Life in the Time of COVID-19, or: I Got My Second Spikevax Shot, and I Have the Sore Arm to Prove It….

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Hi there, Dear Reader. It’s late morning on Thursday, December 23, 2021. It is a cold early winter day in Lithia, Florida. Currently, the temperature is 58˚F (15˚C) under sunny skies. With humidity at 67% and the wind blowing from the northeast at 3 MPH (5 KM/H), the feels-like temperature is 57˚F (14˚C). Today’s forecast calls for sunny skies and a high of 69˚F (21˚C). Tonight, skies will be clear. The low will be 50˚F (10˚C).

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Last evening the Caregiver took me to the nearby Publix Supermarket so I could get my second dose Spikevax (Moderna) COVID-19 vaccine. We did not make an appointment, but according to the paperwork from my first “Fauci Ouchie” I was due for a second one yesterday, so after the Caregiver filled out the form, we killed the hour-long wait by shopping for the Christmas Day dinner on the 25th.

The initial jab did not hurt much – I felt a quick twinge of pain as the pharmacist gave me the shot – but this morning my upper left arm is sore. Not unbearably so, but since I’m left-handed, lifting anything heavier than a paperback book is accompanied by protests from the nerves and muscle tissue around the injection point. I also have a wicked headache, which I am aggravating by my hard-to-break habit of sitting in front of a computer for hours at a time.

As a result, and because I woke up (again!) much too early, I don’t feel all that great. I’ve been told by friends who have gotten vaccinated that the second dose almost always has more side effects than the first. Not everyone says this, of course, but I’d say that most of the anecdotes I’ve seen on the subject are of the Oh, my! The second dose laid me low for one- or two-days variety.

This was taken in December of 2017 on December 25. The aquarium is no longer there; it had a crack that no one noticed in time to buy a new aquarium, so a couple of years ago all the water leaked out and flooded much of the living room. (Family photo)

Hopefully, that will not happen to me, but just to get through the day, I will not be at my desk all freaking day. I don’t know what I will do after I post this; the Caregiver and her beau have company, and since I hate being a fifth wheel in these social gatherings, I might just sit on my futon and watch a movie (or two) on my 4K UHD TV set. Or I’ll listen to music. Or I’ll read a book.

Anything, really, that keeps me off the computer!

But, in the spirit of the season, here are some of my favorite Christmas songs to make your spirits bright.

And, as always, stay safe, stay healthy, 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.

4 thoughts on “Life in the Time of COVID-19, or: I Got My Second Spikevax Shot, and I Have the Sore Arm to Prove It….

  1. Hang in there, Alex.

    Christmas evokes different memories and feelings in all of us each & every year.

    Remember you are on this old earth with the rest of us as it spins 1000mph while it’s hurtling through space on its orbit around the sun at over 17,000 mph. It’s a miracle we survive at all.

    We all only get to make this round trip once a year and it is one hell of a ride. So just remember spring is on the way and then summer and fall and another winter.

    Enjoy the changing seasons as long as you can because every round trip, every year makes new memories to reflect on. Some better than others.
    Remember to treat each season as something new because it is and always will present an opportunity for change.

    You are the only one responsible for your own life. It’s not easy but you have a gift of communication with your writing, and you are a good person.

    Keep Smiling.

    Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year.


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