I felt like I should celebrate, but I was too sleepy. Late yesterday afternoon I got in line for my drive through Covid-19 vaccine. This was my 2nd shot and now I’m a happy girl! As soon as possible I’ll be able to travel and see my newest grandchild. I’ve been counting down the months, weeks, and days until this could be done.
Because yesterday was also the day I began doubling my Gabapentin I was terribly sleepy. My eyes were almost shut and I kept dosing off all day long. I forced myself to shower and get dressed, although if I hadn’t had the appointment that would never have happened. Gabapentin has a side-effect of drowsiness and I was most certainly drowsy!
Our community has a terrifically organized covid vaccine distribution. We signed up online and our appointments were scheduled online. We received text messages with a code to get into the car line. There are hundreds of volunteers that are directing the various lanes of cars. When I told them each time of my anaphylaxis problem, they were very informed.
Our car had to park in the 30-minute wait time after my shot. This was a line to the far left and an ambulance was just a few feet away. The volunteers asked me if I was alright about 20 times. Since I felt okay, we left after 30 minutes. Easy. Peasy.
I celebrated a little bit too much with my meal last night and had a mild reaction. The Benadryl took care of it, but I didn’t get much sleep. When I woke up this morning my arm was sore and I was very achy. I had some chills this morning, but since the doctor already has me taking 2- 500 mg of Extra Strength Tylenol three times each day, that is helping me to feel better.
I had to send hubby off on his own this morning to get his PET test. There won’t be an appointment with an oncologist today, so he’ll just take the test and head straight home. It’s amazing how when I need to be there for him, I never know if my body is going to cooperate.
One of our adult children wants us to stay with them during his cancer treatments, so that they will be able to help us. They know that no one can depend on me. Every day is a new battle and I don’t know if I’ll be able to drive or cook. It’s not a good feeling when you are too sick to help your own husband.
So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. I John 4:16
I’m praying that God will help us know where to get treatment and that he won’t have cancer spread. I’m going to have to be as careful as possible to avoid mast cell attacks. But, at least I will feel safer flying or traveling since I’ve had my vaccines.
Chronic illness is so complex. It makes life very unstable, but God has protected me this long and I’ll trust Him going forward.
@2021, copyright Lisa Ehrman
Disclaimer: I’m not a medical expert. This post contains my experiences and opinions, and is not meant to be taken as medical advice. If you have a medical concern, please consult your personal physician.