I felt an almost obligation to post something about my vaccine experience. Many people, especially if they have certain health issues, are worried about getting the vaccine. I was. The community in particular has lost a lot of trust in the CDC, IDSA, and the medical establishment in general. I have been fairly lucky. I have had some caring doctors/ARNPs/PAs that really did listen but once my heart and my thyroid tested normal, there was nothing else they could do. After I was treated by a LLMD/PA, most of the doctors I have seen seem to accept a general chronic fatigue type status and move on to the other normal blood work monitoring, testing, and advice. The only time a doctor was dismissive of Lyme Disease, in front of me, was when I was at a marketing lunch with a pain management doctor and asked if he ever treated patients with Lyme Disease. Of course, no one in Florida has Lyme.
This post is not to talk you into anything. It is to provide a little information and a viewpoint. Some of the Lyme community posts about the flu vaccine make people think suffering and death is the most likely outcome. I still have internal debates about the flu vaccine for multiple reasons, most are not Lyme Disease related. I don’t have the loudest voice. I am not trying to sell you anything. I am just trying to balance a little of what is on social media. Not everyone with a Lyme struggle thinks the same way.
I decided to get the vaccine for several reasons
- I am not in any acute stage of illness
- I work with COVID-19 positive patients
- I do NOT want any of the possible long term consequences of having COVID
- I do not want to get sick or carry the virus to give to others (still mask after, research is ongoing about being a carrier)
- I have had 2 flu shots (last 2 years), since being treated 7 years ago for Lyme, with no side effects
- To get things back to relative normal and to decrease the number of mutations, the more people that can be and are vaccinated, the better
- I do not have any known medication or vaccine allergies.
- The vaccine’s efficacy rate is phenomenal
How it went:
The location I was able to get an appointment at was set up for healthcare workers that do not work in hospitals. I selected an appointment time and showed up. They had a massive amount of volunteers and paid staff there to help move people through the process. The only waiting I did was the 15 minute recommended observation time to make sure you do not have an allergic reaction. This was not a drive through site so I had to park and get out. They did have wheelchairs and people on stand by to help anyone who might need assistance.
The day after both the first and the second vaccine, my arm was sore. I did some gentle ROM of my arm to loosen things up and get the juices flowing and that helped a great deal. I did not have any of the other listed side effects. The young nursing student that gave me one of the shots said that she had every side effect on the list. She said that with a smile and was happy to have gotten it. I was a little tired for a couple days after the second vaccine. I had a busy week and the received the vaccine on a Friday. I was not able to distinguish between my normal run out of spoons fatigue and any sort of vaccine reaction. I rested over the weekend and was back to baseline.
Please be careful of what sources you use to make your decisions. Please do not share posts that may have disinformation.
If you have any thoughts or questions please leave a comment!!!
Spent some time at a cabin surrounded by the Ocala National Forest. Ahhhhh.
Bug bite prevention ideas below.
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I spent a lot of time outside during the day and at night. I have 3 mosquito bites and no found ticks. The bites may have come from the first day I was there when the car was stuck in a mud hole and I was caught out without any protection. That’s a story for the next post.
First, spray shirts, shorts, hats, socks, and shoes, to be worn in the woods with Permethrin. Take clothes outside and spray. Let dry prior to packing.
Second, ideas for while you are out:
If you get bit:
I have had a hard time finding a way to explain why I am even on a search for better health. I needed to be able to explain it to myself. I was not as concerned about what others thought. It never really occurred to me to try to explain it outside my own ego.
When fighting Lyme and company, there has always seemed to be something just not right. We are missing a puzzle piece somewhere. Various infections, hormones, nutrition….it always seems much more difficult and complicated than it should be.
I believe that I have found a way to explain it to myself. The theory will not fix anything but thought I should share it in case anyone else could use it.
The Rose Theory
I first moved into my house over 10 years ago. As a new home owner I was excited to fix up things and put to use all of those hours spent watching home improvement shows. One thing that I really wanted was a beautiful rose bush. It was a peace rose. I tended to it as Google said I should. I watered it often but careful not to over water it. I sought advice on what fertilizer to use and when to apply it. I made sure it received all the nutrients it needed. I trimmed it as directed. I was very attentive to its every need. If I was doing everything just right, there were a few beautiful blooms as a reward.
I love to shop from the couch. I thought I would share two of my new favorite hangouts.
My Last doctor’s appointment was a couple of months ago. My cortisol was low. My pregnenalone was non existent. My brain was in meltdown mode. I began using pregnenolone supplements. The benefit was being able to finish sentences. The anti-benefit was that the left side of my brain seemed to lose contact with the right side. However amusing and adventurous it is to think “change radio station” then reach for the garage door opener, I knew the fun would have to come to an end. When I forgot to turn my car off when filling up with gas, it became apparent that maybe I should stop the supplement. What amazes me is that there are healthy people taking it just for a little memory boost.
I am back to talking like a fairly intelligent being and have stopped all supplements except Vitamin D and Lymphomyosot. My vitamin D level was 37 while taking 10.000 IU daily. I am trying different brands but still no joy. At least it is up from 15. The lymphomyosot keeps the lymph moving. I am still dairy free and low sugar and gluten.
My blood pressure and cholesterol are up. (105/70 and 163) I think that is good. It just sounds so counter culture to declare that a positive. I do not get dizzy nearly as often and I have been able to stop adding salt to everything. I am pretty sure that it is more because of the weight that I have gained in the past 6 months rather than any miracle cure. Whatever…
So, I decided to just ignore everything until next year. The story I tell myself is that I just need time to recover and rebalance after all of the antibiotics. The truth is more likely that I am just sick of going to doctors and taking pills. Either way, it will be a nice little vacation.
I did get a cool new toy that seems to have gotten rid of neuropathy symptoms in my feet!!
“The Richway Amethyst BioMat Professional 7000MX is an amazing healing tool that has changed thousands of lives for the better. It’s most important function is to produce far infrared rays of light that penetrate deeply into the body, warming all the cells and tissues evenly throughout. These rays are produced by rows of amethyst crystals that cover the entire surface of the Bio Mat.”
I found a used one with a full warranty from a licensed dealer and made the plunge. It is a FDA approved medical device but like most things for sale, the hype around it is a bit much. It did help me, so, I guess I will add to it. Some people sleep on it, but I find far less than comfortable. You are laying on crystals, why would it be comfortable? I have taken naps on it. If nothing else, the BioMat is a giant hot pack that happens to have negative ions and and infrared rays.