I went to the local hospital this morning, got a sheaf of paper and a 3×5 card, had a short chat and followed green arrows to the elevator. I’ve walked down that corridor a fair number of times, and have even been in the elevator.
But I’d never pushed the “G” button. Which took me down one level to what I’d have thought of as the basement. I suppose it’s the “G”round floor because it’s at ground level at the back of the building.
All of which was more entertaining to me than it is for you reading this. I enjoy walking through big, complicated buildings or — better yet — building complexes.
Such exercises are among my pleasant memories of a year spent at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis: make that U of M, Twin Cities; and that’s another topic.
Anyway, I followed a few more arrows which took me around a corner. After that, walking about a hundred feet brought me to the door of a conference room. A big one.
That’s where I got my “I Got My COVID-19 Vaccine!” sticker. It’s optional. The medico who was checking me in seemed businesslike, so I didn’t ask if I could have a gold star, too. Which is probably just as well, since I nearly walked off with her visual aid papers.
But I didn’t. A short walk brought me to one of the two screened-in ‘get your shot here’ spots. Where I got my COVID-19 vaccination. The first one.
I wasn’t taking notes, so I can’t be sure. But I think I was told about what was the “V-Safe” sheet and a “Fact Sheet For Recipients and Caregivers.” It ran to four sheets, text on seven of the eight sides.
Plus a “Patient Education | After COVID-19 Vaccine sheet. Text on both sides.
I could complain about that, but won’t.
Partly because they gave me something to read while sitting in one of the 23 chairs — spaced at six-foot intervals, the correct position for each marked with a little yellow taped “X.”
And partly because I don’t mind getting information. Which included brief discussions of what contemporary culture calls “privacy.” This isn’t the world I grew up in. In some ways it’s better, and that’s yet another topic.
I got my vaccination at about 9:40 this morning. It’s now about half past four in the afternoon. The “Fact Sheet For Recipients and Caregivers” listed possible side effects of this vaccine. Which included a curiously-generic “feeling unwell.”
I’m pretty sure I haven’t experienced any of them. “Injection site pain,” maybe. But my right shoulder has been giving me fits off and on, so I can’t be sure about that.
And anyway, growing up with a glitchy hip encouraged my perception that discomfort isn’t “pain” until it keeps me from moving.
I’ll be going through pretty much the same routine of Friday, June 11th, when I get the second of two COVID-19 vaccinations. At least, that seems a reasonable assumption.
Side effects from that one may be more interesting.
I can’t be sure, since a full-scale medical ‘what’s causing this’ investigation would have taken more resources than we have. And more, likely enough, than would be warranted for a situation that was unpleasant but not dangerous.
But what he was experiencing looked a lot like a selection from the listed vaccination side effects, cranked all the way up.
Which may mean that he’s got a high-performance immune system. So if I don’t run a high fever, experience hideous near-crippling pain and generally feel awful — I could fret that there’s something wrong with my immune system.
Or I could assume that my son isn’t exactly like me, which seems reasonable.
More, mostly related to COVID-19:
- “Another Trip to the Emergency Room”
(May 15, 2021)
- “Sunshine, Holy Water and a Trip to the Emergency Room”
(April 11, 2021)
- “People Who Need People — and the COVID-19 Pandemic”
(January 24, 2021)
- “New COVID-19 Vaccines: Goodish News, Ethical Issues”
( December 16, 2020)
- “COVID-19, Cells, Viruses and mRNA Vaccines”
(December 5, 2020)