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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.

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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!!

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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.