How My Mind Works

Day 27

I had mentioned previously that Kathy and I received our second dose of the Pfizer vaccine last Saturday. I had heard that many people had more severe reactions to the second dose than they did with the first. I thought I would compare my reactions to those put out by the CDC as possible side effects. Here goes:

CDC says: I experienced:

Pain at the injection site

Pain at the injection site lasting one day.

Redness at the injection site

No redness at the injection site.

Swelling at the injection site

No swelling at the injection site.


No more tiredness than usual.


I did not experience a headache.

Muscle pain

I did not have any muscle pain.


I did not develop a fever.


I did not experience any chills.


Thankfully I did not feel nauseous


So, to show you how my mind works I can’t help ask, “Why did I not suffer any side effects?” Was there something wrong with the vaccine that I wasn’t affected? Had it gone bad? Is my body not making antibodies? Is there something wrong with me? Am I not normal? (Don’t answer that.)

I need to give it a rest. I know, a piece of cake.


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31 responses to “How My Mind Works

  1. Book Dragon

    His you structured your slice is powerful – two opposing columns, one with italics.
    Congratulations on being fully vaccinated.

  2. Love the structure of this. Yay for that second dose!

  3. Funny I wrote about shot two today as well. Although I did have the sore arm, chills and hot flashes and aches and headache but all worth it to have protection and a change to see people face to face again! So glad you did not have any reaction. I am sure you are fine. Enjoy the thoughts of being vaccinated after this long haul!

  4. MJ Strong

    I was like you and didn’t have many symptoms after the second shot. My mind totally did the same thing. Am I not making antibodies??? I enjoyed the back and forth of fact and experience.

  5. Love that your second shot went well and you have stored up some extra “good” karma. What a relief!

  6. jumpofffindwings

    This is a testament to the phrase “may experience” and a vote of confidence for the vaccination process. I’m on April 1 and can admit, prophylactic Tylenol will be the step I take. Hopefully, my report will echo yours. Stay healthy!

  7. Terje

    Majority of people worry about getting the side effect. Not many worry if they don’t get them. Besides if you had had the side effects you might not have had the energy to write. Two vaccines! Let’s celebrate!

  8. Lainie Levin

    SO glad to hear you were pretty symptom-free. I actually know a few folks who fell into that category. I also giggle about “fatigue” being either one of the vaccine symptoms or COVID symptoms. Like…we’re teachers. Is anyone NOT fatigued…?

  9. Yay! You belong to the fully vaccinated *and* you made it through without any major side effects! Seems like cause for celebration and yet I fully understand your tendency to question your experience and wonder if everything was happening as it should. It has been a long year and we’re still not entirely out of the woods, so the extra vigilance is not emerging out of thin air. That said, I hope you can breathe a little easier now.

    • It really is a relief to know that I am fully vaccinated. I loo forward to seeing friends whom I haven’t seen in over a year as they are fully vaccinated as well.

  10. I did not experience any side effects … except this: feeling HAPPY to be vaccinated and HAPPY again every time I read more stories and see rising statistics of the fully vaccinated!

  11. I think our minds work similarly. I also worried when I didn’t have side effects after dose 2. Good to know I’m not alone.

  12. britt

    Definitely saving this as I love the structure of putting what might be expected vs what you actually felt. So brilliant. Mostly though, I’m glad you experience nearly no symptoms! Woohoo! Congrats on your second vaccine!

  13. Glad you got your second dose! And glad you had no side effects!

  14. Congratulations, Bob, on not getting any side effects with the second dose. Stop second-guessing and enjoy the freedom from stressing about COVID. Happy weekend.

  15. Erika Haak

    I read—the younger you are, the more severe your reactions, because younger people have more robust immune systems. “In general, the older the patient is, the less likely the reaction is to be significant or severe,” Sharon Nachman, MD

  16. Congrats on the 2nd dose! Lucky you on not having any of the bad effects. Yay for being fully vaccinated.

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