This is a red-letter day for us because it’s the day that Terry and I get our second Moderna COVID-19 vaccinations. We have been looking forward to this for a long time, and though, as I’ve said before, we will continue to wear a mask and practice social distancing, we feel like a large weight is going to be lifted off of our shoulders. Now, if we could just get the rest of the country vaccinated, young and old.
Of course part of that will be convincing a lot of people to get the shots. It saddens me to know that so many people are so foolish that they would not. Trust me, Bill Gates is not going to put a microchip in you. You already carry a telephone around in your back pocket that tells him and anybody else in the world that wants to know everything about you. Take your tinfoil hat off, roll up your sleeve, and we might all see some daylight at the end of this long, dark tunnel.
We didn’t really feel any bad effects after our first vaccinations, and we are hoping for the same this time around. However, we are aware that many people do experience achiness, fatigue, and other flulike symptoms for a day or two after the second shot. That’s fine, we’ve got Tylenol, and when we get home, Terry has some delicious homemade chicken noodle soup waiting for us.
I spent most of yesterday working on Boom And Bust, the third book in my Tinder Street series. I have only got about 5,500 words in so far, but it’s nice to get back to the McNally, Morgan, and Wirtz families. They have some good days and, unfortunately, some bleak ones as well in store for them.
After a delicious dinner of Terry’s beer battered cod, we spent the evening relaxing and watching TV. Sunday nights mean another episode of All Creatures Great And Small, based on the wonderful books by veterinarian James Harriet in 1930s Yorkshire. Last night was the season finale, and we will be looking forward to its return.
Another British show we have gotten hooked on, and have been binge watching earlier episodes of on Netflix, is Last Tango In Halifax. Current episodes are also on Masterpiece Theatre on PBS. It’s a romantic comedy about two 70-something widowed people who were sweet on each other as teenagers and reunite and fall in love all over again.
And finally, here’s a chuckle to start your day from the collection of funny signs we see in our travels and that our readers share with us.
Congratulations Beckie Dobbins, winner of our drawing for a copy of The Trench Coat Chronicles, a short story anthology from several top-notch authors, with a blend of mystery and whimsy, along with characters from detectives, villains, and spies to flashers and femme fatales you will enjoy getting to know. We had 64 entries this time around. Stay tuned, a new contest starts soon.
Thought For The Day – When you have a hammer in your hand, everything around you starts looking like a nail.
Nick, I have had my 2nd shot; no major issues. But I wanted to let you know that I have been told that you are NOT to take any pain med after your 2nd shot for the 1st 6-8 hours after you get your shot. I guess it has some impact on how the vaccine works?? Just thought I would pass this on. s
So glad you found Last Tango! We have watched it since the beginning. Such a fun show, even though things do take a serious turn in some episodes.
Can one take painkillers before or after getting virus vaccine?
By Marilynn Marchione
AP CHIEF MEDICAL WRITER
It is best to avoid painkillers before and after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine, unless you routinely take them for a medical condition.
Although the evidence is limited, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says some painkillers might interfere with the very thing the vaccine is trying to do: generate a strong immune system response.
Vaccines work by tricking the body into thinking it has a virus and mounting a defense against it. That may cause arm soreness, fever, headache, muscle aches or other temporary symptoms of inflammation that can be part of that reaction.
‘These symptoms mean your immune system is revving up and the vaccine is working,’ Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the CDC, said in a recent news briefing.
Certain painkillers that target inflammation, including
ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin and other brands) might curb the immune response.
A study on mice in the Journal of Virology found these drugs might lower production of antibodies — helpful substances that block the virus from infecting cells.
If you’re already taking one of those medications for a health condition, you should not stop before you get the vaccine — at least not without asking your doctor, said Jonathan Watanabe, a pharmacist at the University of California, Irvine.
People should not take a painkiller as a preventive measure before getting a vaccine unless a doctor has told them to, he said. The same goes for after a shot: ‘If you don’t need to take it, you shouldn’t,’ Watanabe said.
If you do need one, acetaminophen (Tylenol) ‘is safer because it doesn’t alter your immune response,’ he added.
The CDC offers other tips, such as holding
a cool, wet washcloth over the area of the shot and exercising that arm. For fever, drink lots of fluids and dress lightly.
Call your doctor if redness or tenderness in the arm increases after a day or if side effects don’t go away after a few days, the CDC says.