covid-19 vaccine?? // I got it + my tips if you get it too

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Today we’re talking: the COVID-19 vaccine. I’m sharing how I decided to get the Moderna vaccine, how all that went, and my tips if you get the vaccine as well!

Going into cold and flu season, different family members and I decided to get the flu shot and COVID vaccine.

I got my first Moderna shot in mid-September. Joshua got the flu shot that same day, so we were vaccine buddies! We both had soreness in our arms, but the other symptoms I experienced were how my body specifically responded to the COVID vaccine. I broke a fever multiple times that first night, felt ill overall the entire second day, and it took four days for my arm to feel okay again.

This pic was taken at the end of the second day 😂 Can you see how tired I was of having very limited range of motion?

Everyone responds uniquely to the vaccine, and I think soreness in the arm is the most common side effect. The others aren’t guaranteed and it totally depends. One symptom I had that was accidentally self-inflicted I think was nausea, because I went to the World of Coca-Cola the day I got the shot and tried some vile sodas that completely turned my stomach. So I can’t say for sure if the vaccine made me nauseous, or was it that soda? 😝

It worried me a bit to do, but I got my second Moderna vaccine in mid-October! The picture above was from the day after. I had to finish what I started, even though I was nervous about possible side effects. However, the second time was WAY better than the first! I was chilly, my appetite was weird, and I had body aches, but it was much more manageable than the first round. (Nausea just isn’t my thing.)

I actually went and did a fall photoshoot after I took the photo above, so definitely check that out if you haven’t seen it yet!

I have some tips that I found to be helpful myself while getting through the soreness from a vaccine. You can read my list below if you’d like!

  • Take a hot shower. This helped my sore bicep feel so much better! It didn’t last too long, but it loosened up the tightness and provided relief for a while.
  • Sleep with your sore arm supported. I put a blanket or pillow under my elbow while sleeping to just provide some comfort while I slept. It also reminded me subconsciously not to be turning on my bad side in my sleep since a pillow was in the way, which helped too.
  • Alternate pain medication (if you’re able to). Ibuprofen and Tylenol helped me a lot with soreness and body aches.
  • I recommend getting the vaccine in your non-dominant side. I got my first shot in my right arm, which was challenging the next few days since I’m right-handed. I got my second one in my left arm, which was a better experience overall!
  • Get the vaccine later in the day. I’m not sure if this helped me or not, but I got my first shot in the late morning, and that first night was not easy. However, my second shot I got in the late afternoon, and I had a good night! Since that might have made a difference, I’m throwing it out there lol

Thanks so much for reading! It’s totally up to you and your family if you guys get vaccinated, so this post and the comments section is a judgement-free place. You can share your vaccine experience (whether you got it or didn’t) below, as long as you’re being kind 😊

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