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    • #18278
      Amanda
      Keymaster

      Hey everyone!  I hope you had a wonderful and joyful Easter (for those of you that celebrate Easter)!  I got my second covid shot last week and it put me on my back!!! I felt achy for about 4 days, fever, headache, and exhausted! I am fully supportive of people getting the vaccine, but I have to admit that I see both sides of the argument.  My mom is not interested in the least. That worries me because she has COPD.  However, I respect that it is her choice to make.  Now that I had a reaction to the second dose I really doubt she will be getting the vaccine.

      How about you? Have you gotten vaccinated?  Are you family members getting vaccinated? Did you have a reaction? How are you feeling now?

       

       

    • #18280
      Tim Burr
      Participant

      We had both shots with NO reactions. We have asked our friends of all ages and health status about reactions, and there seems to be no common response. Our daughter-in-law had a reaction after the second shot, but our son had virtually nothing.

      Tim

      • #18899
        Jennifer Zink
        Participant

        I haven’t gotten my shots yet, but I want to.

    • #18281
      Astrid
      Participant

      Hi  Amanda i will get my first Covid shot april 14!  my  family members still do not know when , only my 86 years old dad has been vaccinated and he did not had any site effects.

    • #18282
      Fran Finney
      Participant

      Both I an my son had mild reactions to our Pfizer vaccines (feverish, achey), and our reactions lasted 3 to 4 days – but it was so worth it. The reaction will not kill anyone, COVID could. And even if it does not kill you, contracting COVID, even a mild case,  can cause some serious and perhaps permanent issues.

      I can understand a PALS choosing not to get vaccinated, but I do not believe that it is wise for any caregiver or family member or any other person close to a PALS to choose to not get vaccinated.

    • #18284
      Amanda
      Keymaster

      I’m happy with my decision to get the COVID vaccine.  Not only am I protecting myself, but I’m trying to protect my mom too. I also work in the school system, and the thought of being a carrier or passing on the virus to someone more vulnerable is unthinkable to me. Even though I didn’t enjoy the side effects, like someone above said, I won’t die from the vaccine, but I could from COVID.

    • #18289
      MaryConnolly
      Participant

      Both my husband (a pALS) and I (caregiver) get #2 Pfizer April 9. We’ve alerted our neighbors in case we need anything, but have basic provisions ready. At the worst it’s 24-48 hours of discomfort and we can skip a shower or two. Getting vaxxed means no interruption  in our participation in the Healey Platform clinical trial and Radicava infusions. It also means that after a year of isolation we can finally reconnect with family and friends who have not seen us for a year.

    • #18293
      Marianne Opilla
      Participant

      I believe in vaccines. Maybe because I am a nurse and one of my friends worked developing vaccines for 30 years.   My husband and I completed Moderna in March.  He was very fatigued for about 4 days.  I had no reaction except arm soreness.  I call it the “get out of jail free” card.  Now my son is comfortable visiting from AZ next week!

    • #18301
      Dagmar Munn
      Keymaster

      Amanda – – I’m sorry you had to weather through that reaction, but BRAVO to you for being fully vaccinated! Now, you have to use all those excellent counseling skills of yours to convince your mother to be vaccinated as well. At her age and with her health risks… getting COVID would be awful.

      I get my 2nd jab this Friday – – whoo-hoo! If I get any reactions, I’ll know it’s just my immune system going through a dress rehearsal for defending me from the real virus. 🙂

    • #18304
      Kathy stitz
      Participant

      I was vaccinated in January and February.   I just had chills for a little while after the second shot.  Some of my family members have been vaccinated and others have not.  Now I just have to deal with having ALS and the struggles and challenges that go along with it.

    • #18306
      MaryConnolly
      Participant

      And to you Kathy Stitz and Dagmar and all of you – dealing with ALS and its challenges are no small task for pALS or their caregivers. Blessings.

    • #18307
      Kathy stitz
      Participant

      Thanks so much Mary.

    • #18371
      Amanda
      Keymaster

      I’m looking forward to when our area gains “herd immunity.”  Life has been forever changed because of COVID, and I know that ‘normal’ will look very different.  I am looking forward to seeing my friends and family that I haven’t seen since this all started.  My sister has also been fully vaccinated and she is coming to visit in June.

      Kathy, I am glad you were able to get your vaccines early!!

    • #18404
      john s
      Participant

      Waiting to get in line for the Janssen vaccination. It is not a mRNA type vaccine, but a true vaccine based on the adenovirus with the COVID-19.  Not trusting the [email protected]!

    • #18407
      MaryConnolly
      Participant

      We had vax #2 on Friday. Sore arms and feeling a little tired and relieved. Get your vax-it’s better than being dead.

    • #18448
      Dagmar Munn
      Keymaster

      Well…………..I had my 2nd jab last Friday (Moderna) and… spent Saturday & Sunday with a host of reactions. Chills, fever, lethargy, loss of appetite, coughing plus random rashes. Then, they all just disappeared.

      It’s a small price to pay to become fully immunized. I liken it to riding a big roller-coaster; the last big drop is scary, but once it’s over, you’re glad you did it 🙂 Let’s all do our part to help end the pandemic.

    • #18451
      Kathy stitz
      Participant

      Glad to hear it, Dagmar.   I hope this pandemic is behind us soon.

    • #18901
      john s
      Participant

      I got the one shot Jannsen vaccine by Johnson & Johnson last week. Only symptom I had was a sore arm. Muscle tone was tight for the shot which made the pain worse. Thank spasticity for that.

    • #18923
      Jennifer Zink
      Participant

      I wonder if it be the same with me? I’m getting the other vaccine, the one with two shots. As soon as my doctor gets the vaccine in his office.

    • #18925
      Kathy stitz
      Participant

      There are two vaccines that require two shots, Moderna and Pfizer.  For Moderna the shots are given 28 days apart, and for Pfizer the shots are given 21 days apart.

    • #18926
      Jennifer Zink
      Participant

      Thank you, Kathy, for the info!

    • #18927
      Kathy stitz
      Participant

      You’re welcome Jennifer.   I hope you are able to get vaccinated soon!

    • #18928
      Jennifer Zink
      Participant

      Thanks … me too!

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