SARS-CoV-2 Vaccine Check-in

Hey folks, the purpose of this contribution is to share in detail the experience I’ve had in my body since receiving the Moderna vaccine 1 week ago the night of January 12, 2021.

The purpose of this thread is not to start a conversation about where to get vaccinated or the politics of vaccinations at this time. I invite anybody else who gets vaccinated to post their experiences here to gather intel on what responses folks might expect when being vaccinated with this new technology.
For a short explanation of the mRNA vaccine technology from a covid-19 specialist (and my mentor and teacher) visit Heather Zwickey’s instagram. In addition to the video I linked she is posting recent podcasts and in the comments she answers questions.

Day 1: I visited a practically invisible impermanent unit in the hospital complex at Harborview Clinic with 1 security guard standing outside. Likely because I have a phobia of needles, I was already experiencing mild nausea the day of the vaccine. I was vaccinated around 19:30 that evening. I barely felt it, it was over before I knew it. I waited in a waiting room 10ft apart from other masked, newly vaccinated people for 15 minutes like you’re supposed to. I moved my arm the whole time; people thought I was raising my hand to ask questions. No immediate symptoms were apparent.

Day 2: My (left) non-dominant arm is where I chose to be vaccinated. It’s tender to the touch and it has had no color or temperature change (and won’t). It’s tender to the touch and hurts like a deep soreness in about a 4 inch diameter around the bandaid.

Day 3: My whole arm is sore and pulsing with a deep ache. Arm = above the elbow and below the shoulder. When I roll onto my left side in the morning it wakes me up instantly due to the pain. The worst is raising it over my head where it begins to hurt in the shoulder joint.

Day 4: If I tried to sleep on my left side at any point during the night I had to pivot immediately to avoid pain and waking. The arm is very sensitive. I’ve been mildly nauseous and mildly tired for the past 2 days and today I am still tired. The pain has shifted to the back of my left shoulderblade. It doesn’t let up and it’s a deep, sore, boring pain. Today I can tell it’s the quality and intensity of the pain that makes me feel nauseous. And the fact that it doesn’t ever recede or change throughout the day. I got in my car to drive to visit a friend and was almost scared I couldn’t drive. With gentle reminding that this pain has a reason and nothing else was wrong with me I could function normally - if not a little more carefully and cautiously.

Day 5: I’m wrecked. My whole body is sore and I’m just having a garbage body kind of day. Not so much tired or nauseous though.

Day 6: The pain in the shoulderblade is almost gone. There’s a boring pain of a much smaller spatial area in the center of my back but it only lasts the morning.

Day 7: There’s a ghost of the pain there once was in my arm. I can lie on my side or take the weight of another person on my arm with only moderate discomfort. I realize the nausea from the past week has affected my appetite and messed with my eating schedule so I get really intentional about eating 3 meals a day (normal for me) + snacks. I have to be intentional to build it back up.

Day 8: Besides some mild stiffness in the left shoulder and shoulderblade it’s pretty much gone.

The pain kept me from my regular daily movement practices - but I already had an injury in my right arm that was limiting that. I stretch(ed) every morning, rolling my joints - which included my left arm - and during neck and side stretches. Most nights before bed too. Despite the pain I still continued to move my body and my arm. I practiced yoga 1-2 times with blocks.

So I’ve only had the first vaccine so far, and am scheduled to have the second in a few days. I was lucky and only had a few side effects: I felt depressed the night I received the shot (this is typical for me and vaccines, they drain me and make me feel a bit sick sometimes, and it sides on depressive for a night) and I had a hella sore arm for a few days. Other than that, I was fine! Fingers crossed for the next one :crossed_fingers:

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