July

189 Million cases, 4 million deaths globally. 34 Million cases, 600k deaths in the US.

The United States looks to be flattening out around 50% fully vaccinated. Delta variant is hammering the unvaccinated folks. Delta+ is emerging in other countries now.

I’ve had one small lingering side effect from the Pfizer vaccine. My left arm (where I got the injection) will randomly tingle at times and feels like a fresh jab. It’s weird. Other than that I feel good.

We are fully open here in Washington State and it has been interesting. We spent a week at the beach and mask use was a mixed bag. I am still not comfortable in large crowds right now because I have no idea who is vaccinated or not, plus my son is not vaccinated so we have to be careful.

Things are slowly feeling “normal” again.

Vaccine Side Effects

I am a week pas vaccine number 1 (Pfizer) and feeling pretty good. The only lingering issue has to do with taste. I still cannot taste anything unless there is a heavy or strong flavor.

I was tired for several days and slept through most of that, with a few headaches and sore arm for a day or two.

Interested to see how I handle the second dose. My understanding is that my post vaccine symptoms point to the fact that I probably had COVID before we knew what COVID was.

In December of 2019 I traveled for work to an AWS event in Las Vegas. Roughly 7-10 days after returning I dropped. I haven’t been that sick in years. Cough, rattle in my lungs, unable to breathe with fever and fatigue. Was tested for flu and came back negative. The thought at the time was I suffered from Pneumonia. I ended up severely sick for 6-8 weeks before finally recovering. I felt like someone was sitting on my chest the entire time and taking a breath was brutal.

Second dose coming up soon. Will see how it goes.

Day Two/Three

Some follow up on my side effects from the vaccine on days two and three.

Day two sucked. Fever, sore arm and then I lost the ability to taste. My mouth has a copper taste to everything, and nothing tastes right.

Day three and I am still really tired and my taste is still off. Fever is down.

160 Million

160 million positive cases globally, 3.3 million dead. US 32.8 million infected, 584,000 dead.

Vaccine rollout across the US has been swift and massive in scale. The problem? A large group of citizens refuse to get the vaccines now. We are going to be stuck in an endless cycle of this until people do what is needed to get rid of COVID.

I have a huge phobia when it comes to needles and finally scheduled my first jab. The experience was quick and I am on day 2 now, feeling pretty crappy.

Symptoms/Experience:

  • 10-15 minutes after the Pfizer shot, I felt a tingling in my jaw and lips. Lasted 30 seconds and was gone.
  • Second day – Arm is sore. Slight fever, congested and cannot smell/taste anything.
  • Super tired.

I am taking it slow and drinking a lot of water. Will see how I feel the next few days and status here.

127 Million

Globally 127 Million cases. US is at a solid 30 Million. Global deaths at 2.7 Million with US deaths at 549 thousand.

Vaccines are rolling out swiftly across the US and it is interesting to see how things change. Mask use is still encouraged but there is a trend of “I got the vaccine, I don’t need a mask” coming on.

Spring break was a complete shit show, with the larger outbreaks happening at college campus events now.

My son will start back to in session learning on April 1st. He is unhappy about it because he feels this is yet another schedule change/disruption after being used to having school online. The new structure is a bit confusing with attendance happening twice per week, half days.

Students have returned in our area and, as expected, cases show up at schools. I wish we’d waited until September to get the kids back to class but there is money involved so here we are.

Brazil is a full on catastrophe right now. The President of Brazil is very anti-science and the numbers are staggering. There is a very real concern that new variants of the virus will hit hard and spread.

I’m of the mindset now that this is never going away fully and this will eventually be a yearly thing, even after the vaccines. Vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna appear to be the most effective at the moment. I am not eligible yet.

It has been a full year of working from home, school from home and generally everything from home. We’ve made the best of it. We’ve still been able to travel, spend weekends away when we could to go hiking and generally have been doing well. I miss going out to eat and attending events. I miss music most of all! Concerts are a lifeblood for me and not attending one has really bothered me. Hopeful we return to that soon.