So I have been working from home since March 2020, so doing things like vaccinations have to be purposeful. My employer requires both flu and COVID shots, which I’m good with, and the flu shot is free to employees – I don’t really want to get sick and I don’t want other people to get sick because of me. In addition, my doctor has been nagging me to get the shingles vaccine for the past maybe 5 years. I finally found out my insurance will pay for it, so I thought what the heck, I’ll go for it. This week on Monday, I got the second shingles vaccine. On Wednesday (yesterday) I did both the COVID booster and the flu shot.
Now I don’t know if it’s fibro related at all, but if you have a reaction to any vaccines, I’d strongly recommend spreading them out over time. Let’s just say, last night at about 4AM, every joint in my body said nope. And deserted me. I woke up with no joints. It’s very hard to bend without joints. Fever, fatigue, aches, all the usual symptoms I get with just the flu shot, times 100. Of course, I’m a wimp – I can own that. I know the pain I feel is exaggerated by my brain. I know I’m not ACTUALLY dying. Knowing that doesn’t make it easier to function, however. And besides, it’s always cathartic to fall into my dramatic swoon just before climbing back into bed under my fluffiest fluffy blankets. So I’m going to do my best, most dramatic swoon and cuddle up with my personal heaters – Lady the hi-temp Springer and two mildly mopey kit kats.
In short if they say, just get them both at once, and remember you need that second dose of Shingrex… beware… Give them the over-the-top-of-your-glasses look and just say, huh? come again?