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2 hours ago, TexasProud said:

Thanks. Here is a pertinent quote from this article:

“If you really feel it, you’re mounting a really vigorous immune response,” says Sujan Shresta, a viral immunologist at the La Jolla Institute for Immunology. “But at the same time, just because a person didn’t feel anything doesn’t mean the immune response wasn’t vigorous. Each one of us makes a different kind of immune response.”

Now, at least, I don't have to feel bad if I don't "feel bad" after tomorrow's 2nd shot. 

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3 hours ago, TexasProud said:

About 36 hours post shot and neither of us has had any symptoms at all other than a very, very mild sore arm. 

I hope you and dh sail through without discomfort.  I know it was a huge effort for you to do this and you were really worried.  You deserve a break from it all.

8 minutes ago, Spy Car said:

Thanks. Here is a pertinent quote from this article:

“If you really feel it, you’re mounting a really vigorous immune response,” says Sujan Shresta, a viral immunologist at the La Jolla Institute for Immunology. “But at the same time, just because a person didn’t feel anything doesn’t mean the immune response wasn’t vigorous. Each one of us makes a different kind of immune response.”

Now, at least, I don't have to feel bad if I don't "feel bad" after tomorrow's 2nd shot. 

Bill

My body launched a full-scale protest that was most inconvenient, but is over now and I feel a great weight has been lifted.  Some of these vaccines just use much stronger doses than others. Dh and ds are bigger than me and they had no symptoms beyond initial arm soreness.  By my calculations, the Pfizer people are having the easiest time of it.  Maybe in the future it'll be possible to give lower doses or dose by weight? If I had it to do over, I would have rested the day I got the vaccine instead of going full steam ahead because I didn't feel anything.

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1 hour ago, Spy Car said:

Thanks. Here is a pertinent quote from this article:

“If you really feel it, you’re mounting a really vigorous immune response,” says Sujan Shresta, a viral immunologist at the La Jolla Institute for Immunology. “But at the same time, just because a person didn’t feel anything doesn’t mean the immune response wasn’t vigorous. Each one of us makes a different kind of immune response.”

Now, at least, I don't have to feel bad if I don't "feel bad" after tomorrow's 2nd shot. 

Bill

I'm getting my second shot tomorrow, too.

I am kind of hoping for mild side effects.  I take a weekly injection that weakens my immune system, so it would be a relief to me to have some indication that my body is building immunity.  

I think, though, that having symptoms doesn't really indicate that it is working or not.

 

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1 hour ago, Junie said:

I'm getting my second shot tomorrow, too.

I am kind of hoping for mild side effects.  I take a weekly injection that weakens my immune system, so it would be a relief to me to have some indication that my body is building immunity.  

I think, though, that having symptoms doesn't really indicate that it is working or not.

 

Best wishes on your vaccination tomorrow. We will be able to compare notes. I was surprised with my first shot that I got a bit of a reaction right away (as in almost immediately) that was beyond the feeling of just getting a shot.

It was so fast that I wondered if I was just having a psychosomatic response--but no--the achy arm thing persisted for a day or so. Not bad. Just immediate. I did not expect that (and still find it strange).

I kind of hoping for "mild" now myself--wasn't sure before if I should be hoping for a "vigorous response" in the form of feeling bad--or not.

I guess that whatever will be, will be.  I'm so happy this day has come. I'm sure you must feel the same.

I hope it goes well for you. 

Bill

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https://www.healthline.com/health-news/why-women-experience-stronger-side-effects-to-covid-19-vaccines#A-common-occurrence

"Experts suspect that in women, particularly premenopausal women, the levels of estrogen help activate the immune response to illness and, therefore, to vaccines. Men, on the other hand, have more testosterone, a hormone that can somewhat dampen or slow down the same response.
.......
In the past, Schlesinger said, a stronger response in females has been seen and studied in vaccines for yellow fever, DPT, influenza, and other illnesses. Schlesinger said estrogen encourages the body to produce more T-cells, the reactor cells that protect us, when a vaccine is introduced. Thus, he said, we see the quicker and stronger response many women experience."

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1 hour ago, Spy Car said:

Best wishes on your vaccination tomorrow. We will be able to compare notes. I was surprised with my first shot that I got a bit of a reaction right away (as in almost immediately) that was beyond the feeling of just getting a shot.

It was so fast that I wondered if I was just having a psychosomatic response--but no--the achy arm thing persisted for a day or so. Not bad. Just immediate. I did not expect that (and still find it strange).

I kind of hoping for "mild" now myself--wasn't sure before if I should be hoping for a "vigorous response" in the form of feeling bad--or not.

I guess that whatever will be, will be.  I'm so happy this day has come. I'm sure you must feel the same.

I hope it goes well for you. 

Bill

I had a very mild reaction to the first dose (Pfizer).  Just a little bit of a sore arm that only lasted a few hours.

Maybe I had a headache?  I have chronic migraines, so impossible to tell if it was related to the vaccine.

Maybe I had sore joints?  I have RA, so again impossible to tell.

I'm not really sure what to expect this time around, but I am so, so glad for the light at the end of the tunnel.

Best wishes.

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I got my 2nd Moderna last week and then went skiing. I was glad I did that same day, even though I wasn't sure if I should, but the nurse said it was no problem.  I did fine and made sure to stay hydrated. The next day and a 1/2 I  felt off and ended up with a mild fever of 100 and my sinuses were stuffy a bit, which makes my whole scalp tender.  Then another day after that just to get my strength back.  Just took it easy and read a book or watched TV. 

I wasn't sure what I would end up with the 2nd, as the first one I had a headache for 2 days.  This one didn't quite get there, but I did end up with almost migraine like headache the week before, that lasted 2 days and Tylenol didn't help much. I really was not looking forward to my 2nd as I didn't want the headaches to return, they tire me out. I don't know what the headaches were all about either, like why did I get them in the first place...

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5 hours ago, Junie said:

 

I am kind of hoping for mild side effects.  I take a weekly injection that weakens my immune system, so it would be a relief to me to have some indication that my body is building immunity.  

 

3 hours ago, Corraleno said:

 

"Experts suspect that in women, particularly premenopausal women, the levels of estrogen help activate the immune response to illness and, therefore, to vaccines\ . Schlesinger said estrogen encourages the body to produce more T-cells, the reactor cells that protect us, when a vaccine is introduced. Thus, he said, we see the quicker and stronger response many women experience."

I'm going for my 2nd Moderna shot on Thursday and hoping for mild side effects also for these reasons.  I'm concerned about how well the vaccine will work for me since my white blood cell count is always low and my estrogen level is also.  

 

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5 hours ago, Junie said:

I had a very mild reaction to the first dose (Pfizer).  Just a little bit of a sore arm that only lasted a few hours.

Maybe I had a headache?  I have chronic migraines, so impossible to tell if it was related to the vaccine.

Maybe I had sore joints?  I have RA, so again impossible to tell.

I'm not really sure what to expect this time around, but I am so, so glad for the light at the end of the tunnel.

Best wishes.

Me too. My 2nd is Weds! My DH had his first Pfizer over the weekend and he had nothing, except a very mildly sore arm. 

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3 days past Pfizer #2, and I have COVID arm, ack! So far, three raised, itchy bumps on the arm in which I was vaccinated.  [ETA: And...now my thigh. Same side.] They look and feel like mosquito bites. Supposedly this means a good immune response. 🙂

I also still have a bit of a headache.

DH seems fully recovered from his 2nd shot.

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I'm just back from the "Anointed Temple of Praise" (aka Kaiser Parking Structure # 2) and I'm now fully vaccinated with Moderna. Woo hoo!

Unlike my first shot, where my arm almost instantly felt sore, so far no reaction yet.

I did check both arms on the way home to compare them for any signs of tenderness. First the non-injection right arm (which obviously felt normal). Then the left (injection side arm).

The left arm had no tenderness, but for a moment I was alarmed that the skin at the injection site was all raised and deformed. What the heck is that?

Then I realized they put a bandaid on me :tongue:

What a maroon!

Bill

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Dd had her first Moderna shot today. So far, she is only complaining about a sore arm. Unfortunately, this means that her second shot will be the day that finals start for her. 🙄 Oops. Maybe she will be one of the lucky ones who has a bit of a headache, pops an ibuprofen, and goes about her day. I hope so, anyway!

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4 minutes ago, I talk to the trees said:

Dd had her first Moderna shot today. So far, she is only complaining about a sore arm. Unfortunately, this means that her second shot will be the day that finals start for her. 🙄 Oops. Maybe she will be one of the lucky ones who has a bit of a headache, pops an ibuprofen, and goes about her day. I hope so, anyway!

Can she delay the second shot until finals are over just in case she does have a reaction?  

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15 hours ago, Corraleno said:

https://www.healthline.com/health-news/why-women-experience-stronger-side-effects-to-covid-19-vaccines#A-common-occurrence

"Experts suspect that in women, particularly premenopausal women, the levels of estrogen help activate the immune response to illness and, therefore, to vaccines. Men, on the other hand, have more testosterone, a hormone that can somewhat dampen or slow down the same response.
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In the past, Schlesinger said, a stronger response in females has been seen and studied in vaccines for yellow fever, DPT, influenza, and other illnesses. Schlesinger said estrogen encourages the body to produce more T-cells, the reactor cells that protect us, when a vaccine is introduced. Thus, he said, we see the quicker and stronger response many women experience."

I wonder if a woman's time of month might have an effect if estrogen levels play a role? 

I've also been hearing reports about the vaccine affecting some women's cycles (most likely temporary)—I wonder now if that possibility is linked to the same? Fascinating stuff! 

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TMI, but, is anyone seeing or hearing anything about post vaccine bleeding in women? I hadn’t connected the dots to the vaccine until I just read something suggesting there are many reports in VAERS. The info was from a vaccine contrarian but just wondered if anyone knew anything about that side effect?

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46 minutes ago, teachermom2834 said:

TMI, but, is anyone seeing or hearing anything about post vaccine bleeding in women? I hadn’t connected the dots to the vaccine until I just read something suggesting there are many reports in VAERS. The info was from a vaccine contrarian but just wondered if anyone knew anything about that side effect?

I've been wondering this, too, actually. I remembered that someone mentioned it, because something is off with my timing this month 😛 . 

Mind you, I'm not regular in the best of times, so it could be random... but not if lots of people are reporting it! 

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1 minute ago, kand said:

I’m thinking the progesterone theory might not make a lot of sense, because so far it’s appearing there are actually fewer miscarriages in the vaccine groups in the non-vaccine groups, and you would think if it was dropping progesterone, that they would be in effect seen there. It did say that in that flu study the progesterone effect was non-significant.

i’m not personally concerned about it as a side effect, only that it would be nice to know whether we could attribute it to that, to know whether it’s something that warrants a follow up with the doctor. I assume if it doesn’t happen again next month, it’s nothing.

Well, I'll report that I totally forgot about this issue until I looked here -- I was just wondering what the heck was up with my timing, since I was pretty sure (but not 100% sure) that it hadn't been a month! 

And you know that I try hard to report if it was a confirmation bias issue 😉 . 

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53 minutes ago, kand said:

That article links to a Reddit thread about this, which I can tell has links to a lot of other Reddit threads about it, but apparently  Reddit now won’t let you read unless you are in the app 🙄, which I refuse to do. So, if anyone else sees anything interesting there, I’d love to hear. 

 

A different subreddit is where I’ve seen this discussed too, and why I mentioned it since I hadn’t seen it brought up here yet.

It's not something that worries me at all, to be clear. I just find the various shared experiences fascinating, and want to be prepared with knowledge. 🙂 

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3 hours ago, kand said:

I’m thinking the progesterone theory might not make a lot of sense, because so far it’s appearing there are actually fewer miscarriages in the vaccine groups in the non-vaccine groups, and you would think if it was dropping progesterone, that they would be in effect seen there. It did say that in that flu study the progesterone effect was non-significant.

i’m not personally concerned about it as a side effect, only that it would be nice to know whether we could attribute it to that, to know whether it’s something that warrants a follow up with the doctor. I assume if it doesn’t happen again next month, it’s nothing.

Not sure if you are familiar with these, but I have found the Reddit Covid19 and Medicine boards to be helpful. You can't ask for medical advice on either but they will discuss among themselves issues such as bleeding after the vaccine and possible causes or remedies they're using.

Covid19 discusses related studies but allows readers to ask questions in a weekly thread and they do answer many of them.

Just thought I'd throw that out there if anyone is interested.

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5 hours ago, MEmama said:

I wonder if a woman's time of month might have an effect if estrogen levels play a role? 

I've also been hearing reports about the vaccine affecting some women's cycles (most likely temporary)—I wonder now if that possibility is linked to the same? Fascinating stuff! 

Stress can also affect time of month and anticipating the vaccine is definitely causing stress

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1 minute ago, vonfirmath said:

Stress can also affect time of month and anticipating the vaccine is definitely causing stress

I really wasn't that stressed about the first dose, for what it's worth. I'm kinda stressed about the second one. 

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I was thrilled to learn yesterday that my college kid was getting her first Pfizer shot today. She had just returned to campus when we found out that all of the rest of us living with her disabled sister could get vaccinated in January--she missed it by a week. I was hoping her college would arrange to do all of the students on campus, but I think they can't vaccines for that at this time. But she's eligible due to communal dorm living and got an appointment out-of-town at a CVS. She's feeling very tired and said she fell asleep a half hour after getting home.

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I had my second Pfizer shot Sunday morning. 6 hours later I was tired and thirsty, similar to my reaction to the first shot. 14 hours after the shot I had flu-like symptoms, fever (I never took my temp but I'm guessing it fluctuated btw 101-102), aches, headache, loss of appetite, and the bulk of those symptoms lasted 24 hours. This morning for the first time I feel mostly back to myself, though my temp is still swinging a bit and I'm incredibly spacey! So far I've lost my phone, my coffee and my water, among other things. Like I put them down and literally 30 seconds later have no idea where they might be.

I also felt really overwhelmed and pessimistic about my life yesterday, not just about feeling sick, and wanted to mention it in case anyone else experiences the same thing. If I had to do it over again I'd pick out some music and a couple shows to binge, and the only food that appealed to me was chicken soup and mango lassis. Basically, I'd set up some self-nurturing activities and food and drink beforehand, when I was in my right mind and had the energy to do it. I can't believe how much I needed to drink. I'm also glad I cleared my calendar yesterday.

After the second shot dh and I were not ecstatic, as after the first, probably because we were both a little concerned about side effects, but this morning I'm so glad to be fully vaccinated and past what seems to the intense side effect window.

Dh, whose appointment was the same time as mine, had very little in the way of side effects--he was thirsty, again, and felt spacey and less productive than usual yesterday. My side effects were pretty similar to what dd18 had with Pfizer, and she was diagnosed with Covid toes last spring. I may have been exposed to Covid when she had it in the spring, and also when dd15 had it in November. 

@MEmama I may resurrect the Covid toes thread to update that my other daughter was also diagnosed this winter. Best guess is she was exposed in November. She is part of a Covid toes family study, since both our teens have been diagnosed. Dd15 declined having a biopsy of the skin on her toes, but I was interested to hear that they have been able to isolate SARS-CoV-2 viral fragments from other teens' biopsies in this study. 

 

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Chicago and surrounding suburbs have absolutely no vaccine appointments available BUT later today, at 3:00 pm, appointments for 1st doses will become available again. Dh and I hope to get an appointment anywhere we can.

I welcome any telepathic powers sent our way to get a coveted 1st dose appointment! 👍 🤞

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13 minutes ago, Acadie said:

I had my second Pfizer shot Sunday morning. 6 hours later I was tired and thirsty, similar to my reaction to the first shot. 14 hours after the shot I had flu-like symptoms, fever (I never took my temp but I'm guessing it fluctuated btw 101-102), aches, headache, loss of appetite, and the bulk of those symptoms lasted 24 hours. This morning for the first time I feel mostly back to myself, though my temp is still swinging a bit and I'm incredibly spacey! So far I've lost my phone, my coffee and my water, among other things. Like I put them down and literally 30 seconds later have no idea where they might be.

I also felt really overwhelmed and pessimistic about my life yesterday, not just about feeling sick, and wanted to mention it in case anyone else experiences the same thing. If I had to do it over again I'd pick out some music and a couple shows to binge, and the only food that appealed to me was chicken soup and mango lassis. Basically, I'd set up some self-nurturing activities and food and drink beforehand, when I was in my right mind and had the energy to do it. I can't believe how much I needed to drink. I'm also glad I cleared my calendar yesterday.

After the second shot dh and I were not ecstatic, as after the first, probably because we were both a little concerned about side effects, but this morning I'm so glad to be fully vaccinated and past what seems to the intense side effect window.

Dh, whose appointment was the same time as mine, had very little in the way of side effects--he was thirsty, again, and felt spacey and less productive than usual yesterday. My side effects were pretty similar to what dd18 had with Pfizer, and she was diagnosed with Covid toes last spring. I may have been exposed to Covid when she had it in the spring, and also when dd15 had it in November. 

@MEmama I may resurrect the Covid toes thread to update that my other daughter was also diagnosed this winter. Best guess is she was exposed in November. She is part of a Covid toes family study, since both our teens have been diagnosed. Dd15 declined having a biopsy of the skin on her toes, but I was interested to hear that they have been able to isolate SARS-CoV-2 viral fragments from other teens' biopsies in this study. 

 

The study sounds fascinating! Do you have a link for more information about what they are looking for? Thanks for letting me know it is being studied.
 

Also—glad you are over the worst of the side effects!

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Any hope that not having an immediate reaction to Modera (round 2) yesterday meant smooth sailing has unfortunately gone out the window.

Had a troubled nights sleep and now have a considerable headache and a general feeling of unwellness.

Up to caffeinate and hydrate. Hope that blunts the headache and feelings of malaise. May crawl back into bed. We will see.

Still no question in my mind the protection of vaccination far (far) outweighs feeling crummy for a day--but I'm in that weird twilight space that resembles the flu. Don't think I'm running a temperature, mercifully.

Bill

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18 hours ago, kand said:

 but apparently  Reddit now won’t let you read unless you are in the app 🙄, which I refuse to do. 

Just a note that I don't have the app but have been able to read the linked threads inside the thread you posted. Maybe try a different browser or opening the thread into a different window?

I had not heard this (bleeding) and it hasn't so far come up with us (1st shots of Pfizer/Moderna for 3 of us) but I'm going to keep an eye on it.

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31 minutes ago, RootAnn said:

 

I had not heard this (bleeding) and it hasn't so far come up with us (1st shots of Pfizer/Moderna for 3 of us) but I'm going to keep an eye on it.

I hadn't heard about it until reading it here last night but then saw it in the news this morning.  

 

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I will report in, for data purposes! Dh and I both had vaccines Friday! He got J&J and had a pretty robust immune response experience from 8 hours after until about 48 hours after: chills, sweating, low fever, and tired. He kept flexing his neck but said it didn't hurt. He took naps and worked on his computer. He chugged water, because y'all told me it would help. 🙂

I got my first moderna and had a sore, slightly knotted spot at the injection site for about 36 hours, but had no other issues. 

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4 hours ago, MEmama said:

The study sounds fascinating! Do you have a link for more information about what they are looking for? Thanks for letting me know it is being studied.

Searched quickly for info and couldn't find anything, but I'll let you know when I do.

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32 minutes ago, kand said:

If you happen to know where you saw it, can you point me that way? I’m still curious if it’s actually related or just any of the women having that random thing happened that month is attributing it to their vaccine.

 

https://www.health.com/condition/infectious-diseases/coronavirus/can-covid-vaccine-affect-my-period?fbclid=IwAR0C6wQMApnIyKgB5UBksdXRyZrUjupylEJz3ZAkqCBvRc_x1BFg1nL5um0

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3 hours ago, Spy Car said:

Any hope that not having an immediate reaction to Modera (round 2) yesterday meant smooth sailing has unfortunately gone out the window.

Had a troubled nights sleep and now have a considerable headache and a general feeling of unwellness.

Up to caffeinate and hydrate. Hope that blunts the headache and feelings of malaise. May crawl back into bed. We will see.

Still no question in my mind the protection of vaccination far (far) outweighs feeling crummy for a day--but I'm in that weird twilight space that resembles the flu. Don't think I'm running a temperature, mercifully.

Bill

I was wondering how you were doing, since we got our shots at almost the exact same time yesterday.

Sorry to hear you're not feeling well.  I hope it doesn't last long.

I'm doing pretty well.  I have a pretty bad headache, but it's just like the ones I get several times a week, so there's no telling if it's from the vaccine or not.

Dh got his shot yesterday, too.  He has some aches and fatigue, but is otherwise feeling fine.

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Ugh. It reads like, "Silly women, you are just making all this up or it is because you are stressed and don't realize it."

I suspect there will be a hormonal link to the vaccines found eventually to explain the late, early, heavy, extra long, etc periods. 

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3 minutes ago, RootAnn said:

Ugh. It reads like, "Silly women, you are just making all this up or it is because you are stressed and don't realize it."

I suspect there will be a hormonal link to the vaccines found eventually to explain the late, early, heavy, extra long, etc periods. 

Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr 🤬🤬🤬🤬

So typical.

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11 minutes ago, Junie said:

I was wondering how you were doing, since we got our shots at almost the exact same time yesterday.

Sorry to hear you're not feeling well.  I hope it doesn't last long.

I'm doing pretty well.  I have a pretty bad headache, but it's just like the ones I get several times a week, so there's no telling if it's from the vaccine or not.

Dh got his shot yesterday, too.  He has some aches and fatigue, but is otherwise feeling fine.

I'm bouncing back. The headache is not gone away entirely, but I've been feeling well enough to be out doing yard-chores (taking a quick break at the moment) and have not needed to crawl back into bed--which upon waking I fully expected would be today's plan.

I do think the coffee and heavy hydration helped me considerably. 

I rarely get headaches, but woke up (if that's what we call rising from a fitful sleep) with a doozy. It's just a dull headache now. 

I hope your headache passes soon. Sorry to read you experience them frequently.

Congratulations to you and your husband. What a relief to vaccinated!

Bill

 

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22 minutes ago, RootAnn said:

Ugh. It reads like, "Silly women, you are just making all this up or it is because you are stressed and don't realize it."

I suspect there will be a hormonal link to the vaccines found eventually to explain the late, early, heavy, extra long, etc periods. 

Ugh. 

For the record I am not at all stressed and the mid cycle spotting is something entirely new and I have been menstruating for 35 years. Which of course means I could be nearing my periods becoming irregular. But this would be the first sign of it. Certainly could be coincidence. But it is very strange. A headache would have been less of a coincidence because that actually happens to me sometimes. 
 

I guess we’ll see going forward. Right now it feels related. It happened 5 days post second Moderna shot for me. No other symptoms either shot besides a sore arm. Weird. 

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34 minutes ago, RootAnn said:

Ugh. It reads like, "Silly women, you are just making all this up or it is because you are stressed and don't realize it."

I suspect there will be a hormonal link to the vaccines found eventually to explain the late, early, heavy, extra long, etc periods. 

Exactly, that's why I didn't post it when I read it.  When I saw the headline, I thought the article would be more informative.  I also think a hormonal link to the vaccines will be found.  I worry that the people who think the vaccines will cause infertility will use this information as evidence that they are right. 

 

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I'm just popping in to say my husband and I finally got appointments this Thursday for our first doses of Pfizer. 40,000 people were already in the virtual waiting room when appointments opened at 3:00 pm. The location is about 1.5 hours away but -- I don't care. Hooray! 😄

Now I am going to clean all the things and prepare good food ahead of time in case we have a robust immune response.

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2 hours post-first shot for me and DS and so far, so good (I know it’s too early to tell). He didn’t feel a thing but mine felt like the needle was huge—it didn’t hurt, just felt big. 
 

The energy at the vaccination center felt like voting day to me—everyone was excited and happy and there was a communal sense of being of service, and all the workers/volunteer/national guard were soooo nice and seemed glad to be there...it was a lovely experience. 🙂 

 

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33 minutes ago, BeachGal said:

 

Now I am going to clean all the things and prepare good food ahead of time in case we have a robust immune response.

I am getting my 2nd Moderna dose on Thursday.  I don't expect to have much of a reaction but am spending tomorrow cleaning and doing laundry just in case.  Good luck!

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I mostly lurk but here's our family's vaccine experiences so far

 

My Dad (86)  - both doses of Moderna - Sore arm and fatigue

DH, dd(25), ds(21), dd(21), ds(18)  - first dose Pfizer - mildly sore arm

dd(27)  -first dose pfizer  - broke out in hives about 6 hrs post shot, benadryl for 24 hrs after

                                            she gets hives a couple times a year usually from food.

dsil  - J&J  - fever and muscle pain for about 12 hrs

I had the 1st dose of Pfizer with dh. Immediate onset of vomiting and nausea about 3 seconds after shot. Approx 5-6 min later it was gone like someone flipped a switch. No other symptoms. I have had similar reactions to IV meds before.

My oldest was scheduled for J&J this week. Not sure what he will do, Was reluctant to begin with

I'll update after second shots.

 

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Had my 2nd Pfizer and Dd had her 1st. I had less reaction with my 2nd shot than my first. Just a little bit of a sore arm. I made sure I drank plenty of liquids beforehand. Dd said her arm was kind of numb the next day, but it passed quickly.

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7 minutes ago, WildflowerMom said:

I’m hurting all over.   Dang vaccine #1 for fooling me into thinking I’d be fine for the second one. 👊🏼👊🏼👊🏼

Still better than a vent!  
 

This, too, shall pass. 

Yeah, it’s the awful but worth it. Feel better soon!

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12 hours ago, MEmama said:

2 hours post-first shot for me and DS and so far, so good (I know it’s too early to tell). He didn’t feel a thing but mine felt like the needle was huge—it didn’t hurt, just felt big. 
 

The energy at the vaccination center felt like voting day to me—everyone was excited and happy and there was a communal sense of being of service, and all the workers/volunteer/national guard were soooo nice and seemed glad to be there...it was a lovely experience. 🙂 

 

Your second paragraph: that was true for me too. My first Moderna shot was at a hospital center and it felt like great camaraderie. 

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