I have gotten this question a lot lately. The short answer is, I don’t know. My history of allergies is a tick in the no column. However, I’m also in a high risk category which puts a tick in the yes column. It’s difficult to say what the right choice would be. With anything covid related, no one really knows the long term effects. After a conversation with my doctor, it comes down to a risk/benefit analysis.
Previous to a conversation with my Dysautonomia International group, I said no way. I didn’t want to risk another round of anaphylaxis. More emotional trauma and the risk of putting myself back medically speaking. Now, after speaking to other people with my condition, I gained a different perspective. Putting it simply, doctors can treat anaphylaxis. We don’t know if I got covid whether it could be treated.
I’m in a difficult spot. Soon, I’ll be forced to go back to in person classes. There’s no way around that. I will be the most exposed I’ve been since covid began. I have a lot of fears going back to in person classes that aren’t covid related. Adding covid fear to that mix makes me hesitant but I intend to graduate this semester. If I refuse to take this class I’m signing up for another year and there’s no way I’m doing that. Especially not for one class. It’s time for me to move on. Whether I’m moving on in Minnesota or Canada, I need to finish undergrad.
This new exposure leads me to the conclusion that it’s worth the risk to get vaccinated. I got the flu vaccine for the first time this year. I normally refuse it. Not because I’m an anti-vaxxer. It was normal for me as a child and so as an adult I never prioritized it. When I became sick, it was more of a risk to my health to get it. So I relied on everyone else getting it. Despite these risks, all doctors recommended the flu vaccine this year. So I did it.
My doctor feels confident that whether I have a reaction or not, I’ll be okay. They’re prepared to deal with complications at most centers that are vaccinating. Of course, all of this is hypothetical right now because it’s not available to me yet. However, I do intend to get a job relatively soon. If I get the job I’m interviewing for, I will be in the healthcare field and it will be available to me within about a month.
Like I said, I don’t know what the right answer is. I’m guessing at this point. I want to protect myself the best I possibly can. The way I see it right now, that means getting the covid vaccine but that could change. I’ll let you know what I do when that time comes. Let me know on Instagram what your thoughts are and whether you’re going to get vaccinated.
I hope you’re having a great day. I hope it’s filled with joy, positivity, and laughter. I hope you find peace, love, and happiness.