Monday, February 1, 2021

Pfizer Dose Number 2 - Setting Your Expectations


I want in for my second does of the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine on Friday and thought I'd report in.

In Missouri dentistry is classified as I-A which puts us pretty close to the front of the distribution line.  I had received my first dose on January 11th.

The first dose was a non-event.  I could barely even tell where the injection site was.  If I felt around on my shoulder, I could find feel a slight tender spot from the injection, but that was it.  Some of my team got the first dose that same day.  Not all of them, but some of them complained of a pretty sore injection site and some had night sweats that evening.  However, everyone was back in the office the next day and things were nominal.

I got my second dose on Friday January 29th.  That's where the fun began...

Once again, I didn't feel the injection and my arm didn't feel sore afterwards.  However, I woke up at midnight with horrible chills.  I could not get warm for several minutes.  I did manage to dose back off and woke up about 2:00.  As I got out of bed to use the facilities I had what felt like a really good case of the flu.  My coordination was off and aches ran all through my body.

I finally woke up for good at 08:00 Saturday and was feverish.  My temp was 99.7.  I got up and tried to function, but it just wasn't happening.  The aches and lack of coordination continued all day and I was also exhausted.  I ended up sleeping 2-3 hours in the afternoon and going to be about 21:00 that night.  Somewhere in late afternoon I began to feel like I had perhaps "turned the corner", but I still had a lot of general malaise.

As I type this on Sunday, I am feeling much better.  I'm not 100% yet but I am almost back to normal.  I should be fine by tomorrow.

I decided to do this post because I know there are concerns for some about dealing with malaise after the second dose.  I can tell you for sure, here is NO way I could have gone to the office yesterday.   I normally don't get sick very often so I was surprised it hit me this hard.  Hopefully my experience is a rare one.  I would definitely advised NSAIDs starting the day before.  I had intentionally not done that so I could truly experience if the response was "bad" or not.  I definitely had one of the "bad ones".  However I take comfort in knowing I would not feel like that for 2 weeks now that I'm immunized.

As a final statement on this post I will say, I'm am all about immunization.  That's the only way we will ever get past this thing.  Don't let me story scare you off from getting the vaccine.  It's a small price to pay.

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