We're all sharing our vaccine ban-aids on social these days and after getting mine I got curious abut how people with moderate side affects are coping. After getting my first shot I had mild side effects - mainly consisting of swelling, tiredness and a slight cough.
You may have already heard about some of the side effects of getting the second shot. Some people's side effects are more severe than others. I received my second vaccine last weekend and it did not disappoint in bringing the drama. The second shot was like being hit by a semi-truck. I became extremely dehydrated after vomiting twice on top of having diarrhea.
I had a temperature of 101 and swelling in my mid-section and legs. It got to the point that I had to go to an urgent care.
So here is what I did to make the side-effects less intense:
DRINK LOTS OF WATER
My wiser self tells me that I probably shouldn't have workout before getting my vaccine shot but I figured that I'd probably be taking a couple of days off after the shot so it would be nice to get a workout it before. However, I under estimated the amount of water loss in sweat I would experience and wouldn't be able to replace before getting the shot.
When I met with the doctor who administered the shot, one of her instructions for after care was to "stay hydrated". Those words definitely echoed in my mind as I was loosing so much water via sweating in my sleep, vomiting and diarrhea.
The first 24 hours was the worse. I tried to be brave and not take any pain killers (I'm not the pill type). As it got closer to bedtime for the 2nd night after I got the shot, I started to dread the body aches and muscle spasms I would be looking forward keeping me up for a 2nd night in a row. Googleing around, I found some data stating that taking Aleve really helped some people. Luck for me I had a few Aleve's in my emergency stash. It knocked me out and relieved a lot of the muscle cramping and pain.
KEEP THE TIGER BALM CLOSE BY
I can't say this enough - sleep if you need to! We slept, napped and laid around for the following 48 hours after I started to show side effect symptoms. That wasn't originally the plan. I was planning on have a normal weekend with moderate activity. We couldn't even make it out of the house pickup takeout. So UberEats and DoorDash it was. In all honesty, after the year we've all had, it's ok to just sleep in for a few days.
WEAR LOOSE CLOTHING
A lot of people experience some swelling post vaccine and sometimes that extends beyond the vaccination point on your arm. For me, I had swelling in my arm, both hands, mid-section, legs and feet. It was probably due to lack of hydration after vomiting. However, all the swelling made wearing cute loungewear undesirable. I also had the chills and broke out in a cold sweat every time I slept. So be prepared to put on some loose sweats and possibly need to change them once or twice.
EAT LIGHT MEALS
To celebrate after we got our vaccines, we went out to eat IN a restaurant. We had ramen and although that's a lot of liquid, it was also a lot of food which probably added to my upset stomach. If I could do it all over again, I would've probably opted for something less heavy. The excitement of it all clouded our better judgement.
Most likely you won't experience half of the side effects that I did but just in case, you have a road map for what to do. If all else fails, head to your nearest urgent care!