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COVID Immunity

November 9, 2021

I posted before I received two different vaccines. My initial vaccine was the AstraZeneca which landed me on my ass and the second was Pfizer which didn’t do anything.

I was told by my doctors that because of the extreme reaction to the vaccine that I would have a higher immunity rate than someone who did not.

My COVID Vaccines

The AstroZeneca is a viral vector-based vaccine. As I understand it, when it is delivered to the body through a virus such as a common cold virus the body fights the virus but also the vector in the virus creating your immune response and the antibodies against covid-19. The Pfizer is a messenger RNA vaccine. This means mRNA created in a laboratory when injected, teaches our cells how to make the protein that triggers an immune response producing antibodies

2 months later when I got my second shot, Pfizer, I was told, again by my doctors that because they are two different vaccines that work and approach the problem differently that I likely have a higher immunity.. CDC says the infection rate of those fully vaccinated is 0.0002%.. So apparently, my chances of getting covid are even lower.

COVID Vaccine, the Sequel

July 2, 2021

Yesterday, I got my second stab for COVID immunization. Last time I had the AZ inoculation and, while not an allergic reaction, my body reacted badly. This time I received the Pfizer vaccine. We will see how that works!

Pics after getting my 2nd Vaccine – 14 days, Baby!!!!

After My Shot

May 14, 2021

In case you missed the prior post, I had the AstraZeneca shot last Thursday and had an immuno reaction to the vaccine. I was laid out for several days, but was eventually feeling better.

AZ Vaccine

As you probably heard on the news with the AstraZeneca vaccine, there is a very rare but potentially fatal fatal side effect of blood clots. The biggest indicator of a blood clot is sudden increase in pain, including a headache. A second possible indicator is a shortness of breath.

On Wednesday afternoon, while I am dealing with my fibro flare that was stimulated by the vaccine response, I suddenly get a very sharp and dramatic pain in my right calf. To me, this did not feel like the normal pain I would have from fibromyalgia in that it was stronger in that single place and that it had a sudden onset.

Off the the ER I go.

Out for fresh air while waiting for test results outside OFH LHO Emergency Department

I was a little surprised that it didn’t take me right in, but I was triaged and registered within 20 minutes and took until near 10:00 at night to see a doctor. He ordered blood work.

an hour later I was back into the emergency rooms internal waiting room and set for another hour waiting for the physician to come around and give me the results. He reviewed everything and I was told that everything was normal except for the reading that says that no I don’t have a blood clot. I needed to get an ultrasound.

Of course ultrasound is closed at that our so I was given an appointment for later that morning at 10:00 a.m. at the hospital.

I’ve never had an ultrasound on my leg done before but not as uncomfortable as I was expecting it to be. The whole test took about a half an hour because she checked my blood flow all the way from my hip down past where the pain was in my calf. I was told the test results would be back in the ER by the time I got there.

So I had to go back to the ER, re-triaged, re-registered. After an hour of sitting in the emerge I was finally taken back to get my results. And I waited for another half an hour before a physician popped his head in. He asked me if I had a history of blood clots and when I said no he asked me what I thought why I had one and explained that it had pain and that I’d had a easy vaccine the week prior. The doctor just simply looked at me at that point and said “You’re all good. No Blood Clot.”

Big sigh of relief, for me & my friends that I was talking to online as well as family.

I Got my Shot

May 14, 2021

Recently, I received an email from Sobey’s Grocery stores in response to my request to be waitlisted for the vaccine.. They said, I was eligible for the COVID vaccine, for the AstraZeneca vaccine. Finally!!

AZ Vacvine

I went & signed up. It turns out the closest location for the shot was in the city a Gerrard & Vic Park. I’m sure there’s not a lot of you familiar with the geography of Toronto but from my home it is approximately 50 km or just over 30 miles ( just under an hour away) to that specific grocery store for my shot. But I was going to be going into Scarborough (East Toronto) anyways because of Lilly’s surgery. I figured I’d would kill two birds with one stone.

My Shot, Thursday

So my appointment was on Thursday, at 11:30am. It was super quick. By the time my brain registered the sensation of the needle, she was already putting it syringe into the sharps bin.So, even if you don’t like needles, it’s not that bad. I stayed the required 15 minutes. No reaction initially other than some moderate nausea.

Waiting n the cubical for the pharmacist to give me my shot

The nausea stayed with me for the day. I was a little tired afterwards & had a short nap which helped me feel a little better. Even went for walk with my sister in the evening.

My Reactions – That Night

By 2:00am the nausea was worse, so much so that I had an empty bucket beside my bed, just in case.

Shortly after that I noticed I was cold. I was eventually shivering despite pj’s and warm bedding. My temperature at this time was 38 & change in Celcius .

My arm was sore, but most people have that reaction. My fibro was triggered and my pain was climbing everywhere. At worst I’d say 5/10.

By 5:00 this morning my body had switched from shivering to sweating. I was also having a headache kick in. I took some Tylenol with codeine and was finally able to get back to sleep.

My Reactions – Next Day, Friday

I was abruptly woken up by my Mom at 10:30am for a temperature check. It was 36.8, completely normal. After checking Lilly & giving her meds (see her surgical post if you are interested), I went back to bed. Fortunately in the morning, the body wide pain had taken a step back and no more shivering or sweating. I did still have the headache, and the nausea but it was not as bad.

As the day wore on I’d flip from chills to overheating, but no temperature. The nausea kept up and I did rush to the bathroom with dry heaves. The body-wide aches went back up by bedtime.

My Reactions – Day 2 Post Vaccine, Saturday

Still has ongoing flipping between chills & hot flashes. Left arm still sore.. Ongoing body aches all during the day.. Still nauseous, but not actually vomiting..sent alot of my time resting.

My Reactions – Day 3 Vaccine, Sunday.

Chills & hot flashes completely abated by the evening and the nausea aswell. Still had body-wide aches & pains.

My Reactions – Day 4 & 5, Monday & Tuesday.

I think by this point I was completely finished reacting to the actual vaccine, whoever my fibromyalgia decided to react to the vaccine reaction. Oh so fun. So by the time I woke up on Monday I was in a lovely little fibro flare that has lasted several days. Only thing I accomplished was the opening & closing of my Tuesday Night Cub meeting.

So, by this point my actual immunoreaction to the medication in the vaccine was done, but not the end of this saga of my vaccine.. Read here for more on this story.

COVID Vaccine Eligibility

April 19, 2021

So currently in Ontario, where I live, there is a three tier plan, which itself is made up of stages.

Phase 1 is for High-risk populations including

  • Congregate living for seniors
  • Health care workers
  • Adults in First Nations, M√©tis and Inuit populations
  • Adult chronic home care recipients
  • Adults ages 80 and older
  • Adults with the highest-risk health conditions:

From this group, my Brother-in-law, my 2 nieces & my Dad were all quickly eligible for the first phase.

Phase II is described as Mass deliveries of vaccines. This is our current phasewhere we currently stand in the process. This phase includes:

  • Adults aged 60 to 79, in 5-year increments
  • High-risk congregate settings (such as shelters, community living)
  • Individuals with high-risk chronic conditions and their caregivers
  • Those who cannot work from home
  • At-risk populations

So, with that description,you’d think I would be eligible in Phase 2 for either Endo, Fobro, CFS/ME, etc.. but no.. here are the lists of conditions that apply:

Highest-Risk Health Conditions, eligible at phase I:

  • Organ transplant recipients
  • Hematopoietic stem cell transplant recipients
  • Neurological diseases in which respiratory function may be compromised (e.g., motor neuron disease, myasthenia gravis, multiple sclerosis)
  • Haematological malignancy diagnosed <1 year
  • Kidney disease eGFR< 30

Of these conditions, I have none. .

High-Risk Health Conditions currently eligible

  • Obesity (BMI > 40)
  • Other treatments causing immunosuppression (e.g., chemotherapy, immunity- weakening medications)
  • Intellectual or developmental disabilities (e.g., Down Syndrome)

Of these conditions, I have none. It’s interesting that someone who is so far they are morbidly obese has priority over someone with a heart condition..

I no longer has a BMI over 40.. At my worst, my BMI was over 50 ( I just looked that up & I’m like “Damn, Girl!”) My BMI is now approximately 33.. so, I’m not eligible for that either.

At-Risk Health Conditions:

  • Immune deficiencies/autoimmune disorders
  • Stroke/cerebrovascular disease
  • Dementia
  • Diabetes
  • Liver disease
  • All other cancers
  • Respiratory diseases
  • Spleen problems (e.g., asplenia)
  • Heart disease
  • Hypertension with end organ damage
  • Diagnosis of mental disorder
  • Substance use disorders
  • Sickle Cell Disease
  • Thalassemia
  • Pregnancy
  • Immunocompromising health conditions
  • Other disabilities requiring direct support care in the community

Again no Fibro, No Endo, No CFS/ME.. Whil those last 2 are considered to possibly be autoimmune, they are not classified as such. So instead I qualify due to:

  • Respiratory diseases – I have asthma. It is currently controlled & I would only need th ventolin for strenuous activity
  • Diagnosis of mental disorder – I have chronic depression, have since I was 16
  • Substance use disorders – I have an addiction to fentanyl – controlled & my last use was about 3 years ago.

I’m not sure what the “other disabilities ‘ entails.. But I doubt it covers the other conditions, but it’s so vague.

So, cuz I am depressed, cuz I used to need a puffer & cuz I like fentanyl a little too much, I am eligible for phase not cuz of the Endo, Fibro, CFS/ME. Apparently people with these condition are otherwise only eligible in stage 3 with the rest of Canada. That is unless their family doctor gets vaccines.

Do I Want the Vaccine?

April 15, 2021

For me, unless I’m told otherwise the answer is yes. I would not, however, get my shot done at a pharmacy or a casual clinical..There would be very few medical doctors around which would be a bad thing considering my allergies, several of which are medications.

Yes!

Which one?

The best description I can say about the vaccine and which one I want is based on a comment in with our Minister of Health stated that the’ “best one you can get is the first one available”, depending of course.on the issues like allergies.. & is in a clinic with doctors around, not at a pharmacy.