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The after effects and more

Covid vaccine

Because I work in health care, I was one of the lucky people that got to have a covid vaccination. I had the Oxford AstraZeneca one, well the first dose anyway.

I had the jab halfway through my first of two thirteen hour shifts over the weekend. After filling out a consent form, I spoke to the administering nurses and the jab was given into the top of my right arm. I was given a card saying I’d received the first dose. All good so far. I continued my shift as normal and went home not really thinking about the vaccine at all.

It was around 2am that I woke for the first time the next morning. I must have rolled over onto my right arm. It woke me up straight away. I got up to use the toilet (upset stomach). It was then I noticed that I felt dizzy. My arm was painful and felt heavy. I didn’t really sleep much after that.

The next morning as I was getting ready for work, I began to ache all over and my head was pounding. On arrival to work, I spoke with my colleague’s who had also received the vaccine. Some reported no side effects, but most felt like I did and some even worse.

I felt rough all day long. I ached all over, felt dizzy, tired and generally washed out. I just wanted my bed Paracetamol didn’t really help at all. It was the longest 13 hour shift in history.

On waking this morning, I feel quite a bit better. My arm is still a little sore, probably from where I have been laying on it all night.

Not of the above is to discourage anyone from getting vaccinated, but just to let you know how it made me feel. Had I of known how it would make me feel before I had the jab, would I still take it? 100% yes. Anything that can possibly help to ease this global pandemic has to be a good thing. I can’t see any sort of normality returning without having the vaccine.

I’m at the point now where I as missing some sort of normality in my life. I’m missing seeing my children, family and friends. I’m fortunate enough to be able to go to work and have social interaction, but it’s once I’m home with me door locked that I’m left all alone with my thoughts.

I’m missing the gym, exercise really makes a massive difference to me. The weather is uninspiring and not really persuading me to go out on my push bike. At home I feel like I am mearly existing, not living at all.

I know its the same for thousands all around the world that live alone. It is a dark lonely world right now. Please don’t let your thoughts get the better of you like I did last year. If you are worried about someone, message them, call them. If you are suffering, reach out to your family and friends. Although technology will never replace human contact, it helps to make the world slightly smaller.

It may be even worse during lockdown

About catmann1973

Hi, I’m Martin. 47 years old, living in Suffolk. I have three amazing grown up children. I have the best family and friends in the world. I am a football fan, love going to the gym and I am a motorcycle pilot. I’ve had mental health problems all of my life. This site is about my past, present and future. I’m hoping to make it easier for people to be able to speak freely about mental health. It can affect anyone at anytime.


  1. Wow great news. So happy for you. Long term benefit would outweigh the short term side effect. And definitely will save lives. X

    1. I just want the world to get back to some sort of normality. Hopefully when more people get vaccinated, this will slowly start to happen x

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