You know that feeling. When you keep checking your phone every few hours to check, when your heart longs for it to light up. You wake up every morning and the first thing you do is check for it on the phone again. Food tastes bland, sky seems gloomy, mood is sombre… nothing is right until you get that beep from your phone.
That was me for a while. When suddenly, one day, I looked at my phone and there it was.
The notification read, “Your vaccine appointment is on the 18th of July 2021.”
CUE SYMPHONY MOZART ORCHESTRA.
Oh my god, this amazing feeling. We all can agree the most romantic date we would have in 2021 is our vaccination date. I’ve never refreshed my Mysejahtera app more than I have any other app. Going through my Instagram timeline was so depressing because it was just a whole bunch of people (my friends, apparently) showing off their 1st vaccination dose, then 2nd vaccination dose… and me, nothing! People were on their 2nd and I hadn’t even gotten my appointment for my 1st. Is this what jealousy feels like?
Me: Look at all these happy people getting vaccinated and showing it off on Instagram. Ugh.
Also Me: Wheeeeeee.
I had my second dose two days ago so I thought I’d blog about it so I can remember this experience. I mean, generations after us would just read about covid in history books! We lived it!
Let’s be honest. All of us were scared of this vaccine, even skeptical of it. Are we sure about this? What if I turn into an alien? Does Bill Gates have anything to do with this? But hmmmm I won’t be allowed in other countries… how will I go to London? Ok take! Haha. Fine, that shouldn’t be a reason but it played a part… I ain’t lying to myself – this is my blog, my safe space, I can be honest. What made it even scarier is that I’m pregnant and people were sharing scary stories of premature births/stillbirths after the moms got vaccinated – I kept thinking about the baby and my worry increased. But covid cases were also increasing, the variants are mutating and equally, there were scary stories of pregnant women not surviving covid without the vaccination. You either get scared of the vaccine or you get scared of covid – which one you want?
This was, of course, only a choice I could make.
I did my research. I spoke to doctor friends. And most importantly, I consulted my own doctor. All of them said I should rush to take it, and that my baby won’t be affected. I reminded myself this isn’t the first vaccine ever made, and those scientists know what they’re doing. I had no issues taking all the other vaccines, why be so skeptical about this one? I need to trust, I need to educate myself, I need to not just protect myself, but also the community around me. Everyone should get vaccinated. I decided to register for the vaccination and left the rest to God. Bismillah, all the way!
I shared both doses experience on my Instagram so I won’t repeat it here – did a Reels. That’s right, I’m cool.
Both vaccinations were super fast, super painless (I HATE needles so please trust me on this). I was so impressed with how Malaysia rolled out the vaccinations so fast, and I’m so thankful because it’s free too!
Now, let’s talk side effects.
Some get fever, headache, fatigue, other major effects, so most people will be prepared and take the next couple days off to rest. I did the same, cleared my schedule, got new books – ready to live in bed for the next three days.
1st dose: NOTHING! No side effect at all except the usual arm sore that lasted two days. Baby was also kicking like normal.
2nd dose: Mild fatigue that made me sleep at 8pm and shocked the whole house. I woke up at midnight bright and chirpy to a house full of snoring people, which was really boring. Usual arm sore that lasted two days also. Baby was completely fine, kicking me without permission as usual.
Slightly disappointed I didn’t get to be all lazy in bed for three days, haha. But the arm sore was a pain in the a** guys. I was so scared someone would bang into it so I declared “Mommy’s Arm Bubble no entry zone” to the kids, and I could only sleep on my right side. I couldn’t lift up my left arm without feeling pain, so I didn’t wash my hair for days #luckyfadza. Good thing is you can ask your husband to take things for you, lift things up for you since you can’t lift your arm. Highly recommended to “prolong” this arm pain for a week. He wouldn’t know cos “every body is different”.
So, that’s it guys. One for the books! I’m so proud that I’m fully vaccinated now and I hope you guys are/will be too!
Booking flight to London now. #iwish