Here in the “not so good old US of A” I have been doing my best to avoid the news. Bits and pieces have unfortunately reached my brain without my consent. Everything is a mess, and nothing is for sure. I know my life goes on no matter what the outcome, but how I adjust to it is the concern.
Tuesday morning, I had my second shingles shot. My doctor had forewarned me that the second was more difficult for all her patients. Knowing I needed both for the 90% effectiveness, I felt I had no choice. The last thing I want is to have shingles again.
My arm started hurting immediately, but it wasn’t too bad. By Tuesday night I began feeling achy. I woke Wednesday feeling like an 18-wheeler had run over me. All my body parts afflicted with arthritis were turned up to a nine-pain level. I was nauseous, my arm was killing me, I had a horrible headache, and I just felt like crying. I momentarily worried about COVID. I had hugged my youngest grandchild on Sunday and wondered if I had exposed myself.
I then remembered the doc’s warning and decided to just lay low and take care of myself. I couldn’t eat anything and even drinking water made me gag. I finally got down some toast and later applesauce. I was able to sip ginger ale which seemed to help my stomach.
Today I could tell my body was returning to my normal. The usual places hurt the usual amounts. I was finally interested in eating and getting out of bed. Annie was thrilled to have me go out and play with her. I did a few minor things outside and a few chores in the house. I still avoided the news all day.
I kind of lost track of what day it was today. This week has been such a blur. A dear friend has also had a very bad week. I feel deeply for her losses and challenges. I feel selfish when I think about what struggles those, I care about are going through.
I still have a lingering headache. It is pretty bad. I am not one who usually gets headaches. Hopefully, that will decrease as the days go on. Although, I do believe if I actually watch an entire news program, I may have a permanent headache.
All I can do is take care of myself to the best of my ability. I can pray for friends and family as I do on a daily basis. I can send good energy out to the universe for kindness to everyone. I can continue to look for things to be grateful for. I can hold on to the serenity prayer as tightly as possible.