My brain feels like it is just slightly pressing on the outer walls of my skull. My eyes are tired and hot. The rest of my body is cold. It has been eighteen hours since I got my second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech SARS-CoV-2 vaccine.

They said this could happen. And for most people it's a one-day affair, so I hope that includes me. After dose one, I felt no side effects.

I'm glad to have taken it. The fact that in a little over a year since everything changed I would be the recipient of a vaccine for the virus is truly an outstanding testament to modern medicine.

Both times I went to take the vaccine I needed to give verbal permission to accept a vaccine that hasn't technically been approved by the FDA (emergency use only). It was surreal being in a mass vaccination site being run by the United States National Guard. It really amplifies the seriousness of the situation. Something that, for me, sometimes fell out of my mind, barely leaving same 1,000 square feet for the greater part of a year.

This represents a turning point for me. For the first time in a while, I'm hopeful about my future. I feel like I can actually start thinking about doing things other than the same essential activities. I may feel unwell at the present moment, but I feel great in my mind for the future. Hopefully this feeling isn't unique to me and we can keep moving the vaccination numbers higher and have a shot at resuming our lives before we had to hit "pause."

Published: 4/18/2021 12:26 PM in Default

Article by: Noah Wood