I received my second dose of the vaccine about 4 days ago, and today is the first day I have felt almost 100% normal. The experts say it affects every person differently, and I know that to be true! My almost 80-year-old father had very little side effects, while I seem to have had every last one of them!
Being down for the last few days has given me some time to think (between chills and body aches 😊) This is what I’ve learned:
Never take your health for granted
Good health is a blessing! I assumed that my second dose wouldn’t affect me, so I had a whole agenda for the weekend planned. I had no choice but to set most of it aside. If you are relatively healthy, do your best to maintain it (eating healthy, exercise, self-care, etc.), and be intentional about taking care of yourself.
Pray for others
While I could do nothing, I was led to use that time to pray for others. After all, we really should be interceding on behalf of others anyway! God kept reminding me of people who were experiencing difficulties, and I would stop and pray for them right then, or even send them a text message to let them know I was praying. As you are going through, don’t forget there are others also experiencing challenges.
Allow people who care about you to help you
I was raised to be independent, but sometimes, we need the help and support of others. When I really started to feel the effects of the second dose, I thought I would be able to go to the store myself to get Tylenol and other things, but my body would not let me. I’m grateful for friends who checked on me and went to the store for me. We are not super men and women; set pride aside and allow others to be a blessing to you.
Listen to your body
If your body says rest, then rest! If your body craves water, then drink it! Your body will tell you exactly what you need; all we have to do is pay attention to it.
Count your blessings
While most of my Easter Weekend (including my vacation day on Good Friday) was spent at home, I am grateful. Now that I’ve been fully vaccinated, I can plan a trip home and visit family members I haven’t seen in over a year. My challenging few days are worth it.
What lessons can you learn from your challenging times?