It is 9:30 and I am ready for bed. No it is not p.m. but a.m. It is still fairly early in the morning and my eyes are drooping. How can I take a nap when everyone is just getting up and eating breakfast?
Well, I had vaccine number two yesterday morning. The day went great. I felt a bit achy but no big deal. I was busy most of the day. We took a two mile walk in the afternoon and had a light dinner. I spent the evening reading – under a heavy blanket. I guess that should have been my clue that I was not going to sail through this vaccine as easily as I had hoped.
Once I crawled into bed planning on a good nights sleep it was clear the night was going to be an adventure. I could not go to sleep I just rolled around and did yoga breathing exercises to help me let go and relax. With each breath I seems to be getting more and more tense. There were all the arthritis spots in my body that called out to me. “Hey did you know you right thumb had arthritis or you left hip. Oh yeah, the middle of your back is also a great place to have things feel achy.” This sliding array of pain continued around my joints like a roller coaster ride. The beginning and ending spot for each ride seems to be at the injection site. It was clear I should keep moving that arm but doing so only sent the roller coaster running again.
Along side this rolling ache there was the steady headache and the hot flashes or chills. You pick which one you would like? They each came along at a regular time through out the night.
I was very happy to see the sun rise and with it the ache has slowed down. Through it all l realized I was happy to feel lousy and get little sleep if it meant protection from a much worse illness. I was happy to ache if it means within a few weeks and I can begin to see friends and family members face to face.
Now at 10:00 am happy to have been through shot number two – I am off to take a nap since it is all I am good for right now.
Catch you tomorrow!