Just . . . woah.
The past few weeks now feel like a blur of COVID-19 tests, COVID-19 results, COVID-19 vaccinations, and finally (I think!) COVID-19 recovery. To say nothing of outside events.
This is nothing like the clean entry into a new year I had envisioned (and craved with every cell of my being!).
2021 now feels marred. But I am trying to move on from all of this and focus on . . . moving forward, back into my routines and a semblance of normalcy.
Some good things to report:
✅ I was cleared to receive my second dose of Pfizer vaccine, and did so on Saturday. The immune response that I had (and Josh had) was powerful, to say the least (think 102 fever, rigors, and flat-on-my-back fatigue rendering me completely dysfunctional for about 36 hours). Thankfully, I feel pretty much recovered from that, and I haven’t had any breathing issues since getting the vaccine (yay!), so just happy to be very very immune to this nasty virus now.
(Please note: I have many friends/colleagues who have received the second dose as well, and most did NOT experience such a dramatic reaction – I think having had COVID just before probably primed us in a way that is more than typical. ALSO, despite the rough weekend I would do it all over again. It wasn’t pleasant, but it was finite and fairly short-lived! That said, I do recommend getting doses #2 on a Friday or Saturday and staggering with your partner if you have kids, or planning a day off of work post-vax if possible.)
✅ We were incredibly lucky and all tested negative (requirement from school, I know it’s not CDC guidelines to retest!) — and so everyone is back in school. Happiness.
✅ Honestly, today is the first day in quite some time I have gotten up and felt largely normal so . . . I am savoring it. Hopefully I can make some headway on the somewhat frightening amount of work that has piled up. I have a number of projects for work that I want to move forward on in 2021 but I have to kind of catchup from under the load of ‘urgent’ before I can even start. Frustrating in a way but I also didn’t really expect to be able to dig myself out in one day.