When my older sister originally made an appointment back in April for us to get our vaccine together, I backed out from fear. She went ahead and did it, while I sat on the idea of getting it over the last few months. I wasn’t anti-vaccine, I was simply vaccine hesitant, and quite honestly fearful of potential side effects.
Then on Monday, after a late-afternoon walk, I had a sudden feeling like, Okay, it’s time. Glancing down at the shirt I was wearing, I noticed it was capable of being pushed up for a shot in the arm. Check. Does Walgreen’s accept walk-in’s? I checked on my phone. Check.
And so I drove to Walgreen’s, ready to take on this big decision I’d been idling on for months now. The cold AC-air blasted me as I walked through the automatic sliding glass doors, and I wandered in, my platform Mary Jane’s clomping on the shiny floor as I made the walk to the pharmacy section in the back of the store. I stood, waiting for one of the pharmacist’s to come to the plexiglass window.
“Hello, can I help you?” the young man asked, decked in scrubs.
“Hi! I’m here to get the COVID vaccine,” I squeaked. Welp, there were the spoken words – no running out of the store in fear now.
And so began the filling-out of papers. Even though I felt nervous, the strangest feeling came over me that was much more powerful than the little fears tickling the back of my mind – and that was, complete peace and calm. Which was…odd. How did I feel so calm suddenly after being scared to do this for months?
Not to get all weird on you all, but I’m going to get all weird on you all. I felt like something** was keeping me calm…and I am not a calm person when it comes to needles and the unknown, believe me. But, my heart was not pounding in my chest, as I thought it would be. It was like a magic wand had been waved over me, and something was telling me, without literally saying it, that there was no reason to fear anymore. (**This same something is what’s made me feel like I’ve never really been alone in life. You can call it intuition, or a guardian angel, or the Holy Ghost, or a spirit guide, or the ghost of a dead squirrel following you throughout life, what have you…)
And so I did it!!!!!!! I’m not trying to influence anyone on this topic, the COVID vaccine is your own personal choice, I’m just sharing my experience! After I got the shot, I wandered around Walgreen’s for 15 minutes, as I was instructed to do, to make sure I didn’t have allergic reactions. So I tried to distract myself and not think about the fact I had just been injected with something, and honestly, I was quietly hoping I wouldn’t randomly die in the aisle. To distract myself, I looked at unicorn puzzles in the kids section and got myself a bottle of Propel berry water. I felt better already!
And for an update, I feel fine and it’s been several days now; I just had a sore arm for two days after! We shall see how the second shot goes on August 9. 😄
Beautiful Japanese Gardens at Woodward Park. ❤️ And guess who finally got a panda umbrella? 🐼💕
See ya next time!!! 💖