The booster shots for the COVID-19 vaccines are here!
CDC is recommending boosters be received 8 months after the second dose of the initial vaccination. However, people who are immune compromised due to certain conditions or medications are encouraged to receive the booster now.
Being on Remicade (and being old), my doctor said I was eligible for the booster, so I got mine yesterday. Easy peasy. No appointment needed. I simply walked into my local Wegmans store, went to the pharmacy, and got my Moderna shot. Since my records were already there from the first two doses, I didn’t even need to fill out paperwork; I was only required to show my vaccination card and to sign a form attesting to my Remicade therapy.
I’ve heard that the booster shots are only half the dose of the prior two shots. I don’t know if that’s true, but the syringe did look a little smaller. Of course, that may simply have been my own mind comforting me. Regardless, the shot was totally painless, just like the first two, and was over in a nanosecond.
The pharmacist provided the usual information on after effects, such as sore arm and mild flu-like symptoms, which I had heard before. However, he also advised that in a case like mine, where I had no after effects from either of the first two doses, I should anticipate that the third dose might hit a little harder. He suggested that I not make any plans for the following day.
So far, so good. My upper arm is a little sorer than it was the first two times, and it seems slightly swollen. I do feel tired and fairly achy all over, enough so that I’ve suspended my plans to go out to trim bushes and weed in front of the house today. Which is unfortunate because it’s starting to look like a jungle out there – all that rain recently!
Over the last year or so, I find that I don’t have the energy for that yard work. Believe me, I would be happy to pay some college kid or unemployed person $50 just to do it for me every few months, but there’s no one like that in my neighborhood – or at least no one that would be willing to do that work. Landscaping services are too expensive, and too intrusive. Guess those bushes are going to stay shaggy for at least another week. Ah well.
Thankfully, we seldom get visitors and thus far I’ve managed to keep the bushes trimmed enough so they don’t look too bad when viewed from the street. There are other houses that look worse than mine.
And I’m sticking with that story.
For those of you who may have noticed the extended lag time between my posts:
I’ve always said that when blogging was no longer fun, I would stop doing it. What with all the WordPress “upgrades” and the fact that I seldom have anything new to say, I believe I’ve come to that point.
I managed to boost my enthusiasm when I started taking and posting my own photos, but it wasn’t very long before I realized that pretty much anyone with a cell phone can take better pictures than I can. Photography, like blogging, has become too much work for the benefit I get out of it.
Not to say that I will stop completely. I intend to keep this site (and the mirror site) open for those of you who wish to spend time reading all those wonderful posts from my earlier years. From time to time, I may add a new post, should I have something to say or if I take a photo that’s share-worthy. But it won’t be often.
When time permits (those crocheted afghan orders are keeping me very busy, yay me!), I hope to catch up, and comment, on everyone else’s posts. I’ve made so many friends here and would miss you all if I didn’t keep in touch. Those of you who feel the same can also email me at email@example.com. I do check that email daily.
See you around, folks. Get your booster shot when you’re eligible, and everyone: stay safe and healthy!
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