After what feels like months of endless waiting, I am thrilled to say that I have had my first Covid vaccine! This genuinely feels like the light at the end of the tunnel that I couldn’t see for so long and I’m utterly thrilled to have had 1 out of the 2 standard vaccines to protect myself!
Now, I did do an IGTV video on my Instagram account about my Covid vaccine experience, but I thought I would write a post for those who don’t have Instagram and would prefer to read than to listen to me wale on and on.
So, let’s start at the beginning. I got the call to make an appointment for my first vaccine on the Wednesday 27th January in the morning. I was fresh out of the tub, felt as smooth as a dolphin after shaving my legs (completely irrelevant I know) and I think the GP receptionist was taken aback by my eagerness and excitement to arrange an appointment for the vaccine. So I made an appointment for two days time and I got off the thing feeling nothing but relief that it was finally going to happen! For those who are wondering, I am number 4 on the list for having the vaccine as I have Cystic Fibrosis and classed as CEV (clinically extremely vulnerable).
Then later on in the afternoon, still feeling as smooth as a dolphin, I had another phone call from the GP and my heart sank. I thought it was going to be a cancellation appointment and I was ready to curl up and cry with a box of Pringles. But…
I got asked to go down straight away to have the vaccine as there were spare leftover from the day!
After getting over the excitement of having it done sooner than expected, I raced down to the surgery like Lewis Hamilton after 10 cans of Red Bull and checked into the surgery and waited patiently. In what felt like forever, I get called in by the nurse into the examination room and she went through all the details of the vaccine and the whole procedure.
I got asked about whether I had any allergies, if I was in good health and she then told me I was to have the Astra Zeneca (the Oxford one) vaccine and continued to explain the side effects to me. She asked me if I was happy to have it done. Without a shadow of a doubt, I was ready! She then asked me which arm I would like to have it in (a tip here – have it in your less dominant arm). I got my left arm out of jumper, apologised to the nurse for showcasing my bra (thankfully I was wearing one of my nicer ones) and bing bang boo she injected the vaccine. She then preceded to ask me to wait in the waiting room for 15 minutes as I drove down and she wanted to make sure I didn’t have any reactions before driving home.
15 minutes later, I left the GP with the hugest smile on my face and drove home. Now comes the 12 week wait for the second one.
Now – the side effects. Guys, they’re gonna happen. I won’t lie, I felt the full force of them in as little as 12 hours after having it done.
It started at around 5am and I felt shivery. Very shivery. I couldn’t sleep I was shaking that much. I knew that was a side effect and endured it. I managed to doze back off for half an hour and woke up at 9am feeling like sh*t. It felt like somebody had come into my bedroom and zapped all my energy out of me. The shivering had stopped by this point (thank f*ck) I managed to crawl out of bed like a sloth, went to the bathroom and instantly had the feeling that I (*WARNING – please skip this next sentence or two if you have Emetophobia) was going to vom. Everywhere. I sat down on the floor and heaved quite a few times, but nothing came up thankfully and that feeling of nausea quickly came and went. To be honest, I’ve had worse nausea when I’ve been on Cipro.
I managed to stagger downstairs and I curled up on the sofa and literally fell in and out of sleep for the majority of the day. I managed to force down some toast so I could take my morning meds and also did my insulin. But apart from that, I slept like a new-born baby. It took me until 4pm that afternoon to get up off the sofa, change out of my Mickey Mouse pyjamas and into some New Look loungewear.
Oh, did I forget to mention about the headache? It genuinely feels like you have the worst hangover known to mankind. But some Paracetamol or Ibuprofen will take care of that.
Also the achy arm is a bitch. My achy and sore left arm lasted for about 5 days. Very unusual but it didn’t seem to be much of an issue to me.
After a good nights sleep, I felt 100% better by the Friday morning and was able to function properly again. One day of sickness is well worth it knowing I will be protected from Covid. I need to make this disclaimer, you may not experience the same side effects as I did. We’re all different and we are all going to have a different experience with this vaccine. Whether you have the Astra Zeneca or Pfizer one, it’s not going to be the same experience for all of us. Please bear that in mind.
Ok…this part is difficult for me to write. I want to shout from the rooftops for people to have the vaccine once they get offered it. But…I can’t preach to you if you don’t feel comfortable in having it done. It doesn’t sit right with me. Let me put it this way – the side effects of a vaccine beat the hell out of Coronavirus diagnosis. Don’t be like the man who went in to have his vaccine and turn it down because he didn’t fancy an achy arm the next day (yeah, I was perplexed also!).
If you get offered the vaccine but change your mind, please contact the GP or vaccination centre or whoever has made your appointment, the vaccine can be offered to someone who is on the list and it won’t go to waste. The last thing we need is wasted vaccines. We need to get out of this awful lockdown situation as soon as possible.
If you’re in two minds about having this done, I hope this post has helped you to make up your mind. If you have any questions about anything I have not discussed in this post, please don’t hesitate to DM me on my socials. I’m happy to ask any questions you may have!