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.

111 Million

Today we are at 111 Million cases globally, with 2.4 million deaths.

The United States passed a grim milestone today of 500,00 deaths due to COVID.

A lot has happened since my last post on 12/30. Trump lost the election and claimed multiple times it was rigged. He pushed this narrative to a boiling point on January 6th where his supporters stormed the US Capitol. People died.

Joe Biden has been sworn in as President.

We are currently in a push to vaccinate as many people as possible and cases are starting to drop. While good news, the concern is that people will assume the vaccines have wiped this out and relax a bit.

My son will return to in class school on April 1st and we are excited and nervous. He feels it would be disruptive to return in person on a modified schedule for the remaining two months of the school year. I am worried teachers are not a priority when it comes to immunizations and hope that all of the teachers in our district remain safe.

On a personal note I have been in a bit of a funk. February is always tough for me. It is the time of year that my grandmother passed away and no matter how prepared for this I am, it still hurts and puts me in a mood. I miss her terribly and always will.

I also have many positives happening and I need to focus on that. My career has taken off, I am in a great relationship and finally feel supported for the first time in my life, and I enjoy watching my son grow up.

I need to focus on these things.

82 Million

19.5 million cases in the US. 338k dead. 3000 per day are dying.

Globally 1.7 dead.

Vaccinations have started and in the United States things are a mess. People are ‘jumping the line’ to get ahead of front line workers.

In Los Angeles the hospitals are turning away ambulances because they have no capacity due to COVID cases. Locally medical workers are concerned that the hospitals here are close to capacity.

The virus is mutating. The new and improved version spreads even faster now.

The mask/science vs open the businesses and schools debate rages on. People assault each other over this.

I am concerned we still don’t know enough about the long term effects of this virus and feel the vaccines were rushed. I am by no means an anti-vaxx person, I just want to see some long term study before getting jabbed myself.

President Trump is only concerned with conspiracy about losing the election right now. There was a massive bombing in Nashville on Christmas morning and he has not mentioned this at all.

The world is a mess.