With trepidation and anxiety I had the first injection of the Modera COVID-19 vaccine this week. I did not want to take the vaccine right now and wanted to wait for the next roll out. I even prayed about this and thought I would proceed slowly. My spirit was unsettled and stressed about the whole ordeal.

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As I was driving to the facility to receive my injection, and praying for a good outcome, I received a call from a relative of a friend. My friend had been in the hospital for two weeks for complications of leukemia, and she also contracted COVID-19. Prior to her going to the hospital I had asked her if the people around her were wearing a mask, she replied sometimes. Her immune system was already compromised and she needed to be extremely careful.

I was so glad to hear from her because I had not heard from her for at least a week. In fact. I feared the worse, but when you actually hear bad news, it is like a bad dream. Her sister told me she died and I was overcome with grief. This is the first person I know personally that died due with COVID-19.

I know the family is probably devastated because they probably had no idea how serious it was to protect her immunity, regardless of the COVID-19 virus. She was high risk and I feel bad that I did not overemphasize the need for her to isolate. It is too late.

That tragedy was a reminder for me to continue to stay healthy and to encourage others to do the same, wear a mask, social distance and wash your hands. Remember it not a guarantee that you will not get COVID-19 once you take the vaccine, especially since the virus has mutated. My next vaccine is in one month. My arm was extremely sore, after the first vaccine. I did push-ups and had to go to a virtual weight class to relieve the pain in my left arm. Please stay well…

Published by Dr. Marilyn Crosby, PhD, MBA, MSN RN

I am an registered nurse with a variety of nursing experience in many areas of healthcare, including critical care, research, program management, quality, and complementary care. I have a passion for "all things related to health & wellness" and want to share pertinent information. Stay Well!

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