Eight days after getting our appointment for a Covid vaccine, we have a simple 40-minute drive from our home in York up the Maine Turnpike, then heading inland to Southern Maine Health Care in Sanford, Maine.
Earlier in the week we had learned from a good friend of her vaccination experience. After the first dose of the Moderna vaccine, I had a heavy arm and headache along with a metallic taste for about 30 hours.
After the second dose, my experience was magnified with chills, fever, fatigue, and muscle aches. After two days, I was feeling great!
Whoa! This may not be a walk in the park I had hoped for, but bring it on.
After a morning of light snow on the last Thursday in January, we arrive at the Goodall Medical Office Building in plenty of time for our early afternoon appointments.
Confirming that we are in good health, we complete the necessary paper work in a waiting room just off a larger room with curtained-off medical bays where the shots will be given. A little before one, a scheduler asks if anyone is done with their paperwork. I raise my hand as she says endearingly, Come with me honey.
Seated in a treatment room with the RN Anita, I strip off sweatshirt and long sleeve tee. Putting me at ease, she asks me which arm I would like to use. Knowing there could be a reaction, I opt for the left since I need my right hand for the remote for Sports Center. Though Hannah said she didn’t even know that the needle went in, I feel a slight sensation that wouldn’t even get to one on the 1 to 10 pain scale.
And that is it. She signs my card which notes the Pfizer vaccine and I am led to another waiting room for the fifteen minute observation period.
Without symptoms, as it is with Hannah, we shoot the breeze with the scheduling nurse who let’s us know that her mom is still behind 40,000 other Mainers for the vaccine. The center schedules eight vaccinations every 15 minutes and does 240 vaccinations each and every day as one of the many locations providing this service. Earlier, we had learned that there are 193,000 Mainers over 70 ready for vaccinations. I don’t hear of many people refusing the vaccinations now that they are here.
As we leave the clinic, I’m walking on air. It feels like Christmas. We just hit the daily double. With the Pfizer vaccine, we only wait three weeks for our second dose.
Driving to Moody Beach to celebrate, we walk the shoreline of the Atlantic Ocean at 32F under threatening skies, We know this is the time to walk since tomorrow morning the wind chill on the coast of Maine will be -9F.
On Friday morning, my upper left arm is tender similar to what I felt with my Shingles shots but no big deal. I found it mildly uncomfortable to roll over onto my left arm in the night. That said, I am able to do my morning stretches, lift my small weights, and later workout at the gym.
This Saturday morning (January 30, 2021) before I post this blog, I have no side effects but one.