Other How did you mentally prepare for the Covid Shot?

Recovery4Me

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Yeah, I know…I have dragged my hind parts on getting the shot. It’s called “needle avoidance” which actually came in handy during the Hippy Era but now…not so much. So I am getting massive blood work done to make sure my underlying causes or concerns are addressed and setting up an appointment in a few weeks at a clinic with my Dr. where the intake is small versus a Fairground Site that they send everyone to (not joking) at this time.

So I was wondering, how did you manage to stay calm during the shot? The entire subject is so charged surrounding Covid, side effects, pro and cons… that it is a thesis just to saddle up to - “Yes, I will do it.” I mean I have stayed secluded like some Hobbit for a while now and it is time to brave up. So what did you do and did you get the shot? *Not trying to start any major feuds just having my hypervigilance overriding reasonable pursuits and requesting your tips to get ’er done. Thanks.
 

grief

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i received mine today. the experience was awful. it went extremely poorly and ruined most of my day. but i do not regret getting it. it feels like a weight is beginning to lift. i got a bit nauseous and my arm hurts but that has since faded. and having been through the experience once i am better prepared for the next time.
 

ladee

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Mine went very smooth. Both of them. First shot, my arm at the injections site a little sore. The second one, arm a little more sore but he sort of jabbed it in so I think that was why. No side effects. No problems. Feel much safer now but still wearing a mask in public places with a lot of people around. I got the Moderna shot and most people I know that got that one are reporting no side effects.
 

Movingforward10

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Like everything in life: denial!

First jab: went in like nothing happening. All done. No thoughts or feelings. And then side effects hit within 2 hours. Second jab: worried. But all fine.

Is there a way of changing the narrative? It's looking after yourself.
Can you chat with the person doing it to help them relax you?
 

Recovery4Me

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received mine today. the experience was awful. it went extremely poorly and ruined most of my day

Congrats on self-care and so sorry to hear concerning the experience. If you choose to share on the parts that faired extremely poor…(or otherwise) I will listen. Otherwise thank you so much for chiming in.

myself for it the same way I usually know that the blood-pressure cuff is going to hurt,

Hey, the blood pressure cuff always hurts and/or bruises me too! Actually I appreciate knowing there are others out there that have had that experience as it takes a lot not to clock the technical administrator of the cuff. Glad you got the shot and shared : thanks Joey.

Like everything in life: denial!

Giggling on that line but so true for the human condition, yes?

Is there a way of changing the narrative? I

Unfortunately, needles (for me) are wrapped deep in some serious memory triggering casualties and situational trauma. So if I don’t have an full jacket flashback, defensive posturing with violent maneuvers or pass out during my blood work and my Covid Shot …my T and I will be proud. Please know it’s all good as each of us has situations that brought us the PTSD visitor. 🤗 This is just part of mine.

But the gun can also be loaded with a single vaccine.

Thanks…remember. I will check into it. Hopefully they make them a color and a different shape now. Have you seen one lately in a civie practice?
 
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grief

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If you choose to share on the parts that faired extremely poor…(or otherwise) I will listen.
actually the primary reason i mentioned this is that... i had a full blown ptsd melt down. it really went about as bad as this experience could have gone.

but! it still had a positive outcome. i had not wished to derail your thread with my own experience. but more... sometimes it will just suck! and maybe hearing from somewhere that yep it sucked. but it still was all right. even after sucking hard.

but it will still be okay. at the end of the day. you will make it through. my advice is... which you could take with salt. of course. that you may want to call ahead and make a plan for it. let them know you have needle phobia.

and that you may need more time for the shot. or someone more experienced. or whatever that is which would make you to be more comfortable. or if you have any kind of medicine you could take beforehand. or to make a note with your therapist to support you at that point. etc etc.
 

intothelight

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I cried with relief after almost a year of isolation, not by choice, but necessity. Each of us have our own journey and I hope that you can find the good outweighs the bad. Also, most health professionals totally get needle fear and can be a really great source of support and encouragement.
 

Friday

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Have you seen one lately in a civie practice?
My doctors office has one, you just have to request it in advance.

One of the docs has a needle phobia (And you chose to become a doctor??? 🧐 // Speaks well to my passion for medicine, doesn’t it? 🤓 // That or your masochism. 🤣.) So I rather doubt most offices have one just kicking around, but I’d suspect hospitals do, might be worth giving them a ring, at least?
 

Recovery4Me

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that... i had a full blown ptsd melt down. it really went about as bad as this experience could have gone.

Your honesty in that post also included the positive- both times. Your vulnerable truth of having an PTSD Attack is not a deterrent to me but a badge of courage that allows me to move forward knowing if I flip- so the Ef what…I would be in good company and I have gone postal before. 😉 So thank you : shame of possible outcome no more.

I cried with relief after almost a year of isolation, not by choice, but necessity

Blessings to you for sharing and enduring what you had to do to survive with your own set of medical. I really admire who you are and what you represent. Thank you again.
 
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