On the edge of 17
I am delighted to have been administered the first dose of the Pfizer vaccine on Wednesday morning, but holy hell, Thursday was awful! Somehow, I stuck it out all day at work but felt like I never quite woke up. I took a snooze on the couch when I got home, went to bed early, and slept soundly, so I'm feeling much better today. I'll have to take the day after the second dose off of work, or at least have it optional. I had slight soreness at the injection site and had chills a few times, otherwise OK except totally out of it all day. Heh.
Also on Wednesday, I celebrated 16 years of the QUIT! That almost 117,000 cigarettes that I have not consumed, and loosely in the area of $30,000-37,000 saved, plus other health benefits.
That's so crazy!
I actually felt fine all day on Wednesday, and made corned beef (in the Instant Pot) for St. Paddy's Day, and Colcannon for the first time... definitely not the last, but it's only going to be a once-a-year thing with all that butter & cream. (It was SO good!)
If Wednesday couldn't have been any better, Kate also received her UK Visa! She has a 90-day window from mid-April to travel, and hopefully things will continue to improve in regard to Covid and travel/quarantine restrictions between now and then-ish.
Photo from last year, when the Garden Room was still small. Haha.
Spring begins tomorrow, and it's 17 years ago tomorrow that I published my first KNITORIOUS blog post!
That is also crazy.
We're in for some good weather & sunshine this weekend -- 60F on Sunday! I hope it'll be nice in your neck of the woods, too. Have a great weekend!
Congrats on shot #1! I had my second one a few weeks ago, and the next day was pretty much spent wrapped up in my electric blanket. So glad to have had both vaccines though. Mine was Pfizer also.
Hurry up, Spring!
Posted by: Teresa L Schneider | 19 March 2021 at 12:26 PM
Lots of craziness in your post! :-) Good crazy! I have heard . . . that people who've already had COVID have a stronger reaction to the first dose of the vaccine. So maybe that was what was going on for you? I had virtually no symptom to my first shot (which was Moderna, but still), but friends are warning me to watch out for that second one. . . And I'm so glad to hear about Kate's visa!!! (What a process THAT is!)
Posted by: Kym | 19 March 2021 at 01:04 PM
That's a lot of good stuff! Including the vaccine even if it did come with a side of exhaustion. Have a great weekend.
Posted by: Robby H. | 19 March 2021 at 01:56 PM
I'm sorry you had a strong reaction to the vaccine but I agree with Kym, it's likely because you had COVID already. My arm was sore for a day or so but I otherwise felt fine, we'll see what happens when I get dose 2. What a relief for Kate to have her visa! And go you on so many years of blogging!
Posted by: Carole | 19 March 2021 at 02:19 PM
Congrats on all those milestones! especially the sans nicotine one!! me too. not as long as you but boy so glad we did it!!
I remember your non smoking start and I also remember your bro's (Mike?) car accident so I guess I've been around for a long time too!!
I had my first shot of Pfizer and didn't feel a thing, during or after. So glad it is all good for you now.
Posted by: Susanne Scheurwater | 19 March 2021 at 03:08 PM
Congrats on your shot! (yes... we both had a bit of a funk feeling after receiving shot one. Hot, then cold, and headache-y) And a HUGE congrats on all those years of NOT SMOKING!! GO YOU!
Posted by: Kat | 19 March 2021 at 04:32 PM
I just read an article this morning that the first shot might be tough on people who had covid since their immune system was already primed. I'm glad you are feeling better, and have your lovely amaryllis to celebrate spring, 16 years of quitting, and 17 years of knitorious!
Posted by: Bonny | 19 March 2021 at 05:32 PM
Like others, I've also heard that people who've had COVID are more likely to have reactions, but it sounds like it wasn't too bad, and here's hoping you're just fine after the second dose.
Congrats on being 16 years smoke free -- that's an amazing accomplishment!
Posted by: Sarah | 20 March 2021 at 08:46 AM
Congrats on the 16 years of no smoking! I'm coming up on 2 years!! And blogging 17 years - I can't imagine - lol. Yay for Kate's Visa and yay for the vaccine. Hope your second dose is easier. We are registered and still waiting....
Posted by: Vera | 20 March 2021 at 11:59 AM
oh I am so happy about Kate's VISA coming through ... and your first shot (in spite of the after-effects) ... and starting your 17th year without smoking. Virtual high-fives and hugs!!
Posted by: Mary | 22 March 2021 at 04:07 PM
Friend who had COVID suffered more side-effects from the first dose than those of us who had not had it (we had none), but for the second one we were wiped out. I have enjoyed being along with you for your yearly milestones. I can't believe it was so long ago that we began this journey and our friendship. I am so happy that you are still blogging! So glad that Kate has a chance to realize her dream!
Posted by: Margene | 23 March 2021 at 02:44 PM