Yesterday Attila discovered that about six weeks ago, just after he returned to work after being home for medical reasons, there was a case of Covid-19 at his workplace. Well over 1000 people work there, the facilities are huge, and Attila works at all facilities, moving around a lot. The precautions that are taken at his workplace are very good, but they are not a guarantee against the coronavirus, as the only guarantee is complete isolation, which he cannot undertake, which means I cannot undertake because I live with Attila.
Just a week or so after Attila returned to work, I received a flu shot, and a Shingrix shot. I had a sore arm and a rash within 24 hours after receiving the Shingrix shot, a known side effect. A few days later I experienced extreme gastrointestinal symptoms. The Shingrix information stated that this was a possibility, and would last three to five days. It is four weeks now, and although this symptom has improved, it still plagues me.
So given that there was a case of Covid-19 where Attila works, during the time he first returned to work, I wonder, are my gastrointestinal symptoms really a result of the Shingrix shot, or did Attila bring home the virus without having experienced any symptoms himself? Gastrointestinal issues are not part of the screening questions for Covid-19, but they can be the only symptom of a mild Covid-19 infection. I will never know of course. I wonder what reaction I will have to the second Shingrix shot, coming up for me in the New Year. If I do have a second gastrointestinal episode, then I will lean towards Shingrix being the culprit.
Another distressing piece of news yesterday, is that the UK recommends that people with severe allergy issues NOT receive the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine, which is the one that is approved now in Canada. Apparently there have been a few anaphylactic reactions to the vaccine in the UK. Since I have anaphylaxis, this could have serious consequences for me. I am hoping they isolate the allergen in the shot, and that it is not a substance that I am allergic to!
The combination of these two disappointing pieces of new information about the coronavirus has left me feeling a bit anxious today. So much so that I have had a nosebleed, which happens when I am experiencing serious distress. My nose knows.
I am also a little sad, because I won’t be seeing the Grandbabies this year during the holidays. We usually see them once or twice a year, and only for a few hours then, so it isn’t a big change. It has been almost a year since we last saw or spoke to them, but we hear through the grapevine that they are healthy and well, so we feel glad of that for them. We debated this year whether we could find enough money to send gifts for Christmas, but since we aren’t giving each other gifts, or buying a Christmas Tree, we have been able to cobble together enough to send modest toys to the Littles, and a bit of money to Biggles. Luna’s three are the Biggles, the twins Imp and Elf are teenagers now, and Tink is just a few years behind them. Terra’s three are the Littles, the twins Sunny and Sky are four, and Willow is two. Getting the package for the Littles and the cash for the Biggles ready to send off helped to lighten my spirit.
This is just one of those days when I need to sit quietly, exist, come to terms with reality, and my valid feelings about it all.
This Christmas our plan is to enjoy the fact that we have our health (fingers crossed), and to spend time creating delicious food from scratch. We already have some goodies to make on our list: Gingerbread Cookies, Mincemeat Tarts, Steamed Christmas Pudding, and Panettone. We will splurge on a carton of Ice Cream as well, a special treat for Attila, he loves the stuff. The turkey is waiting in the freezer, and will be enjoyed with our garden Brussels Sprouts, Scarlet Runner Beans, Squash, as well as purchased Sweet Potatoes and Potatoes. The dressing will be made with my homemade Organic 100% Whole Wheat Bread. Our feast will be the highlight of our holiday celebration.
A little amusement. Our mail is delivered to the house. I always know when. The delivery person talks loudly on their cell phone as they work, I can clearly hear their side of the conversation. I know more about this person than I would like to!
Date: 10:00 AM EST Thursday 10 December 2020
Condition: Mostly Cloudy
Pressure: 101.9 kPa
Dew point: -0.1°C
Wind: WNW 9 km/h
Visibility: 24 km
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