COVID-19: Part 55

March 12, 2021 2:46 pm
  • Quarantine Day 361
  • Livermore cases: 4,064
  • Alameda County cases: 78,514; deaths: 1,291
  • U.S. cases: 29,113,000+; deaths: 529,000+

I got vaccinated on Thursday. On Monday, the vice principal of the school I volunteer at for Mathcounts contacted me and said they had an opportunity to include school volunteers in a vaccination clinic this week. So I went to the community center on Thursday afternoon. After over an hour standing in line, I received the Janssen (Johnson & Johnson) replication-incompetent adenovirus type 26 expressing the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein vaccine at 4:00pm.

That night at about 9pm I started feeling chills which fairly rapidly turned into uncontrollable shivering. I eventually fell asleep after shivering in bed for some unknown amount of time.

At 2am Friday I woke up heavily, though briefly, disoriented feeling weak and incredibly hot and with a fever of ~102F, but no longer shivering. Jess escorted me to the family room as I didn't think my muscles would get me there on my own. I felt very much like I had the flu. After eating some dry Cheerios I took some Ibuprofen. I can't even remember now whether it helped or not.

After being awake for about an hour I lumbered back to bed. Some time later I awoke drenched in sweat and had to take off my pajamas because I was uncomfortably hot (and my clothes were now soaked in cold sweat).

I woke up again around 9am with my muscle strength having returned mostly, but still had a fever and a severe headache now with muscle & joint aches. Had some cereal for breakfast, then took some more Ibuprofen, but it didn't seem to make any difference. I eventually fell asleep on the couch and slept for a couple of hours.

Waking up again around noon my headache had subsided (though not gone). Fever was still present.

It's now 2:40pm. I managed to take a shower. It has not been fun, so this vaccine better work.

This is how pandemics end. This or by filling up cemeteries.

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