Pandemic: Life on the ground

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Jersey Girl wrote:
Sun Apr 03, 2022 2:03 am
An attempt to return to topic.

I'm getting the 4th shot on Tuesday. A couple of weeks in advance of a trip to Florida. Will report on side effects if only for my own documentation here. Third shot knocked me out for, I think, 4 days. :shock:
I have an appointment for Friday
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Res Ipsa wrote:
Sun Apr 03, 2022 6:35 pm
Jersey Girl wrote:
Sun Apr 03, 2022 2:03 am
An attempt to return to topic.

I'm getting the 4th shot on Tuesday. A couple of weeks in advance of a trip to Florida. Will report on side effects if only for my own documentation here. Third shot knocked me out for, I think, 4 days. :shock:
I have an appointment for Friday
Good on ya! Were you Moderna?
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Great Britain is at it's second Omicron peak in terms of hospitalization, which is just as high as its first peak. That's the B.a.2. peak. As of 3/26/22, the CDC estimated that around 55% of active Omicron cases in the U.S. are B.a.2. This is the way waves work -- at the Omicron peak, almost all of our infections were Omicron. As transmission of Omicron started to decline, B.a.2. was starting to ramp up. But because of the extreme difference in the amount of cases for each variant, The rise of B.a.2. has been masked by the decline in Omicron cases. When the total weekly increase in B.a.2. cases exceeds the total decrease, the infection curve bottoms out and starts to rise again. That has happened in a number of states over the past week. The CDC estimates that almost 70% of new infections in my region are B.a.2., and over the past week, our rate of new infections has turned around and started to rise.

If England, which has higher vaccination rates than the U.S. is an indication of what will happen in the U.S. (and it was pretty close with Omicron round 1), then we're about to repeat Omicron round one, only without masks, social distancing, reduced public building occupancy, etc. All we have are vaccines and a much deteriorated surveillance system.
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Jersey Girl wrote:
Sun Apr 03, 2022 6:40 pm
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I have an appointment for Friday
Good on ya! Were you Moderna?
Yes. If I can, I'll boost with a Pfizer.
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Sun Apr 03, 2022 5:39 pm
All my shots have been Pfizer. Same thing this time. All I really had was significant fatigue akin to returning to altitude on the last shot. If I'm following correctly, I think that by fall they'll have approved a generalized Covid shot for us.

Thanks for the well wishes! My trip is a long time coming. My sis moved there and I haven't seen her in 4 long years. I'm going to finally see Sanibel Island which I've wanted to see ever since a student brought me a bag of cat paw shells 20+ years ago! Shelling is my number one- hands down- no contest favorite thing to do on the planet. Can not wait to bring home a suitcase full of shells and ship my clothes back. I'm completely serious. 8-)
Sanibel Island is lovely. I enjoyed the trip, and, yes, there are really cool shells there. If I recall correctly, there is a shell museum somewhere in the area. It was well worth a visit, according to my vague recollection. I love the ocean. Nearly went to school in South Carolina to become a marine biologist.

I hope you don't get hit with a lot of fatigue. Lately I feel like every day is fatigue. It's probably just depression, but depression and my actual COVID case--I ended up getting it when my last booster was past its prime--have combined to make for a pretty grey few months.
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Res Ipsa wrote:
Sun Apr 03, 2022 6:51 pm
Jersey Girl wrote:
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Good on ya! Were you Moderna?
Yes. If I can, I'll boost with a Pfizer.
Oh I see. You're not opposed to mixing vaccines. Go for it!
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Update below...
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So...I wasn't going to mention this out of a sense of vanity, but we're family so I will just do it if it might help someone out there. About 4 years ago I got derma filler in my cheeks and a tiny bit for frown lines between the eye brows (the infamous 11's that run in the family). The products were Voluma and Boletero--both hyaluronic acid injections that stimulates collagen production. Anyway, it was conservative but I really liked it and it lasted well over a year. The frown lines never returned. :shock:

I wanted to do it again this past summer but Omicron had other plans. Fast forward to now...I decided I would do the cheek filler before my upcoming trip because that'd be a treat and made an appointment. When the FDA approved the 4th shot, I jumped on it. Then remembered uh oh...better recheck the delayed inflammatory response side effects I had heard about during the pandemic for folks who use derma fillers.

Though it is only rare cases, folks who mix hyaluronic acid injections with Covid vaccines can experience an allergic reactions which manifests itself by swelling of the areas in which the fillers are used. These are resolved by steroids.

The current advice is 2 weeks before or 2 weeks after the vaccinations. So...no cheeky stuff for me since it would be cutting it too close and with my luck, my face would start puffing while the plane taxis down the runway at DIA. :lol:

Anyway, a bit of info for those who are like minded or know someone who is. Best not to take the chance and just wait it out a bit.

I'm not sure if this applies to Botox. Should probably look that up since I have a family member who gets Botox for chronic migraines.

Botox same thing. 2 weeks before or 2 weeks after. But again, the reactions are rare.
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Jersey Girl wrote:
Sun Apr 03, 2022 7:55 pm
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Yes. If I can, I'll boost with a Pfizer.
Oh I see. You're not opposed to mixing vaccines. Go for it!
From what I've read, there may be an incremental benefit, with no evidence of harm. It's not a big deal. I know the pharmacy where I have my appoint does have Moderna. I'll be happy with either.
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Kishkumen wrote:
Sun Apr 03, 2022 7:48 pm
Jersey Girl wrote:
Sun Apr 03, 2022 5:39 pm
All my shots have been Pfizer. Same thing this time. All I really had was significant fatigue akin to returning to altitude on the last shot. If I'm following correctly, I think that by fall they'll have approved a generalized Covid shot for us.

Thanks for the well wishes! My trip is a long time coming. My sis moved there and I haven't seen her in 4 long years. I'm going to finally see Sanibel Island which I've wanted to see ever since a student brought me a bag of cat paw shells 20+ years ago! Shelling is my number one- hands down- no contest favorite thing to do on the planet. Can not wait to bring home a suitcase full of shells and ship my clothes back. I'm completely serious. 8-)
Sanibel Island is lovely. I enjoyed the trip, and, yes, there are really cool shells there. If I recall correctly, there is a shell museum somewhere in the area. It was well worth a visit, according to my vague recollection. I love the ocean. Nearly went to school in South Carolina to become a marine biologist.
We have something in common! Though I am sure you would have been more well suited to it, I also thought of becoming a marine biologist. When I was in high school, one of our classes took us to to the marine lab at Sandy Hook (actually probably Ft. Hancock) New Jersey which is right where I am from. We charted the waters around Plum Island and toured the lab, did some work on the barrier reef. I found it fascinating having grown up in the area always with a driving curiosity about the creatures I found in tide pools, learning to identify them as well as their houses...sea shells, what I could find in the mud flats, identifying birds and grasses, and learning about the fish we and other brought in from our fishing trips, collecting our own bait in nets. FYI: I rarely eat seafood having seen too much of it gutted in the back yard (I did the scaling) throughout my childhood and large fish (sharks, etc) dripping with blood, hanging from hooks on the scales around the marina which was literally across the street from our house. ;)

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I hope you don't get hit with a lot of fatigue. Lately I feel like every day is fatigue. It's probably just depression, but depression and my actual COVID case--I ended up getting it when my last booster was past its prime--have combined to make for a pretty grey few months.
I think quite a large number of people have had mental health issues on account of the pandemic. I had some weepy nights here and there and I have at least one family member here who has gone through a real rough patch. As for the fatigue, like I said, it hit me like returning to altitude. So...considering the shot and my trip, I'm about to do twice this month. Lucky me. 8-)

I hope you get to feeling better soon, Kish. It is no joke feeling weighed down like that.
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Res Ipsa wrote:
Sun Apr 03, 2022 7:57 pm
Jersey Girl wrote:
Sun Apr 03, 2022 7:55 pm


Oh I see. You're not opposed to mixing vaccines. Go for it!
From what I've read, there may be an incremental benefit, with no evidence of harm. It's not a big deal. I know the pharmacy where I have my appoint does have Moderna. I'll be happy with either.
I hadn't heard that about the benefit. We have friends who mixed and did pretty well. But again, who really cares about side effects. You can weather those in a couple of days and it beats getting put on a vent or worse.

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