Well, That Hurt: The pain, from A to Z

Finally, after much waiting, I got my first shot today.   The second will come in October.

My employer allowed for today and tomorrow off work, of which I’m glad because I need it.  Of the side effects from AstraZeneca, I have a few of the mildest and most common, and one of the less common:

  • feeling tired
  • tenderness where you had the vaccine injection
  • nausea
  • dizziness

One thing not on the lists I’ve had for the last two hours is flu-like symptoms, cold and chill along with the nausea.  Just none of the more serious ones.  At least the pain in the arm has subsided fifteen hours on.

The worst part was making the mistake of looking when the nurse spoke, seeing that three centimetre long needle aiming at my arm.  I was already nauseous before she had even stuck me.  That always happens, I’m a baby when it comes to needles such as when they draw blood for the annual medical checkup.

“What was that injection, Doc?  I think it’s going wrong.”

 – Lemmy Kilmister, from the Motorhead song “Back At The Funny Farm” (1983)

One thing that annoyed me: instead of injecting in the middle of a big black spot on my tattoo, she aimed for unmarked skin.  Now there’s a visible spot instead of being hidden by the ink.  I was also expecting a battle at the desk because I turned the chair around, though nothing happened.  I wanted the shot in the other arm, not my left.



I feel too off to write any more, even though I intended to (e.g. reopening measures that started on July 27).  We have a good shot of getting back to where we were in May, thanks to near total adherence to mask wearing and following rules.  Now let’s see the jerks who caused this be held responsible for 780+ deaths.

I also plan to talk about how China might be too busy all year to pull any nonsense.  The entire country’s infrastructure is at risk.

Annnnnd the poke-in-Beijing’s-eye that the olympics have been.


  1. DonDueed says

    Hope you feel better soon, and that your second dose doesn’t hit you even worse.

    • says

      Worse? This can get worse? @_@

      I suffered a night of chills and fever, multiple hot and cold showers to deal with it. I’m still headachy, dizzy and nauseous, but hoping food and coffee will fix it.

  2. says

    I got the second shot (Pfizer) on 18th June. The benefits of living in the EU, aka one of the places where vaccine doses are delivered first.

    Currently, less than 40% of the population have gotten their first COVID shot here. Meanwhile, Latvia is donating some of our vaccine doses to African countries, because said vaccines expire in August. Here people don’t want to get vaccinated even thought vaccines are available.

  3. garnetstar says

    I hope you’re feeling better soon!

    I also have learned not to look at needles. I’m not phobic about shots at all, I don’t care a bit or have any anxiety, and the sting is nothing. But, it does make me feel odd to see the needle in my skin, or to see the blood coming out when it’s drawn. So, Intransitive, you are not alone!

    The medical person probably just wasn’t thinking, but it may have been because a very rare side effect is a precipitous drop in blood clotting ability. They usually detect this from an unusual amount of bruising at the injection site, which may not have shown up in your tattoo.

    Anyway, best wishes!

    Here in the US, although I am fully vaxxed, we have started masking and distancing in my area again as of today. Due wholly to the startlingly-large number of selfish, arrogant, and/or deluded Americans who are allowing Delta to threaten us all.

  4. billseymour says

    Andreas Avester @2:  we’re doing only marginally better here in the U.S.  Almost half of us refuse to get vaccinated.

    I’m subject to a union contract where I work; and I’m currently having an argument with my shop steward who seems to think that expertise doesn’t exist and all opinions are equal (or something).  I’m not sure why I bother.