Saturday, May 29, 2021

Mea Culpa...

 When last I wrote, I awaited the COVID vaccine and was in the throes of what is termed death cleaning. Death cleaning when done as intended is meant to be a courtesy to those who are left the unenviable task of cleaning out an abode, sorting and dispensing with possessions and finding a home or homes for pets.

 In order to avoid the feeding frenzy of undesired relatives showing up with Penske trucks and hauling away everything they feel entitled to, as has happened in my family in the recent past, I figured I would leave detailed instructions and rid myself of unneeded papers or other items saving my executrix the trouble,

Mentioning jettisoned photos and other effects as well as my anxiety over the impending vaccine prompted two bloggers concern over my well being. I am sorry to have been the cause of such concern and assure you that I am no more nutty now than I was pre-vaccine. That said, I disagree with the claim that death cleaning sounds morbid.

Given the times and the fact that I remain more vulnerable than many to the effects of viruses including COVID, even with vaccines, and the fact that only fifty percent are currently vaccinated and most folks around here don't appear to exercise caution, I am not surprised that some vaccinated people are now showing up among newly diagnosed COVID cases.

Moving on, the Johnson and Johnson one and done shot was not a pleasant experience. Apart from soreness at the point of injection, my whole arm was pained intermittently for three days, followed by bouts of chills and extreme tiredness which took about four or five days to subside. I got up to go to the loo and deal with basic hygiene, fed the cat and heated soups. Period.

I'm glad that episode is over but wonder how long the benefits of this vaccine will last. For the time being, both the cat and I are calm carrying on.

Cheers and stay well.

6 comments:

Elephant's Child said...

I am glad that you have had your vaccine - and hope that it serves you well. I am sorry you had such a miserable time with it though.
I have had shot the first, and am waiting on shot the second. Sadly the shot made available to me is not the best. Not by a long way. Astrazenica. I am told that I could wait for another - but might have to wait nine months or more.
Death cleaning sounds v practical to me. And I could/should do some here.

Ms. Moon said...

Yes, I was worried too, dear e. And although as Elephant's Child does point out, death cleaning is practical, let us please not call it that. How about "soul cleaning"?
I'm glad you are okay. May you remain healthy and well. I am so sorry that your vaccine gave you such a hard time but it probably means that your body was working very hard to create antibodies.

Boud said...

I had a similar time after the moderna second shot. Im still glad we both did it. And particularly glad yours came to you, since I remember your anxiety about how to access it
I think do called death cleaning is a great courtesy to whoever has to take care of our things after we die. Ir won't hasten our deaths!

37paddington said...

The good thing about the J&J vaccine I've heard, is that immunity rises for months afterward, as opposed to wanes. I too worry about how long the vaccines last, and hope we don't learn the answer to this through another surge. Glad you're feeling better now.

A Super Dilettante said...

My dear E, I hope you are fully recovered from the side effects of your vaccine. At the vaccination centre, I was quite surprised when the nurse said to me that the vaccine is "a case of better than nothing but it doesn't mean you won't be catching it." I thought it wasn't very reassuring to hear that! But at least, I suppose she was being honest. We don't seem to have an offer of J&J vaccine. It is a choice of either Pfizer or Astrazeneca. The former is more effective and it doesn't seem to have any bad side effects compared to the latter. I hope you keep persevering, staying safe and your beloved Lukas is keeping an eye on you. Best wishes, ASD

Martha said...

I hope the vaccine serves you well. We will all know in time how long these shots last and what type of protection they offer. Wishing you well!