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Vaccine Flu 2: 31 Hours of Suck And Just Like That, It’s Fading… and a Lesson in Empathy

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It is currently 5:40 in the am, Sunday. I got a full seven hours of sleep last night and my vaccine flu broke sometime during that stretch in bed. I sweated through two t-shirts last night, one before I went to bed was drenched and I didn’t even know it till I took it off (my fever was so intense, the moisture wasn’t even cold). This is much better than the first shot for me. With the first, it was a full week before I was back to normal, or to put it closer to where I’m at this morning, it took me five days to feel as good as I do after a day-and-a-half.

I was hoping to sail through the second shot after my body’s enthusiastic reaction to the first, but it just wasn’t to be. However, this’ll do. I was certain I wouldn’t be riding today when I went to bed. As I sit here, I don’t think there’s any question I’ll suit up this morning – in fact, my Dual Action Advil just wore off… I would have started shivering an hour ago if there wasn’t significant improvement over the night.

In my post yesterday, I wrote harshly about a woman my wife and I ran into at the bike shop. Her take on Covid was highly irrational and her behaviors in that regard were even less rational.

A friend whom I’ve been following for years commented:

I understand your frustration. In fact, I share it. But, this covid thing is highly emotional and I think you just need to be patient with people like that lady. I find it too easy to condemn her and be annoyed with her. But, a lot of people have died from this and there are those among us who are afraid of catching it. Don’t look for rationality where it doesn’t exist, even if you think it should, or ought to. She had an emotional response. I consider this subject to be the same as religion, unions and politics. Don’t argue because you aren’t going to change anyone. All you will do is fuel the emotional fire.

[ED. Emphasis provided by me]

Tony is right. I have no doubt I’m suffering Covid fatigue, but that’s not an excuse. Here’s my response:

You make an excellent point, Tony. While it doesn’t exactly fit, I can absolutely tailor it to fit me. As a recovered alcoholic working a daily recovery program, looking at myself first is normal… most people don’t possess the ability to look at their own lives and deduce that what they’re doing is slightly irrational. Thanks for opening my eyes, it’s appreciated.

Gotta work on that empathy. That’s one [area] I can use a lot of improvement.

Today I’m thankful for being on the mend… and possessing the ability to remain teachable. Now it’s time to get the bike ready for a spin! WOOHOO! I’m done, baby! Almost back to normal. And it’s been far too long.


7 Comments

  1. Sheree says:

    Sorry you’ve had such adverse reactions. Mine was limited to a slightly sore arm on day one, and that’s it.

  2. darsword says:

    Everyone in our house got the shots at the same time. Second done and over it. All adults. My son and brother, younger and possibly healthier than my husband and I had far worse reactions than I did. Mine were like early flu, no fever. My husband, who has far worse health than I do, had no reaction at all. So it is weird how the vaccine affects us all so differently.

  3. unironedman says:

    Good to hear you are both fully jabbed and on the mend. As for empathy… you can be both empathetic and also firmly believe that some folks are just bat-shit crazy. Not mutually exclusive. 😉

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