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

Tested Positive for COVID-19? Here Are Some Tips!

Tested Positive for COVID-19? Here Are Some Tips!

I contracted COVID-19 early on in the pandemic (first week of March) and have since become a “long-hauler.” Knowing what I know now, I would definitely go about things differently if I were to get it again.

In this post, I will be providing tips for what to do when you are sick with COVID-19.

Tips for if you test positive for COVID-19

First of all, you should go get tested if you have ANY of the symptoms seen in COVID-19 infections. It is important to know for yourself and for those around you. One person can end up infecting many people.

  • Contact trace- Let people that you have been around in the days leading up to your positive test result that you have the virus. This is very important.
  • Let loved ones know that you have tested positive- This can be helpful so that they know what is going on with you and they will be able to check up on you.
  • Isolate yourself in your home- If you live with other people, try to isolate from them if you can. If you have to be in the same area, wear a mask and disinfect things you touch. Try to eat in a different area than the other person (or people) are in.
  • Get a pulse oximeter if you do not have one already and measure your oxygen levels frequently throughout the day. This is important because COVID-19 may cause life threatening dips in oxygen. Anything below a 95 reading is cause for concern.
  • Take supplements- There are supplements to take that may help when (and before) you have COVID-19. These include vitamin D, vitamin C, zinc, turmeric, magnesium, selenium, oil of oregano, NAC, ginger, Quercetin and B vitamins.
  • Take Aspirin- Taking a baby Aspirin everyday when infected with COVID-19 may be a good idea to help prevent blood clotting that is known to occur with it.
  • Treat your cough/sore throat- Cough medicine, hot teas, throat lozenges and Vick’s VapoRub may help a cough and/or sore throat.
  • Treat aches/pains- Using Tylenol and Vicks VapoRub may help the aches/pains.
  • Treat an upset stomach- Using anti-nausea treatments may help with this symptom.
  • Treat and monitor your fever- Using Tylenol to bring down a fever is a good idea. If it does not come down or gets really high, you need to go in for medical care.
  • Try steam treatments- If you are really congested, breathing in steaming water with peppermint essential oil may help.
  • Get nutrition in if you can- If you are having a hard time eating, try something like broth and saltine crackers. Have someone deliver you food if need-be.
  • Keep hydrated- Hydration is especially important when you are sick. Drinking something with electrolytes would be a great idea.
  • Sleeping on your front (prone position)- This is something they have COVID-19 patients do in the hospital. This may improve oxygenation of the lungs when you are weathering the COVID-19 storm at home.
  • Rest but do walk around once in a while- Many people have fatigue when they are infected with COVID-19. It is important to listen to your body and rest but it is also important to get up every now and again. This will help reduce the chances of clots in your legs. Do not do any hardcore exercise when you are sick though.
  • Take care of your mental health- Getting worried and stressed out about everything may make things worse when your body is trying to fight the virus. Listening to happy media and talking to loved ones may be helpful during this time.

Tips for after your COVID-19 infection

Once you feel the active phase of your illness is over, you are going to still want to be careful with yourself. Here are some tips for you:

  • No hardcore exercise for a while- It is important to not try to go back into your intense exercise routine after the acute phase of your infection. This is because the virus may wreck havoc with your lungs and heart so you still need to let your body rest for a while. I know that this can be hard for fitness enthusiasts but experts believe it is important.
  • Keep treating the lingering symptoms if need-be.
  • Keep taking the supplements and Aspirin.
  • Monitor yourself for any after effects that are especially troubling. Document them.
  • Consider seeing a doctor (s)- COVID-19 can cause some damage to organs and also abnormalities in blood work. It may be a good idea to consult with a doctor and decide if things need to be looked at.
  • Keep taking care of your mental health- Some people who have had COVID-19 end up with mental health issues. Because of this, it is important to monitor your mental health and act accordingly if you are having issues. Reaching out to your loved ones and/or medical professionals may help.
  • Breathing exercises- Breathing can end up being a problem during and after a COVID-19 infection. There are some breathing exercises you can find on YouTube to help with this.

In conclusion

Despite learning quite a bit about COVID-19 in the past 9-10 months, there is still a lot of unknowns with it. This can make it very scary for some people to think about.

Just know that not everyone ends up on a ventilator and needs a double lung transplant afterward. Also, not everyone dies or even becomes a long-hauler.

While there is no cure available for the common person, there are some things that one can do to help fight a COVID-19 infection off. I hope that these tips I provided will really be of benefit to anyone who reads this and has contracted the virus.

Have any of you reading this had the virus? What was it like for you?

Thanks for reading!

#covid19 #safeathome #maskup #virus #sick #symptoms #health #supplements

New Research Suggests Green Tea May Be of Use In The COVID-19 Fight

New Research Suggests Green Tea May Be of Use In The COVID-19 Fight

Yay for Matcha tea!

If you have read my other posts, you may know that I love tea. A nice hot, steaming cup is very therapeutic to me.

I came across recent articles from medical research sites that went over the possible use of green tea as a preventative and treatment option for COVID-19. Needless to say, this really excited me!

Health benefits of tea have been touted for a while now

Green tea has been gaining in popularity over the years. This is due to the benefits some researchers say that it has. They are as follows:

  1. May lower cholesterol
  2. May lower high blood pressure
  3. May help with weight loss
  4. Provides energy without jitters
  5. May help with skin conditions such as aging and acne
  6. May have anti-inflammatory effects
  7. May protect against cavities
  8. May help regulate blood sugar levels

These alleged benefits are said to be due to the tea’s content of a catechin called, EGCG (epigallocatechin-3-gallate). To get as much EGCG as you can, here are things one can do:

  1. Drink multiple cups a day- Research says 3-5 cups is best.
  2. Drink between meal times- This is so you can absorb all of the EGCG instead of having it bind to the food you are eating.
  3. Pick green tea with the most EGCG in it- Loose leaf teas with the most EGCG are Gyokuro, Matcha and Sencha. Tea brands that sell tea bags with the most EGCG include Celestial Seasonings and Lipton with Stash having the lowest amount.
  4. Go straight for the EGCG- This catechin is sold by itself as a supplement from a few different brands.

What the articles are saying (extremely simple explanation)

Green tea has been known to have a possibility of treating viruses such as HIV, Influenza and the Rotavirus. There are now a few research articles stating its use in the war against COVID-19, too.

The constituents in green tea (EGCG being one of them) are said to have antiviral effects. When it comes to fighting COVID-19, it possibly does this several ways. These ways include inhibition, interaction and binding activity

But wait, I have had green tea daily for years

I have been drinking multiple cups of green tea per day for years now and I still got COVID-19 in March.

This is probably due to me not drinking the kind of green tea that has a high amount of the constituents discussed in the articles and because the research is not definitive.

Green tea may not actually do anything

Some say green tea has health benefits, some say it has absolutely no benefits.

I do not think it will do miraculous things to our health but I am still going to drink it. If in the off shoot it is actually doing my body some good (maybe it kept me from having to go to the hospital?), then great!

The main thing I really love about seeing these articles is that there are people working immensely hard on trying to figure this new virus out. This gives me so much hope.

Do you like green tea? If so, what brand/kind do you drink?

Thanks for reading!

Some articles-

https://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-27545/this-is-how-much-green-tea-you-should-be-drinking.html

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7367004/

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/32720577/

#greentea #health #covid19 #covidlonghaulers #supplements #virology

My Post-COVID19 Chills- Did Vitamin B12 or Time Help?

My Post-COVID19 Chills- Did Vitamin B12 or Time Help?

As I stated in another post, I am 100% sure that I had COVID-19 back in early March. Since then I have been a “long-hauler” where I have suffered from many symptoms that pop up here and there.

The feeling of chills or shivers (with no fever) coming over my body has been pretty constant up until late July. Is it the vitamin B12 I began taking or has time been kind to me in that regard?

A little about vitamin B12

This is a vitamin that gets talked about a lot. Supplementing with it is touted as helping with the following health issues:

  1. B12 Deficiency- They say that many people are deficient in this vitamin. It may cause symptoms such as weakness, numbness/tingling, problems walking, fatigue, memory problems, shortness of breath, GI issues, moodiness, anemia and tinnitus. A whole host of things!
  2. Homocysteine levels: High levels in the blood may cause issues such as heart disease and strokes.
  3. Canker sores
  4. Nerve pain/damage
  5. Eczema
  6. Low cardiovascular endurance
  7. Depression
  8. Fatigue
  9. Chronic fatigue syndrome

The dosages range from 1-10,000 mcg depending on age and what one is trying to treat. Supplementing with the vitamin is said to be well tolerated in general but there have been some reports of nausea when high doses are taken.

B12 is sold by various brands in the forms of tablets, softgels, skin patches, powders, liquid drops and gummies. One may also be able to get B12 through injections and IV infusions.

Annoying chills

Having chills with no fever always seemed weird to me. Not only that but was incredibly annoying. I kept asking myself, “what are you doing, body?”

People on the long-hauler support groups would talk about having a fizzy and vibration-type feeling in their body. Vitamin B12 was something they claimed helped them. I have no idea if the chills/shivers I used to get a lot of are the same thing that they were/are talking about, but I decided to start taking B12 anyways.

I bought a bottle of 1000 mcg B12 tablets on Amazon in July. Since then I have been taking one a day. A lot of people have said that they felt an energy boost after taking the vitamin, but I really have not noticed that.

It was late July that my chills started to wear off which was shortly after starting the vitamin B12 tablets. At that point I was really close to five months since my initial illness. That seems like a point in recovery where a lot of COVID-19 long haulers start to have big improvements.

Since vitamin B12 is said to help with nerve issues, I wonder if that had something to do with the chills/shivers that would come over my body. If so, supplementing with the vitamin could be the cause of them lessening.

I am still not sure which one helped. Or has it been both?

In short, being a long hauler sucks

Yes, it really does.

It is shrouded in mystery. We really do not have a clue what is going on with our bodies-we just know we do not feel like ourselves anymore.

These obnoxious symptoms come and go for reasons that are not totally clear to us.

I am so glad that these chills have lessened considerably. Will they come back with a vengeance? I hope not, but time will tell.

Are you or someone you know a COVID-19 long hauler? What have your/their experiences been?

Thanks for reading!

#covid19  #health   #longhaulers   #symptoms   #supplements