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7 hours ago, KSera said:

How many hours total did his symptoms last? I'm trying to count the hours backward from your post, but am not doing very well with that. Was his shot yesterday morning, or the day before?

He got his shot at 10am on Thursday.  Started feeling mild symptoms around 6pm - minor chills and feeling off.  I got up around 5am and he felt pretty hot (fever) and feeling miserable.  The nausea was really bad in the morning but eased up and he had really bad chills until around 1pm.  He took another dose of Tylenol at around noon and started feeling better around 1pm.  Still had mild symptoms the rest of the day (fatigue, aches, chills) but very manageable and didn't need meds.  He took Tylenol before bed Friday night just to make sure he was comfortable sleeping.

 

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Just got the vaccine! Was just like any other going in lol. Too soon to know about side effects, of course, but I’l keep you posted.

I never expected I'd be getting my vaccine so early -- but I got my first Moderna shot today.   I was at the doctor's with my son for an appointment and it was near the end of the day and th

Got my Blue Envelope!  The appointment is this coming Sunday.  Woohoo!

All better today.

The strangest thing I feel down for two days and feel extra peppy the third day.

DH took yesterday afternoon off.

We will have food dropped off today by kind friends who will not listen.  Hugged a friend who came to drop off food yesterday too. That is the best part of all this.

So much grateful for a vaccine.  Also having access to a vaccine like Pfizer. We did not have to pay for it. So grateful for that too.

There are so many people in this world without access to any so immensely grateful for that.

Immensely grateful also for the vaccines that my family has in India so that they are protected which is a huge measure of comfort when death is stalking the people. It is horrifying and heart breaking to watch. The count just keeps going up.

Vaccines save lives. It cannot be stated enough.  

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I am 3 days post 2nd Pfizer shot.  Only had a sore arm for 2 days.  Was a little more tired and achy also, but we are also drained planning a funeral and dealing with my MIL on hospice.  So...who knows.

DH just had a sore arm again for a couple of days.  Nothing else.  Not as bad as the first shot.  That one his arm hurt really bad the first day, but it was gone after that.

 

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I was just going to do a quick update on my dd16 who had her 2nd Pfizer almost 48 hours ago.  She felt cruddy overnight after her vaccine, laid on the couch yesterday, took some advil midday.  Felt good enough to zoom into a dance class at 4:30, tired last night in bed a little early.  Good to go this morning!  Feels just fine. ❤️   

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I'm 24 hrs post 2nd Moderna shot. I've had the usual arm pain with a "flushed" feeling, adding a headache radiating from the base of my neck up and general achiness. I also lost my footing just a bit ago and would have gone down very hard on top of a chair I toppled, but caught myself on another chair. I thought I'd drive ds to his baseball game in a bit but now I think I'll have dd#2 do it as originally planned.

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@RootAnn glad you didn't fall and that someone else can do the driving.  🙂  

ETA - I also had the headache radiating from the neck up.  I've never had anything like that before.

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1 minute ago, Kassia said:

ETA - I also had the headache radiating from the neck up.  I've never had anything like that before.

Is it right at the back of the head? I think I have that, too. 

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1 minute ago, Dreamergal said:

Quick question, does anyone know how long it takes for the full protection of the second shot to take effect ? Thanks. 

2 weeks

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3 minutes ago, Dreamergal said:

Quick question, does anyone know how long it takes for the full protection of the second shot to take effect ? Thanks. 

Pfizer tested 1 weeks after the second shot, and they got their 95% efficacy from that. 

That being said, I'd guess that 2 weeks is even better. But I'm going to count myself as protected starting tomorrow 😉

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3 minutes ago, Not_a_Number said:

Pfizer tested 1 weeks after the second shot, and they got their 95% efficacy from that. 

That being said, I'd guess that 2 weeks is even better. But I'm going to count myself as protected starting tomorrow 😉

Thanks.

We are a group of 6 friends and we are planning an iftar (Ramadan breaking the fast meal) for just the us without kids and spouses.  I am the last to be getting the second shot so next Saturday should be good. Ramadan ends May 12th I think.  It will be in our friend's house but outside. Hopefully in the backyard if the weather co-operates or in the patio.  I am beyond ready to use this vaccine super power to meet people and have a meal together. 

 

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On 4/22/2021 at 12:05 AM, mommyoffive said:

Oh wow, thank you for posting that.  Do you have to be there in person to do that?  I don't have a store that close, but was thinking dh could take mine to the store when he is going to work. 

No. My sister actually took mine with her when she was going. I am sure you could send it with your dh. (The worst they would do is say no, so it's worth sending it with him.)

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Dd (22) got her 2nd Moderna on Thursday. She felt a little under the weather on Friday but nothing major. Said she was maybe running at 90% instead of 100%. (She has always been stoic.)

Ds (20) got his 2nd Moderna yesterday. He is a bit sore at the injection site. Late last night he said he was feeling slightly nauseated. He slept a bit longer this morning and has continued to complain about feeling slightly nauseous today. He napped a bit this afternoon. I'd say he probably feeling about 70% instead of 100%, based on how he looks and is behaving today.

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4 of us got the 2nd Pfizer shot this week. Other than being really tired that evening and a slight arm soreness -- we are fine. Even my allergy girl with asthma had no other side effects; they did make her wait 30 min. before coming home and her sister drove because allergy girl had taken benadryl just in case. The rest of us had no pre-medication.

 

SO GLAD THAT'S DONE!!!!

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DH had his 2nd Pfizer yesterday at 9am. In the middle of the night, he felt chilled, and by the next morning had a temp of about 100. It's been in the mid 99's all day. He feels okay but blah. Watching lots of TV. Hoping he perks up soon!

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22 hours ago, Not_a_Number said:

Pfizer tested 1 weeks after the second shot, and they got their 95% efficacy from that. 

That being said, I'd guess that 2 weeks is even better. But I'm going to count myself as protected starting tomorrow 😉

I didn’t know this! Yay! 

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23 hours ago, Stacia said:

Dd (22) got her 2nd Moderna on Thursday. She felt a little under the weather on Friday but nothing major. Said she was maybe running at 90% instead of 100%. (She has always been stoic.)

Ds (20) got his 2nd Moderna yesterday. He is a bit sore at the injection site. Late last night he said he was feeling slightly nauseated. He slept a bit longer this morning and has continued to complain about feeling slightly nauseous today. He napped a bit this afternoon. I'd say he probably feeling about 70% instead of 100%, based on how he looks and is behaving today.

Ds stuck w/ plain food (& little of it) yesterday. By late evening, he was starting to feel better (not nauseous anymore).

Both dc are feeling fine now.

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Is it crazy that I think my sense of smell was messed up for a few days by the vaccine? Nothing terrible, I never lost my sense of smell or taste but I had a phantom smell for 2 days. 

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I seem to be back to normal, more or less! Here's my timeline, for anyone who wants it: 

 

Sunday: got vaccine at 3:00 pm. Felt totally fine the whole day. 

Monday: had muscle aches that were partially vaccine and were partially the fact that I was running around with a kite on Friday. (I had the muscle aches BEFORE the vaccine, too, so that's not just confirmation bias.) 

Tuesday: muscle aches wore off, but I got a headache and felt kind of nauseous. 

Wednesday: headache improving, nausea improving. 

Thursday: nausea gone, headache still there but improving. 

Friday: headache improving: 

Saturday: headache barely there. 

Sunday: headache seems to be gone. 

 

I was also kind of out of it and clumsy the whole week. Like, I got some bruises I wouldn't have normally, because I kept walking into things. 

I would have been able to do all my normal activities every single day, although it was also not the most pleasant week. 

I'm very relieved to be vaccinated. We looked at potential places to buy today and it was a real relief to feel protected as we wandered inside apartments. 

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We went grocery shopping today to our local Asian Market. All 4 of us though kids are not vaccinated. We went early, did not let kids touch anything but it felt nice to do something we have done numerous times. They enforce masks.

I am going swimming next week. Pre-pandemic I swam 5 to 6 days a week. The last I swam was June 2020. The pool is my happy place always. It was the next thing on my list of things other than the one I wanted after the vaccine. 

I am going slowly to ease my way in. But I definitely will go. Saturday next is our gathering with friends, so I have good things to look forward to personally. It is the small things we did before without thinking that seem like such a huge thing when they happen. Grateful for the vaccine.

@Not_a_Number Hope you get a nice apartment at a good price. I read that NY has a glut of apartments. 

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I think I'm back to normal although I won't know until the Tylenol wears off in a bit. I feel much better.

Got Moderna at 11:37 am Friday. Very slight headache, tingling in shot arm.

Saturday afternoon usual arm pain, a "flushed" feeling, a headache radiating from the base of my neck up and general achiness. Also unsteady on my feet.

Definitely also "not hungry" which is very much not like me!

Saturday night (36 hours after shot):  mild fever, hot/cold, stabbing pain at the base of my skull (same place as previous headache but not radiating into a headache - just stabbing pain).

Fever broke at some point, but stabbing pain remained. Took as low a dose of Tylenol as I have in the house in the morning & then 7 hrs later.

I was really, really hoping for the great night's sleep that some of y'all report comes in this cycle. Certainly hasn't happened yet, unfortunately. I haven't slept through the night in almost 20 years or more than about 3 hours at a stretch in almost as long.

But, I think I'm over the worst of the side effects. Crosses fingers!

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36 minutes ago, RootAnn said:

unfortunately. I haven't slept through the night in almost 20 years or more than about 3 hours at a stretch in almost as long.

But, I think I'm over the worst of the side effects. Crosses fingers!

Glad you are doing better!  Isn't it a relief to have that done? 

Our sleep issues are similar - haven't slept through the night in...forever...no matter what.  And my sleep cycle seems to be that I wake every 1 1/2 - 2 hours.  I'm up at 3:30-4am no matter what time I go to bed.  

The second night after my Moderna shot I did sleep a little better, but barely.  I was really hoping to get a full night of sleep!  And 48 hours after my shot, I took a 40 minute nap.  Usually, if I try to nap, I wake up in about 20 minutes no matter how exhausted I am.  It's baffling how our bodies won't let us sleep even when we are so tired.  

 

 

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58 minutes ago, RootAnn said:

I was really, really hoping for the great night's sleep that some of y'all report comes in this cycle. Certainly hasn't happened yet, unfortunately. I haven't slept through the night in almost 20 years or more than about 3 hours at a stretch in almost as long.

Ugh. That sucks 😞 . 

I do sleep through the night but I'm super sensitive to my sleep cycles -- I get headaches very easily if I don't sleep well. It seems to help to wake up at the same time every day for me, but I would guess you've tried stuff like that. 

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A friend in India had both of the Indian vax shots, and several weeks later came down with a pretty bad case of Covid.  She does have other health issues, but she is under 40.  I hear she is now on the mend.

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Had my 2nd Pfizer dose 11am Friday

6pm - arm a little sore, started getting a headache 
 
7pm - realized I had no caffeine all day, iced tea cures headache
 
8pm - feel tired, lay on couch
 
9pm - got up, arm definitely hurt; felt hot/feverish so took temp - normal
 
915pm - checked thermostat, 77F inside, husband begins uttering choice words and shifts into HVAC diagnostic mode
 
920 - feel a little fuzzy, remembered I had not eaten dinner, A/C definitely on the fritz
 
1145pm - windows open, cooler outside, “fever” gone; arm hurts at the injection site appx 6” diameter, hurts worse than any flu shot - no redness or lump; slight real headache beginning, and tired, but high school child asked me to stay up to proofread a paper due by midnight; went to sleep about 1am
 
415am - woke up, arm HURT!
 
9am - woke and got up after restless sleep, arm still hurting but not quite as bad, true fever, 100.9F, general body achiness, slight headache 
 
Noon - slightly more headache, fatigue, arm pain starting to recede, little bit of cough
 
1pm - same as above but no cough, noticeable congestion in lower throat, fever 100.6
 
330pm - starting to feel better!
 
445pm - body aches mostly gone, hip joint still twingy, trace of a headache, slight upper chest/lower throat congestion, lifting of brain fog and more energy, fever gone
 
6pm - felt ok remainder and f evening, just tired. 
 
Very little appetite most of the day
 
Sunday - I felt fine all day, arm not even sore anymore
 
(copying over to the Pfizer-specific poll thread)
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1 hour ago, Seasider too said:
Noon - slightly more headache, fatigue, arm pain starting to recede, little bit of cough
 
1pm - same as above but no cough

I had similar experience with the brief cough after my second last week. I’ve seen everything say cough isn’t a side effect from the vaccine, and when others have reported it, I’ve wondered if they actually had Covid at the time they got their shot, but I know I didn’t, yet still I had 1-2 hour of a slight cough. Then gone. Such a weird thing. I can’t even think what the mechanism would be. 

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5 hours ago, KSera said:

I had similar experience with the brief cough after my second last week. I’ve seen everything say cough isn’t a side effect from the vaccine, and when others have reported it, I’ve wondered if they actually had Covid at the time they got their shot, but I know I didn’t, yet still I had 1-2 hour of a slight cough. Then gone. Such a weird thing. I can’t even think what the mechanism would be. 

The person who administered my second dose named it as a possible side effect. It was so very slight, I may not  have noted it myself had she not mentioned it. It came and went in a matter of hours. 

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So...I had my 2nd Pfizer shot last Wednesday.  Didn't really have much of a reaction to it and had zero side effect my 1st shot.  Today I feel achy with a minor headache and feel flushed.  No fever.  And feel a little congested between my eyes.  Wondering if it could be the vaccine so many days after the shot?!?!?!?

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I had my second Pfizer shot last Tuesday.  The injection site was red, swollen, and bruised looking.  It itched terribly for several days, but is better now.  It is still has a welt and is bruised, but doesn't hurt.  The tinnitis got worse after the second shot, but has stayed at that level since.  I talked to my ENT and she told me to make an appointment for a hearing check and then I can see her.  I have been tired off and on, and mild nausea.  This evening the nausea is worse and I am feeling really tired and chilly (no fever).  I was thinking I should be all over it by now since it will be a week tomorrow.

My DD who got her shot at the same time, did fine.  Just a tad bit of soreness at the injection site, a bit of fatigue the day after the shot.  She had a mild headache for a couple days too.

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44 minutes ago, mlktwins said:

So...I had my 2nd Pfizer shot last Wednesday.  Didn't really have much of a reaction to it and had zero side effect my 1st shot.  Today I feel achy with a minor headache and feel flushed.  No fever.  And feel a little congested between my eyes.  Wondering if it could be the vaccine so many days after the shot?!?!?!?

I wouldn't be surprised. My side effects lasted a solid week and definitely changed in type along the way. 

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2 hours ago, mlktwins said:

Wondering if it could be the vaccine so many days after the shot?!?!?!?

Yep, could be. Seen this same question a couple of times in this thread already. Drink some more water, get your rest. Hope it is gone in the morning.

I spoke too soon last night... I explained to my DH that the man with the screwdriver came back to shove it into the back of my skull around 12:46 am. Today, it is more like a pulled muscle in my neck than my horrible description above.

I would still do it over again. Can't wait to hit the two week mark... 

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Dh and I had our second Pfizer shots today and the guy at the pharmacy said we should wait twelve hours(!) before taking any Advil or Tylenol.  I wish I had asked him where he heard that.

Has anyone here heard that?  Is this based on new info (that I can't find anywhere)?

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12 minutes ago, DoraBora said:

Dh and I had our second Pfizer shots today and the guy at the pharmacy said we should wait twelve hours(!) before taking any Advil or Tylenol.  I wish I had asked him where he heard that.

Has anyone here heard that?  Is this based on new info (that I can't find anywhere)?

I've only seen 4 hours (to prevent suppressing the immune response). I made it a goal to hold out to the 24 hour mark, unless I was miserable, but I was starting to feel a bit better by then, and didn't end up using any at all.

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2 minutes ago, KSera said:

I've only seen 4 hours (to prevent suppressing the immune response). I made it a goal to hold out to the 24 hour mark, unless I was miserable, but I was starting to feel a bit better by then, and didn't end up using any at all.

Thank you.  I prefer not taking anything, but after the first one I felt so poorly I couldn't sleep, which wasn't helpful. 

I took the shot six hours ago now, and I had hoped to head off to bed feeling okay, but the headache and body aches have already begun.

I'm irritated with myself for not questioning him about where he got this info.

 

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14 minutes ago, DoraBora said:

Thank you.  I prefer not taking anything, but after the first one I felt so poorly I couldn't sleep, which wasn't helpful. 

I took the shot six hours ago now, and I had hoped to head off to bed feeling okay, but the headache and body aches have already begun.

I'm irritated with myself for not questioning him about where he got this info.

 

The only data I’ve seen showed that after 4 hours, there was no notable decrease in immune response. 

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We've all had both vaccinations now, so here's a recap of our experiences. All team Pfizer --

DS22 received his second vaccine on 3/25. He had nothing other than a very mildly sore arm either time. Nothing unusual noted since.

DH received his second vaccine on 4/8. He had nothing other than a mildly sore arm either time. Nothing unusual noted since.

DS25 had his second vaccine Saturday. The first time he had a very mildly sore arm. He woke up sore and achy after the second vaccine, but said it pretty much went away after he got up and moved around.

I had my second vaccine yesterday. I had a mildly sore arm with the first one. This morning my arm is probably best described as stiff--the entire muscular area between elbow and shoulder. It's not significant enough that I've considered taking any pain relief, and I suspect it will improve when I move around a bit. So far that's the only side effect I've noticed.

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11 hours ago, mlktwins said:

So...I had my 2nd Pfizer shot last Wednesday.  Didn't really have much of a reaction to it and had zero side effect my 1st shot.  Today I feel achy with a minor headache and feel flushed.  No fever.  And feel a little congested between my eyes.  Wondering if it could be the vaccine so many days after the shot?!?!?!?

Quoting myself -- LOL.  Yesterday wasn't great, but feeling much better this morning.  We are also preparing for my FIL's funeral on Friday and my MIL is still on home hospice so who knows what is going on with me.  Am very glad I'm feeling better today since there is so much to do.

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11 hours ago, RootAnn said:

Yep, could be. Seen this same question a couple of times in this thread already. Drink some more water, get your rest. Hope it is gone in the morning.

I spoke too soon last night... I explained to my DH that the man with the screwdriver came back to shove it into the back of my skull around 12:46 am. Today, it is more like a pulled muscle in my neck than my horrible description above.

I would still do it over again. Can't wait to hit the two week mark... 

I had that pain in my neck about 3 days after my second Pfizer.  I thought it was unrelated and I had slept on it wrong, but it is exactly how you describe.

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On 4/13/2021 at 4:55 PM, jpinal205 said:

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.

 

2nd shot update

 

Dh - undying gratitude for this thread and the warnings about gastro issues. Didn't really believe it until 36 hrs later. Could have been very ugly if he had gone onsite with clients. He stayed home to 'humor' me

Kids at home (25, 21, 21, 18) - sore arms and headache, back and neck pain, better 12-36 hrs later.

Dd (27) - light hives even with benadryl, sore arm and fatigue

I vomited on and off for about 5 minutes right after my 2nd shot. Was prepared this time and standing outside the car, The onsite doctor stayed with me. Disappeared as suddenly as it started. I had a fever and chills and headache for several days

Oldest has decided to get the J&J this week at his place of work

Glad we are done and can head home to NY to see my dad in a few weeks

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Guys...

We had Covid in December and we were SO sick, my dh and I.

Kids all had it but had milder cases.

So Monday, we all loaded up in the car for a lovely family field trip to the vaccine clinic at our friendly GP's office. All but my 13 yo because it's 16 and over in our state. This is for our first shot.

Monday we mostly had sore arms. All of us tossed and turned at bedtime because we're a family of restless side sleepers and we kept getting on our sore arms.

By Monday evening, my dh started feeling badly. He had a late night at work, not getting home till midnight and started running a fever around 11 p.m.. Took some Advil and went to bed around 12:30. At 4:30, 5 ish his fever spiked and he was shivering so badly he was shaking the whole bed. Got up, gave him more Advil and extra blankets and finally he dozed off around 6:30. He slept till 9 and then got up and ASKED FOR OATMEAL FOR BREAKFAST. Y'all this is huge. This man hates oatmeal with the heat of a thousand suns. He is a meat and potatoes guy, but he ate oatmeal for breakfast.  He was feeling better but not great. No fever. He went to work (I don't know if he was supposed to do that or not, but he did. His work is socially distanced and masked so there is that.)

He started feeling bad and shaking again around 2 and his co-workers told him to go home. He even had a friend text him with an offer to drive him home. (He should NOT HAVE BEEN DRIVING! HE SHOULD HAVE CALLED ME!!!!!!!!) He got home around three and he was shaking again. More Advil, some Gatorade and I sent him to bed. He aches all over and is so feverish.

Me and the girls are not feeling great. Our arms are very sore, we;re tired and kinda achy. DD16 is headachy. But we're coping. We're probably at 60%.  My dd19 says it feels like she took 2 benadryl and someone beat her all over.

My dh is in the bed and should stay there the rest of the day and hopefully tomorrow too.

Ill be totally shocked if my dh wants to go back for the second shot. He is so miserable.  

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6 minutes ago, fairfarmhand said:

Guys...

We had Covid in December and we were SO sick, my dh and I.

Kids all had it but had milder cases.

So Monday, we all loaded up in the car for a lovely family field trip to the vaccine clinic at our friendly GP's office. All but my 13 yo because it's 16 and over in our state. This is for our first shot.

Monday we mostly had sore arms. All of us tossed and turned at bedtime because we're a family of restless side sleepers and we kept getting on our sore arms.

By Monday evening, my dh started feeling badly. He had a late night at work, not getting home till midnight and started running a fever around 11 p.m.. Took some Advil and went to bed around 12:30. At 4:30, 5 ish his fever spiked and he was shivering so badly he was shaking the whole bed. Got up, gave him more Advil and extra blankets and finally he dozed off around 6:30. He slept till 9 and then got up and ASKED FOR OATMEAL FOR BREAKFAST. Y'all this is huge. This man hates oatmeal with the heat of a thousand suns. He is a meat and potatoes guy, but he ate oatmeal for breakfast.  He was feeling better but not great. No fever. He went to work (I don't know if he was supposed to do that or not, but he did. His work is socially distanced and masked so there is that.)

He started feeling bad and shaking again around 2 and his co-workers told him to go home. He even had a friend text him with an offer to drive him home. (He should NOT HAVE BEEN DRIVING! HE SHOULD HAVE CALLED ME!!!!!!!!) He got home around three and he was shaking again. More Advil, some Gatorade and I sent him to bed. He aches all over and is so feverish.

Me and the girls are not feeling great. Our arms are very sore, we;re tired and kinda achy. DD16 is headachy. But we're coping. We're probably at 60%.  My dd19 says it feels like she took 2 benadryl and someone beat her all over.

My dh is in the bed and should stay there the rest of the day and hopefully tomorrow too.

Ill be totally shocked if my dh wants to go back for the second shot. He is so miserable.  

Did everyone receive Pfizer?

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13 minutes ago, Syllieann said:

Even DD16 or is the age a typo?

No typo. She's 16.

Hmm...just saw that she's not supposed to get Moderna. Well...it's too late now.

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Dh and I had our second Pfizers yesterday afternoon.  Sore arms for both of us.  Dh is tired, but nothing more. 

I'm much better with the second shot, which may (or may not) have something to do with my drinking so much water I could hardly stand it all weekend long. 

Pharmacy guy who gave us our shots told us not to take ibuprofen or acetaminophen for 12 hours, which sent me here to ask whether anyone had heard of the 12 hour thing.

I still haven't taken anything, but I feel fine.  A bit wobbly -- the way I do after a hard workout... sort of like muscle fatigue.

I'm so grateful to have these vaccines!

 

 

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9 minutes ago, DoraBora said:

Pharmacy guy who gave us our shots told us not to take ibuprofen or acetaminophen for 12 hours, which sent me here to ask whether anyone had heard of the 12 hour thing.

I've heard things, but it's not usually very precise: like, you kind of want to let your immune system do its thing and not suppress it, but honestly, I'm not sure we know how long it's a good idea to wait... 

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41 minutes ago, Not_a_Number said:

I've heard things, but it's not usually very precise: like, you kind of want to let your immune system do its thing and not suppress it, but honestly, I'm not sure we know how long it's a good idea to wait... 

I wish I had questioned him on his source.  He was pretty confident.

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1 minute ago, DoraBora said:

I wish I had questioned him on his source.  He was pretty confident.

If only people's level of confidence was proportional to their level of knowledge... 😂

It sounds like he had the right idea, though! I'd be curious if he had more rigorous data than what I've seen. 

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51 minutes ago, DoraBora said:

Dh and I had our second Pfizers yesterday afternoon.  Sore arms for both of us.  Dh is tired, but nothing more. 

I'm much better with the second shot, which may (or may not) have something to do with my drinking so much water I could hardly stand it all weekend long. 

I really do think that drinking LOTS of water the day before, day of, and day after the shot — like way more than most people would normally drink in a day — really does help minimize the side effects.

I have a 30 oz water bottle and I made sure to drink 4 of those the day before and day of both shots, and day after the first shot. Then I kind of slacked off the day after the second shot, assuming I was out of the woods, and then on Day 3 I noticed that I was getting tender, swollen lymph nodes in my armpit. Drank two 30 oz bottles of water and within a few hours it was mostly gone. I made my kids drink tons of water the day before and day of the shot, and I know DS drank lots the day after (not sure about DD), and they have had no side effects at all. A friend who felt really ill after the second Moderna shot said that drinking lots of water seemed to help a lot.

So I would really encourage anyone who has a shot scheduled to drink a ton of water the day before/of/after the shot and see if it helps.

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