I am officially fully vaccinated!
Last week, I received my booster shot, and I am full of comfort knowing I am doing my part to stop the spread and bring us all one step closer to the end of this pandemic.
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How did I feel after the booster?
Well, let’s be honest here. It hurt a lot more than the first two going in. I barely felt the other injections, and this one made me wince for sure!
After coming home from the vaccine, I felt fine, but by later that night, my arm did become rather sore and felt “heavy,” making it difficult to lift above my head.
That night I slept fine, but woke up the following morning already feeling like all I wanted to do was go right back to sleep! For about twenty-four hours, I felt exhausted, barely able to keep my eyes open, and basically spent a full day taking on-and-off naps.
I was very fortunate to never experience a headache! I did have some body aches, but because I was sleeping so much, I did not have to fully experience them,
Two days after the vaccine, I felt like my regular self and haven’t had a complaint since!
Am I still wearing a mask?
I know I am more protected now that I am boosted, but I am in no way guaranteed to not contract covid. I feel safer knowing I am less likely to end up in the hospital, with severe symptoms or literally die, but I still don’t exactly want to get sick!
Masks don’t bother me, so for the time being, I am sticking with it.
Did the booster have any effect on my multiple sclerosis?
Initially, I was concerned at the possibility of receiving the vaccinations and if they could potentially cause an MS relapse. NONE caused my MS to flare, and I had no worse symptoms than others I know who have been fully boosted.
The National MS Society is recommending anyone over the age of five to get boosted, and I am just another positive statistic demonstrating that the vaccine WAS safe.
The numbers were scary this past month, and I’d be lying if I said I was not stressed.
But we all know stress and MS do not mix.
All I can do is try my best to remain healthy. I wear my mask in public, I exercise, I meditate, I read… and I try not to focus on the bad. I try to remain optimistic that this too shall pass.
I am looking forward to gathering with my vaccinated friends again, and more than anything, I am looking forward to spring weather! Let’s get out of these cold months and start hanging out outdoors again! About two months to go.
Speaking of two months, I will also be due for my next Ocrevus infusion just before spring begins.
I’d say that’s something to look forward to.
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Stay healthy. Stay safe.