We want to preface; we are in no way trying to convince anyone to receive the vaccination. Rather just sharing our experiences with it.
Kaitlyn is a nurse and Allyson & Audriana work in the field of Early Childhood Education. All three were able to receive the COVID-19 vaccination. Kaitlyn in Phase 1a & Allyson and Audriana in Phase 1b. To be honest, it was a hard decision to come by for all three of them. Kaitlyn received a lot of advice from doctors at her practice and Audriana and Allyson warmed up to the idea because the world going back to “normal” is something they wish for daily. As humans, we aren’t meant to be segregated and spread apart. Interactions with others keeps our mental health in check. Not having to live in a state of constant fear definitely played apart of their decision.
Below is the way our bodies reacted to the vaccine. We’ve known the vaccination to have different side effects on many people. Some have had absolutely no problem and some have had it worse that any of us. Sharing our experiences felt important since the vaccine is currently only available to essential workers, teachers and individuals 65 and older. We want you to know that this doesn’t mean your experience will be similar and we want you to know our views of the vaccination don’t need to be your views. This country is free for a reason. We hope if you’re waiting for the vaccine that you can get it soon. And if you’re not, please be respectful of others to make their own decisions about what is best for their body!
Before Kaitlyn walked into her first vaccination appointment, she was super nervous. The unknown is always scary. Especially because this vaccine was so new and was developed in under a year. Kaitlyn received the Moderna COVID vaccination. She noticed that she became very fatigued after getting it. The next day she felt foggy and overall, just out of it. As the day went on, she became achy, sore and exhausted. She took Ibuprofen and Tylenol to help, but it wasn’t an immediate fix. Her arm hurt, so it was hard for her to get comfortable to fall asleep that night. The next morning, she was still feeling off, but took Tylenol and Ibuprofen before going into work. The next thing she knew she was feeling better. Four weeks later was her second dose. It was not as easy as the first go around (if you would even call that easy). She became exhausted almost immediately after receiving the vaccination. She woke up in the middle of the night achy, sore, sweating, cold chills and feverish. Her fever was anywhere from 101.5 to 102.2. As a nurse, Kaitlyn knew how important it was to move her body and stretch her muscles, but that made the pain worse. It also made her so dizzy, which in turn made her nauseous. She took pain reliever, but still needed to call in from her clinical the next day. Everything hurt. Even her clothing touching her skin. She spent that day resting, took more pain meds at night, and was better the next day. The fatigue was still there, but it wasn’t as bad. Kaitlyn would describe her second dose as terrible.
Allyson & Audriana
Audriana & Allyson received both of their vaccinations at the same time. This really eliminated some of the stress and nerves about getting it. Both received the Pfizer brand. They didn’t even feel the first shot enter their arms. No pain what so ever. The only side effect from that first dosage is both of their arms hurt. It was like the pain of getting a flu shot, if you’ve ever done that. It was hard to lift up your arm. It lasted about a day and got better with Ibuprofen. After that, you wait three weeks for your second dose. The second dose was nerve wracking because they knew how the shot affected Kaitlyn. This time both felt the needle enter the skin. No other side effects occurred except for mild headaches. Honestly, both of them thought they were out of the woods as far as other side effects go. Unfortunately, that night both tossed and turned for a couple of hours. A lot of this was due to the pain from their arm, but they also both had night sweats and cold chills. Oddly enough, both woke up in the middle of the night and took pain reliever. They were both able to go to work the next day and other than feeling extremely tired, they were okay. They both felt aches and pains, but they were mild enough to work through, and Ibuprofen and Tylenol were helpful. The next morning both were good. Allyson and Audriana would describe their second dose as annoying, but doable.
None of us are Doctors…yet (Kaitlyn will be in August), so again we don’t know what’s best for you and your situation. Talk with your healthcare professional and make the right decision for yourself and your family. If you’ve recieved the vaccine feel free to share your opinions and experiences!