received my second COVID-19 vaccination at

11 a.m. Thursday, April 15.

At 5:15 p.m. I checked my arm to see if it was tender. It was only slightly tender, but I noticed some slight swelling in the area of the injection. 

About 6 p.m., while eating dinner, I began to feel a bit cold. The temperature outside was growing cooler, and the windows were open, so that may not have been related to the vaccination. I put on a sweatshirt and went to help my husband hang a few cabinets.

While hanging the cabinets, I noticed my arms felt a bit weak and tired. Because I have carpal tunnel syndrome in both hands, that may not have been related to the vaccination.

As evening continued, I completed some tasks I needed to get finished. I didn’t feel overly energetic, but I also didn’t feel any signs of getting sick. Late in the evening, I started feeling some aching in my hands, but due to carpal tunnel syndrome, that was still not necessarily related to the vaccination.

The next morning I woke up feeling slightly draggy, but not overwhelmingly so. I had planned a day of doing nothing just in case I had any negative effects from the shot. I spent the day between the couch and the reclining chair, mostly watching TV. Once I moved to the reclining chair I slept for a couple hours. I’m not sure if my body was grateful for the opportunity to catch up on weeks of sleep deprivation or if I felt tired due to the vaccination, but I did enjoy the napping.

My husband cooked supper and I helped a little with cleanup. Afterward I moved back to the couch. My joints got a little achy, but that sometimes happens when I eat certain foods, so yet again it wasn’t something I could be sure was related to the vaccination.

I went to bed around midnight, worried that because of my napping I wouldn’t be able to get to sleep. That wasn’t the case, and the next morning I awoke feeling well-rested.

Based on my experience, and that of several family members and friends, I would recommend anyone who wants to limit the possibility of contracting COVID-19, or mitigate its effects should they contract it, get a vaccine. 

Some people I know have described feeling more under the weather than I did after their vaccination, but none of them have said they regretted getting the vaccine. Also, I’m reasonably sure my vaccine didn’t include a tracking or spy device of any sort, unlike my phone, computer, tablet, car, televisions and other “smart” devices I have.

Even though I have been vaccinated (a little less than a week to go for greatest immunity), I will continue to wear a mask in public. That’s because as I understand it, being vaccinated means I could possibly pick up the virus and carry it around without having symptoms. Those who haven’t been vaccinated could be in danger of picking it up from me.

Rest assured, I’m not afraid, or lacking in faith in God. I’m not a sheep, blindly following the orders given to me by the mighty government. If you see me with a mask on, know it’s a sacrifice I’m making for your benefit, not mine.

Tracey Wolfe