual Cycles

What I Have Learned From Tracking My Menstrual Cycles

Find my planner here: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08KJGW4ZR

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

How This Menstrual Cycle Went

How This Menstrual Cycle Went

Pages from my planner/journal

I love to keep track of how my menstrual cycle is going in my planner. This is because I am still trying to figure out my body and see how I can make my cycles easier.

This past cycle is an example of a bad one for me and I wanted to share it!

A reminder of what our hormones do

Our hormones fluctuate in different ways throughout our cycle. Here is a brief overview of what they do in a 28 day cycle and what we may feel because of it:

Days 1-7: On these days, estrogen levels are up. This is when we usually are bleeding if we do get our periods. For some, these days provide relief of symptoms that may have occurred leading up to their bleeding. For others, the uncomfortable feelings continue or get worse.

Days 8-14: This is when estrogen and testosterone are high. Many may feel great at this time-mentally and physically. Those that are really sensitive to hormonal fluctuations may report PMS-type symptoms.

Days 15-22: The first part of this time in our cycles has progesterone levels rising as estrogen and testosterone fall. Estrogen rises up again towards the end. One may have mild PMS pop up from time to time during these days. This is also when more fat is burned.

Days 23-28: Estrogen and progesterone plummet during this time. This is typically when one will have more intense PMS symptoms if they get any at all.

As far as PMS symptoms go, there are said to be 150 different ones. Here is a list of them: https://drlisawatson.com/150-symptoms-of-pms

My recent, 28 day cycle

Days-

1-2. A little bit on the sad side. No real physical symptoms aside from bleeding.

3-9. Happy and motivated. Bleeding ended on day 5.

10. Horrible GI issues including stomach burning/cramping, severe bloating and intense nausea. Also, moody throughout the day.

11. Still felt sick but better than the day before.

12-17. Happy and motivated for the most part.

18. Horrible issues early in the morning- crampy abdomen, pain in ovaries, nausea, bloating, gassiness, irritability, air hunger and increased heart rate.

19. Full on PMS symptoms- headache, fatigue, lightheadedness, nausea early in the morning, air hunger, increased heart rate and moodiness the whole day.

20. Happy, feeling slightly sedated and lightheadedness.

21. Calm and happy.

22. Horrible day- Insomnia, crying spells, bloating, nausea, headaches, post nasal drip and feelings of panic.

23. Feeling off-balanced, neck pain, focused, motivated and itchy.

24. Pink eye, neck pain, itchy, motivated, calm and really hungry in the evening.

25. Itchy, really hungry, sad and groggy.

26. Really hungry, mild body aches, smelling like blood and craving chocolate.

27-28. Feeling cute for whatever reason, forehead zit showed up and had a good amount of energy.

Why did I have so many physical issues?

I can not figure that question out for myself.

I did not change my diet, take new supplements nor did my sleep habits change (in a bad way). Stress was also not a problem during this cycle.

After looking this all over, my thoughts have gone to a possible COVID-19 reinfection despite a negative swab test (they can be wrong) during this cycle. I am unsure of this though.

I have continued to take vitamin B6 each day but I do not think it is helping that much. Also, I had been trying out hemp for nausea but I determined that it was causing stomach pains so I did not use it during the cycle.

All that being said, I have no idea what makes my cycles more severe seemingly every other month. *Shrug*

Health Journaling will happen daily

Although I have not figured out what to do to make my cycles easier on me, I will still write down how I am feeling each day. Hopefully in the near future I will be able to look at my journals and find a clear pattern(s) that will lead to a reduction in symptoms.

Do your menstrual cycles vary in their intensity like mine do? Let me know!

Thanks for reading!

#menstrualcycles #periodproblems #pcos #womenshealth #hormones #sick #symptoms #journals