Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Post Booster

 Well, I got my booster shot. I changed my mind about waiting and getting the Moderna shot December 10th at the health clinic and went to the local pharmacy Monday and got the Pfizer booster. It hurt. It still hurts. I felt crappy all day, and Tuesday as well. But as I type this I am starting to feel a bit better. I'm glad to have that done. I think I even feel a tiny teeny weeny bit safer. 

I wrote my siblings and told them about my booster adventure. I told them that I felt tired. That word "tired" started a very funny email conversation that went on most of the day. One of us remembered that my dad used to tell my mom that she was "born tired." Then someone remembered that she was also "born dizzy." It was very funny, and all in good humor as it was back in the day when my dad would say it. Then my sister emailed us the word battle-axe. Oh wow, we had forgotten and was reminded that our mom was a battle-axe. What is a battle-axe? 

Well one explanation found online was, "The prime example was the militant temperance activist Carrie Nation, who actually wielded a hatchet and made it her symbol, living in Hatchet Hall and publishing a magazine called The Hatchet. She became involved in the suffragette campaign for votes for women and this campaign further established the archetype." I think that describes the strength and power of my mom.  She was a force to be reckoned with.

So, a long post-booster shot day gave way to memories, humor and love. The perfect definition of family as we head into the Thanksgiving weekend. Happy Thanksgiving, friends. Stay safe and get boosted when you can. 


 

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  1. Good that you got your booster, but not so good that it hurt and made you feel crap! I had mine a few weeks ago, and didn't even have a sore arm. I wondered if she had actually done it!! Hope that you feel OK for Thanksgiving and have a lovely day. Obvs not something we do here. Christmas is the big family time for us.

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    1. Frances-- I'm feeling okay for Thanksgiving. This will be our second year of just celebrating the two of us. Staying safe and not socializing. Maybe next year.

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  2. OK, I'll admit it: I felt weary for a couple of days too, but didn't want to put you off having a jab. I think a lot of women of your mother's generation were forced into being "battle-axes" by society; it was impossible for them to affect the world in any other way. I must admit that a battle-axe being wielded by someone who was simultaneously tired and dizzy sounds a dangerous thing indeed; I'd have obeyed her every word!

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    1. John-- You made me laugh out loud. I so appreciate that you didn't scare me with a bad booster jab story. Thank you for that. Yes, I think my mother's generation had a difficult time of it. My sibs and I definitely obeyed our mother's words. We knew better than to ever challenge that.

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  3. I'm boosted. It may become a yearly thing like a flu shot.

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    1. Paul-- Yes, I've heard that as well. I may even get a flu shot. I've never had one.

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  4. Those are fun memories. And a day with memories, humor, and love is a good day. Hope you're feeling better now.

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    1. Colette-- It was a lovely way to spend the booster shot day, long-distance love and laughter with family. I am feeling mostly better. Thank you!

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  5. It is times like that with your sibling that can make the coldest day warm.
    Love the Internet for allowing such back and forths but also opening up such easy to find explanations for words like "battle-axe. Had no idea Carrie was the first and that it was a positive.

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    1. Patti-- Yes, it really took away the pain and replaced it with laughter and love. And, there's nothing better than that.
      I was also so surprised to see Carrie as a reference to battle-axe. It's quite a word.

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  6. I've been boosted too! Glad to hear about your experience. And oh the fun things said about our parents behind their backs! A real surprise that all was not total harmony in the marriage...but a bit of reality.

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    1. Barbara-- I'm glad you have been boosted as well. We're doing all we can to stay safe. Oh yes, it's a delight to look back with siblings and remember the time of our youth with our parents. We laugh a lot!

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  7. Glad you got your booster and hope you are feeling better, Robin Andrea! Your shared family memories are so fun and must make you feel so loved!
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and Roger!

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    1. EllenD-- I'm so relieved to have gotten the shot and am now done with it. We'll see what the future holds. I'm glad you liked the family fun.
      Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

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  8. So nice that you batted about fun memories.

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    1. ellen-- It's a delight to connect with my sibs and have these funny long-distance email conversations.

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  9. Interesting about "battle-axe" - I have just filled in a form from Leeds University about Dialect words.

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    1. WeaverofGrass-- Thank you for stopping by and commenting. For some reason your comments end up in the spam folder. I'm hoping that will stop.

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  10. LOL -- that is certainly a fearsome picture of Carrie Nation. From what I understand, though, alcohol abuse was rampant in those days so temperance movements were really needed. (Maybe not the ax!) At least now we have more awareness of alcoholism, though many people live in denial. Glad you got your booster.

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    1. Steve-- Oh yes, I read all about her reasons for her anti-alcohol position. she was definitely a force to be reckoned with. I love that she fought for women to get the right to vote too. What a toughie! I'm glad to have gotten the shot. Whew. I'm done for now!

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  11. It seems that the third shot has some side effects. Many people make the same complaint.

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    1. Red-- I'm feeling better. It was about 36 hours of feeling crummy. Not terrible, but not fun.

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  12. If I knew that the term battle-axe referred to Carrie Nation, I'd forgotten. That's a wonderful bit of trivia. Hope you feel even better today. Happy Thanksgiving.

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    1. Ally Bean-- I didn't know the term referred to Carrie Nation until I googled it. What an interesting surprised that was. I'm feel much better. Thank you! Happy Thanksgiving.

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  13. Glad you had your booster, you photo reminds me of a character off our TV called Ena Sharples https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ena_Sharples

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    1. Billy-- I loved reading about the character Ena Sharples. I hadn't ever heard of her before. What an interesting TV show that must have been.

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  14. We both got our booster shots at the same time in a pharmacy. Unlike the original two shots we both had arms sore to the touch and felt tired the next day. But it only lasted a day and now we're feeling safe enough for the holiday season. But still wearing masks in public.

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    1. Catalyst-- Today I'm feeling a bit crummier than I had expected. Hoping I feel better tomorrow. Definitely wearing masks in public. We still have to stay safe.

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  15. I had more of a reaction (mild) to the shingles vaccine than I did to the COVID-19 shots and booster. I'm lucky that I didn't have the side effects some have reported.

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    1. Paul-- I see more vaccines in my future. It scares me a bit. I tend to have adverse reactions to meds, but sometimes I just have to do it. Ugh.

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  16. Hmmm, connecting with sibs is not something that'll happen in this lifetime, and I'm fine with that. My wife and I got our boosters yesterday, and other that sore injection sites neither of us has suffered any side effects. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

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    1. presstfortime-- I hope you and your wife are still feeling fine after your booster shots. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Day.

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