I know people have A LOT of feelings about the Covid-19 vaccine, and they differ from one extreme to the other. I would never dream of telling someone what they should and shouldn't do with/put in their bodies. That's a choice you have to make for yourself. I've decided for me personally it is something I want to do. But that's not to say I don't have some trepidation or concerns about what the vaccination process entails and the side effects and symptoms I may experience.

On April 8th, 2021 the economy parking lot at the Boise Airport will serve as a mass Covid-19 vaccination site. I've made an appointment and to my knowledge will be receiving the Pfizer vaccine. That was my first choice based on research and speaking with family members who've been vaccinated before me. In those conversations also came up the symptoms they experienced post vaccine.

Of course I know that every one's immune system is different. But I want to know as much as I can about what I could be facing. Every single friend and family member has reported extreme soreness in the injected arm after the first dose. That's something I feel comfortable handling. The second dose proves more intolerable. 24 hours of severe flu-like symptoms leaving them incapable of anything other than fetal position in bed.

In November 2019 I suffered a severe flu that gave me PTSD when it comes to illness. Any hint of a sore throat sends me in a tizzy of preventative measures. Teas, medicine, rest, breathing treatments; all in hopes of avoiding getting that sick ever again. (Imagine how paranoid Covid's had me.) Knowing these symptoms are seemingly unavoidable with the vaccine gives me anxiety. I should also mention my second dose is scheduled for the weekend my husband's entire family comes into town for a visit. Perfect timing, huh?

I'm still going through with it. I've made my decision. But just expressing this puts me a little at ease. Time will tell how it all pans out.

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