The last you heard from me, the COVID-19 vaccine injection site on my right arm was red, hot, raised, itchy, and just overall uncomfortable. I haven't heard of a lot of people who got the Johnson & Johnson vaccine who suffered side effects like me (chills, fever, body aches, headache, and of course, COVID arm). That's why I feel like it's important for me to share what happened to me. Here's what I tried, what worked, and what didn't work to remedy my unhappy COVID arm.
I read that hydrocortisone helped some people with the itchiness. Since I'm always getting bitten by mosquitoes, I usually keep some in the first aid kit. Luckily, the Cortizone 10 I had didn't expire until this September so I slathered it on my arm.
It felt less itchy. For about 10 seconds. Then, it was maybe even more itchy! Fail.
I've stocked up on compresses because of my million bouts of mastitis in the past eight months. Anyway, I read that warm compresses have helped people who've experienced pain at the injection site so I tried it. And omg it made the pain worse. Warm compresses did not work for me!
With my aforementioned abundance of compresses, I decided to try a cold compress. And hallelujah it made my arm feel much better, nice, cool, and comforting. The warmth of my arm turned the cold compress warm in 10 minutes but it was better than nothing.
I was complaining about how my arm was so itchy and a friend suggested that aloe gel could help. I had a container of aloe that I bought in hopes of making DIY hand sanitizer during the pandemic but it never came to that. So I slathered the aloe on my COVID arm and it was soothing. This time for 10 minutes or so. Longer than the Cortizone. But I didn't know if it was worth continuously applying the aloe gel. But the success of the cold compress and the aloe gell gave me an idea. . .
(Generic) Benadryl with aloe cooling spray
Finally! Something that actually soothed the pain and itchiness for more than 10 minutes! Once the icy spray hit my arm, it felt locked in and fricking amazing. I only had to apply it once in the morning and once before bed! After two days of using the cooling spray, most of the redness, pain, and itchiness went away.
So I got my Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccination on Monday, March 22. I bought and started using the cooling spray on Friday, March 26. By Sunday, March 28, most worst symptoms of my COVID arm were gone. Today, on March 31, the injection site on my arm is still a little raised and sensitive to the touch, but all the pain, redness, and itching are gone.
On the news, I saw that they estimated 0.5% of people who got the Moderna vaccine had a COVID arm reaction. They're not even reporting on the Johnson & Johnson vaccine so I hope this is helpful to anyone out there who's experiencing these scary symptoms after their shot. Feel free to ask me any questions in the comments below.
If I had the choice to either get or not get the shot, I would still without a doubt get the COVID vaccine, even though the side effects were unpleasant. Because I know it's nothing compared to getting the coronavirus.
Scams of any kind are despicable. The most successful scams work when the victim is stressed out and they feel rushed and overwhelmed. Scammers take advantage of tax season to take advantage of you.
The more we know about scams and how they work, the less likely we'll fall for them. Check out the article I wrote for Island Scene Online, Avoiding IRS Imposter Scams During Tax Season.
Do your best to educate yourself and your loved ones about scams. Always be vigilant. And if something feels just slightly off or strange, take some time to think it over or run the situation by someone you trust. It could be the difference between protecting yourself and getting scammed.
Happy New Year! It feels so surreal to kick off 2020 pregnant! I'm still in shock. I'm happy, excited, terrified, basically all the emotions!
New Year's was uneventful. I can't drink so no ringing in the new year with champagne! It's just as well. I was so tired. It's time to start getting ready for our trip to Hokkaido at the end of the month. So much to do!
The other day at work, someone was eating a soft-boiled egg with oatmeal and I almost threw up from the smell. Ughh. It's going to be a long eight months! I haven't had any weird cravings yet but I now find mushrooms pretty gross. They were my favorite food pre-pregnancy! But they just seem to earthy and gritty now.
Baby T. is still so tiny. Here's her most recent pic:
In a couple of weeks (before we go to Japan), we going to get genetic counseling and take some tests that can reveal the gender. I'm not one of those people who don't want to know. Surprises aren't fun to me! Planning is fun! I just want to know that the baby is healthy. Finding out the gender so early is a bonus!
There are a lot of scumbags out there. One of my dream jobs is to be one of those people who catch online predators. I'm a good writer and convincingly pose as underage bait. I'm not sure how to get a job like this, but doing it part-time would be so rewarding.
Until then, here's a post I wrote for Island Scene Online filled with tips about Digital Safety of our Keiki. Hopefully it can help both parents and kids understand how to keep safe online.
I might be the most lethargic person I know! Sure, during the week I can hit 10,000 steps easy, especially since I'm able to squeeze in a 30 minute workout. But on the weekends, it's not uncommon for me to have about 2k steps a day. That's terrible!
Here's an article, Watch Your Step, I wrote for Island Scene Online filled with tips on how to hit that 10k step goal every day.