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).
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.
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.