Life in the Time of COVID-19: Of Fauci Ouchies, Side Effects, Facebook Blocks, and Political Issues

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Hi there, Dear Reader. It’s mid-morning here in west-central Florida on Wednesday, November 17, 2021. It is a cool late fall day – by Florida standards, at least – and we are in a bit of a warming trend. Currently, the temperature is 63˚F (18˚C), but with humidity at 95% and the wind blowing from the northeast at 2 MPH (3 KM/H), the feels-like temperature is 60˚F (17˚C). The forecast for today calls for mostly sunny skies and a high of 82˚F (28˚C). Tonight, skies will be mostly cloudy and the low will be 57˚F (14˚C).

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In yesterday’s brief post I mentioned that I was finally going to get my COVID-19 vaccine, after months of discussion and even arguments with the Caregiver on the topic. Well, I’m happy to report that I did get my “Fauci Ouchy” yesterday afternoon, although it was not without some incident.

It also wasn’t just a matter of going to one of the two nearby supermarkets (Winn Dixie and Publix) to get me vaccinated then back home. Nope. The Caregiver – wisely, I think – made use of her half-day off from work to take both her new boyfriend and me to get a haircut (and in my case, a beard trim), then do some food shopping for Thanksgiving.

(Aside: Damn. I was caught a bit off-guard by how close we are to Thanksgiving!)

We left the house at 2 PM Eastern and went to a nearby unisex hairstyle place. I wore my mask as it was my first venture outside the house in a long time. Alfred and I got our haircuts as the Caregiver waited, then we went off to Winn Dixie to see if their pharmacy was dispensing the vaccine.

Alas, due to the low volume of walk-ins yesterday, the employee, Doreen, said that they were not going to give me a shot because that meant opening a new box to get one dose and throwing the rest away. Doreen apologized profusely, but she also was adamant that the pharmacy wasn’t going to waste an entire box of COVID-19 vaccine just to dole out one dose.

After we bought a few items at Winn-Dixie it was off to Publix, which is a few minutes away (as the car drives). There we had far better luck; there were a few other folks in the vaccine line in front of the pharmacy and the Publix folks were still dispensing doses of either the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines.

Long story short; I got my Fauci Ouchy around 5 PM yesterday; I must go back in 27 days to get my second dose.

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Am I feeling any side effects from the vaccine?

First, let’s look at what the Centers for Disease Control have to say about the NAID vaccine by Moderna’s side effects:

Possible side effects

In the arm where you got the shot:

  • Pain
  • Redness
  • Swelling

Throughout the rest of your body:

  • Tiredness
  • Headache
  • Muscle pain
  • Chills
  • Fever
  • Nausea

These side effects happen within a day or two of getting the vaccine. They are normal signs that your body is building protection and should go away within a few days.[1].

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Okay. So far today – and the day is young – I can report that I have a bit of soreness in my left arm, and I woke up a bit more tired than usual. I also have a bit of a headache, but I frequently get headaches from sitting here at my desk and staring at a computer screen all day anyway. No nausea or chills or fever just yet, but as I said, the day is still young.

I also had to block one of my conservative friends from South Miami High for making religious and political comments about my getting the vaccine. He was really annoying, for one thing, plus he was making false equivalencies between the choice of getting a vaccine and a woman’s right to get an abortion.

This guy, Douglas Lattman, got the vaccine himself, but he said it that it was a personal choice for himself and not for any other consideration, such as to protect other people from COVID-19.

In a comment that I deleted from my Facebook, Douglas made a sarcastic comparison to liberals’ stance on abortion. I obviously can’t quote it word-for-word (and I deleted it as soon as I saw it anyway), but his core point was that if I supported women and their “my body, my choice” slogan, was I not being hypocritical by my criticism of conservatives’ opposition to vaccine mandates?

I didn’t waste time in responding to that long (it was several paragraphs in length) comment/question. It was too full of fundamentalist Christian talking points, for one thing, plus I don’t think I could have kept the conversation civil. All I know is that I hate false equivalencies, especially when you consider that while both issues (vaccination and abortion) involve choice, only one is a public health issue, while the other is a deeply personal and therefore private issue.

So, sadly, I now have one less Facebook friend thanks to the right’s insistence on making COVID-19 a political issue rather than keeping it a purely public health one.

As for the second topic I mentioned yesterday in my blog (the misplacement of my glasses), I don’t have any good news. I have not found them yet.

In fact, there’s a good possibility that they might have gotten mixed into the trash I was taking out of my room and gotten thrown into the garbage bin that was picked up by the trash collectors today. So, unless I am extremely lucky and ended up in one of my IKEA cubby drawers, I am Sierra Oscar Lima on the eyeglasses front.

I’m a bit tired and my left arm is sore at the injection point, so I’m just not going to look for the glasses today. I’m too stressed and not clearheaded to conduct a proper search, and because most of the furniture and the eyeglasses’ frames are black, looking for them in an agitated state of mind would just create more problems. I am not exactly guided by calm and logic when I lose things, and I tend to find missing things when I’m not looking for them.

I think I’ll take it easy today – my mind is too unsettled by the disappearance of my glasses and the unpleasant comment from my now former friend, and I am unusually tired early in the day. So, until next time, Dear Reader, stay safe, stay healthy, get vaccinated if you haven’t already, and I’ll catch you on the sunny side of things.


Published by Alex Diaz-Granados

Alex Diaz-Granados (1963- ) began writing movie reviews as a staff writer and Entertainment Editor for his high school newspaper in the early 1980s and was the Diversions editor for Miami-Dade Community College, South Campus' student newspaper for one semester. Using his experiences in those publications, Alex has been raving and ranting about the movies online since 2003 at various web sites, including Amazon, Ciao and Epinions. In addition to writing reviews, Alex has written or co-written three films ("A Simple Ad," "Clown 345," and "Ronnie and the Pursuit of the Elusive Bliss") for actor-director Juan Carlos Hernandez. You can find his reviews and essays on his blogs, A Certain Point of View and A Certain Point of View, Too.

3 thoughts on “Life in the Time of COVID-19: Of Fauci Ouchies, Side Effects, Facebook Blocks, and Political Issues

  1. I didn’t see his long comment, just the quip. Glad you deleted it. I hate people like that. I have liberal friends like that too. During a debate on gun control a person who was taking the stance that no one needs a gun confessed to owning a gun. That’s some cognitive dissonance right there. (For the record, I am for licensing and registering, not banning).

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    1. Prohibition of guns, especially at this late stage in American history, is just a non-starter. It’s not do-able, for one thing, and it would create more problems than it solves.

      You’d think that a country that loses 50,000 people per year to gun deaths, not to mention the assassination of FOUR Presidents (and one civil war) might want to reconsider its cultural attachment to guns.

      I would never support a ban on guns. I’d advocate limiting the types of guns citizens have access to, and would make firearms safety courses mandatory for everyone, not just gun owners. But just as we should have never even conceived the 18th Amendment to the Constitution, we should not repeal the Second.

      Ideally, I would be happy if our culture weren’t so enamored of firearms, but it is. Always has been, always will be.

      Re my former friend Douglas: I’m sad that I had to block him, but he was already on my restricted list for putting “Please give Trump a chance” comments on my shares of news accounts of the Former Guy’s early missteps as President. I deleted them because Douglas proudly identifies as a dyed-in-the-wool Christian and claimed that liberals deliberately “spun” everything Trump said to make him look bad. He got so annoying that I put him on my “restricted” list with the hope that as time went on, he would see that Trump was about as Christian as Ayatollah Khamenei of Iran and stop defending the then-President. I HATE blocking friends, especially ones I knew when I was young.

      And until Tuesday, that seemed to work, until Douglas decided to put that stupid “My body, my choice” comment on my “I got vaccinated” post to say it’s liberal hypocrisy to require people to get vaccinated while defending a woman’s right to legal abortion.

      So, after I read his diatribe about how abortion robs society of potentially productive citizens and that vaccine mandates are bad because they rob individuals of their rights, I blocked him.

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      1. Yeah, funny how no one like that ever worries about kids that are already here not reaching their potential and advocate for things that would support that. It’s the strawman argument they like that requires no effort (or expense) by them.

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