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I got my second dose of the Moderna on Friday, and, whoa, did the second dose pack a wallop. I got the first dose on March 19, St. Joseph’s feast day! Other than the sting in my shoulder afterward, I did not have any symptoms.
This past Friday, April 16, about a month later, I got the second dose. It didn’t feel any different than the first at the point of being stuck. That evening I went on to my son’s little league baseball game, a drizzling cold night in April, but I didn’t feel any effects of the vaccine. That night, just before bedtime, I started shivering. No matter how many clothes I put on and how many blankets I put over me, I could not stop shivering. I had no idea if I had fever because I didn’t get out of bed to check. I barely slept. I trembled with chills all night.
In the morning, I checked my temperature. I had a mild fever. I still had chills, but when I got out of bed my muscles resisted the simplest motion. I had no strength. I stayed in bed all day. I took Advil, which brought the fever down. The chills came and went but they never went away completely. My wife (God bless her) got me a large order of wonton soup. It helped. I had it for lunch and for dinner.
Then in the evening, the fever started rising. What was mild (99 to 100 degrees) climbed to 101, then 102, and even a 103. I started to worry. Took more Advil and, eventually, it came down. I slept that second night and when I woke up I felt it had gone away. I still felt weak, but my temperature was normal, and I could do some low-stress chores. By the evening of the second day, I felt close to normal. By Sunday evening, I felt relatively normal.
My left shoulder, where the needle punctured me hurt for several days. I don’t remember it hurting this much on the first dose. It feels more like a wasp sting, if you have ever had that unpleasant experience. The hurt seems to spread over a lot more area than the sting, and it hurts for a lot longer than you would expect.
I had a number of vaccines when I had to travel internationally, and I don’t recall anything like this. This was tough. A friend told me the more the reaction to the vaccine, the greater than immunity one builds. I don’t know if that’s true, but I hope so.
My wife, my mother, and my mother-in-law have all had the same second dose of Moderna. My mother had some chills, a headache, never measured a fever, but on the second day had a blood pressure drop which caused her to faint. We took her to the Emergency Room but they didn’t seem to think it was related to the vaccine. The follow-up doctor said it was possible. My mother-in-law had chills and mild fever and headaches and enervated. She felt terrible for a few days. My wife did not have any chills but felt enervated. She was the least affected by it.
It did feel like I was hit by a truck. But I do recommend getting vaccinated. I don’t know if one has similar reactions with the other types of vaccines, but from what I have read the Moderna provides the best immunity. It’s worth the peace of mind.Published in