In which we are kept from harm.

I got my Johnson and Johnson one shot vaccine yesterday at Oswald’s Pharmacy. Some twelve year old, dressed up in nurse’s scrubs, launched the syringe like a spear into my arm. Then, she put her foot on my thigh and used two hands to pull it out. That’s what it felt like, anyway.

I have been lying in bed all day, listening to a gentle rain outside my window, which is the only soothing thing available to me right now. I can’t read. I can’t write in my Midori. My head is pounding, pounding, pounding, while my muscles burn, and my joints ache.

So, that’s how the vaccination is going for me.

But, my son brought me a bouquet of roses just like his father used to do when he was alive. They are so white and pure, a lovely reminder of all that we have which is good, and it is much.

The Lord will keep you from all harm – he will watch over your life; the Lord will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.

Psalm 121:7-8 (NIV)

7 thoughts on “In which we are kept from harm.”

  1. Such good news!! Sorry about the reaction but I can assure you it will pass. Did those roses give you the energy to post your blog entry? The best thing is, you are done!


  2. My husband and I got our second Moderna vaccinations yesterday afternoon. Other than a sore arm, we had no trouble with the first shot. The second shot hit me the same way yours did. My arm was sore last night, so I slept fitfully, but this morning I woke up with a fever (100.6), chills, excruciating headache and muscle/joint aches. I spent all day in bed and finally took some Tylenol in the afternoon. I was beginning to feel a little bit better, but now that the Tylenol has worn off, I’m feeling feverish and achy again. It’s a small price to pay, but i do hope that it’s all behind me when I wake up tomorrow. I hope you’re feeling better, too. Gorgeous roses from such a thoughtful son! xoxo


  3. Sorry to read that you are experiencing some uncomfortable side effects but I am so happy that you are now vaccinated. My wife got her 2nd Moderna vaccine yesterday and is feeling achy and running a slight temperature this morning. Now that we’re both vaxxed this introvert is going to carefully ease back into some semblance of normality. I so miss going to my local coffee shop and settling down with a book, a caffe mocha, and a scone. Take care.


  4. I’m so sorry about the side effects, and the person who administered your shot. My first shot was so painless, I thought she hadn’t given it yet. I am quite, quite nervous about my second one next weekend because I am reading about so many bad side effects. So sweet of your boy to give you flowers.


  5. Sorry, to hear of your bad reaction. It is good though to be vaccinated. I have got the first Pfizer and felt nothing. The second is waiting in 12 days. They say the second is a little bit worse, but my elderly parents were just slightly tired and down for two day. I hope it will be all right. Hopefully, you are feeling better now.

    The flowers are beautiful, so nice of your son to bring some comfort.


  6. What a horrid vaccine experience. I do not understand why some nurses feel the need to jab it into your arm. I didn’t even feel mine go in and had I not been watching, I would have question if it actually had. I had a bout of nausea and tiredness about six hours in. I got the Moderna vax. That’s it. I heard #2 is more difficult. At least you are one and done.


  7. I hope you are all recovered now! Sorry it was so tough. But the roses look lovely, and that quote was as inspiring to the rest of us as it was to you. Stay strong. 🙂


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