MAC and getting the COVID vaccine
This is a wonderful team…like a real cooperativa family…we are a band of patients that strategize together…amazing. All good dialogue for “rits”…I also believe the CAT scan would be a good step…it arms the doctor with evidence.
I have another question for the group…what are the feelings on “us” being candidates for the Covid vaccine? Has anyone yet vaccinated? I see my ID doc this afternoon…it is one of my concerns. Any feedback appreciated.
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So sorry for your loss.
My niece's sister in law, an er nurse, died of covid just before Christmas. She treated covid patients. Just a few weeks after she was gone, front line health care workers were being vaccinated. Terrible to think about.
As always Sue, thanks for all your useful information and for caring. I am at a bad place medically with both my copd and my digestion causing serious problems since January. My qol is pretty low and I had hoped that with vaccination I would be able to put covid fear away. Of course everything is a risk. I guess I had hoped that the vaccine would do more to eliminate the risk for me than I now worry that it doesn't. I need to before careful than I have been for the last week or two. I can't venture out but I have allowed someone into my safe sanctuary.
It's still scary!
Hi Sue & everyone. 2 things: I agree, this is not heaven, but we are still blessed in innumerable ways. I have PMR, am on 10mg Prednisone, will start long term 1/2 pill in 3 days. Tip: I use store brand liquid acetaminophen (Tylenol) in the morning, when PMR is worst, and at bedtime. I turn age 80 this year, have had asthma since age 2, have never smoked or used alcohol. I can’t get the Covid vaccine due to 2 episodes of anaphylaxis, reactions to doxycycline (Lyme disease) and blood thinners (but the ambulance trips were fun!). I had one flu shot about 20 years ago, have not had another, and never get the flu anyway. Perhaps my inhaled asthma meds (albuterol) 4 times per day are the reason? I’ve been vegetarian since 2010, eat no fish/seafood/chicken/beef but do eat eggs & dairy. Except for morning PMR pain until the pred kicks in, I have enough energy for 3 people. Maybe it’s because of my daily dose of dark chocolate? Don’t know if my experiences will be helpful to you fellow PMR pals, just sharing. 😊
Try to look at the Pfizer testing to see if there is any info – they were originally doing some comparisons between one and two doses, and found much better immunity with a second dose. I don't know if they continued that test or abandoned it.
You're so welcome, Carolyn. Toni
Yeah YOU! Love the spirit!
I had a scary reaction to my first and only Pfizer vaccine in late August. It didn't start until later in the day, went all night, then started lessening during the following day. My heart was going BOOM! BOOM! BOOM! really hard and skipping every 3 or 4 beats. The odd thing is that I had exactly that reaction earlier in the summer when I found out that I was allergic to tart cherries. I have several other allergies, including shellfish, latex, and some pollens. I'm trying to think of alternative ways I can get immunized. Wasn't crazy about what I read about the J&J one. If I could I would try the children's one, which is a third the dose of the regular adult Pfizer one. as a test.
October 8th I’ll be 13 weeks beyond the date of my first two shots. Convinced this stuff can kill people, even those who have “good” lungs, I’ll be be there with bells on for the “booster.”
I agree with Thumperguy. I was early in line to get my first and second shots and will get the booster when it is available to me.