#916.5: I’ve Been Shot! – Update

In in update to this week’s story, #916: Oh My, I’ve Been Shot! (Again), I am pleased to provide all the nitty gritty details of getting a second jab in the arm of the ol’ mRNA vaccine.

Here it comes.

Are you ready?

I’m not kidding around when it comes to this stuff.  All the nitty gritty details.

Jen and I have experienced an eventful week since getting the second dose of Covid-19 vaccine.  On Tuesday night, about four hours after being shot in the arms, we experienced hunger, so we decided to order in.  We selected Italian, and both ordered the same:  aglio e olio with steak strips.  We each finished about half.  Later on that evening after watching American Dad, I experienced tiredness so I went to bed.  In the morning, the first thing I noticed was that I was hungry, so I was naughty and finished my aglio for breakast.  Around 10 that morning I went to Toys R Us and bought some Transformers, some Marvel Legends, and Star Wars Black Series figures.  I then had an odd tingling sensation, of being lighter in the wallet.  At the same time, a forgotten feeling in my chest emerged — the symptoms of joy from having scored cool stuff in a store once again.

Everything from this point on is simply a blur.  I didn’t know what to do, so I enjoyed the day off I had booked for recovery, wrote a review, and had a generally awesome holiday.

In other words:

Jen and I experienced no side effects.  Sore arms don’t count — that’s pretty much a universal complaint.  I had an amusing moment when I was changing around my box set display.  I was lifting a Def Leppard box over my head when I realized — oh shit, I can’t move my shoulder that high.  I discovered through the day that if I used my arm only from the elbow down, I was good to go. I just avoided moving that shoulder.  Went to work the next day.  All good.

To recap:

Jen and I had Pfizer in April, and Moderna this week.  No side effects.

It feels good to be over and done with this (until the inevitable booster — or not).  Now in a little over a week I’ll be at maximum immunity and I will be celebrating a birthday with my family.  I want to sit down in a room and watch TV with my dad.  That’s an activity I truly miss.  His channel surfing accompanied by grumping and complaining was the highlight of every visit.  I look forward to socializing with my family, playing board games, and maybe even going to see the next Marvel movie in a theater.

Oh!  Speaking of Marvel — watched Black Widow last night, not bad.  Widow was never my favourite Avenger; she and Hawkeye never resonated with me the way that Tony or Steve Rogers did.  Having said that, Scarlett kicked it out of the park with a family-focused storyline and some serious action sequences.  This was her Marvel tour-de-force and she had some intense one-on-one scenes.  The final confrontation with Russian General Whatever-akov (Ray Winstone) was cool because it was different for a Marvel film.  Rachel Weisz and Florence Pugh — also some fine performances and not the last we will see of Pugh.  And finally David Harbour.  You just want to hug that big dirty smelly Russian teddy bear Alexei.  This Marvel film was high on action, but also featuring slow and dramatic character scenes.  A pretty fair balance.  There were a couple neat twists, some cool shout-outs to the Avengers, and of course the obligatory post-credit scene.  We have now seen four entries of the MCU’s Phase Four.  Black Widow comes closest in scale to Falcon and the Winter Soldier, but far grittier.  It’s closest in the sense that it’s character-driven, Earth-bound, and without magic or space aliens coming into play.  And as to how this fits in with the future of the MCU even though it takes place in 2016?  Watch the post-Blip, post credit scene.

All is well.  Admittedly, I was worried about side effects.  A couple of my good buddy co-hosts on the LeBrain Train experienced a day or two of uncomfortable side effects.  So I listened to their experiences, planned ahead, booked a recovery day off work, and hoped for the best while preparing for the worst.  We got lucky this time, which seems miraculous for Jen given her complex cross section of medical conditions.  We rarely get lucky, but this time we did.  Jen is much more social than I am, and she needs to be able to go out and interact socially with her friends.  Me, I’m usually happy just to stay in and listen to music.  Jen and I are good this way.  So she is eager to rejoin society in whatever capacity given Ontario’s state of re-opening.

On last night’s episode of the LeBrain Train, I gave Covid-19 the finger for killing John Prine.

Let’s get this pandemic in the past.  Whatever you are currently doing to keep yourself safe, you’re doing a good job, keep it up!  We all live in different regions with different situations.  Me, I live in Hot Spot, Canada.  Stay out of the hospital.  There is one LeBrain Train guest whose name I will keep private.  He is a Covid long-hauler.  He has felt shitty for 16 months.  Any time something like that happens to someone close to me, it hits home.  I’ve been saying this for 16 months:  don’t be stupid.  Stay safe.  You matter.



  1. Well, as you know, K and I had AZ to start, and Moderna to follow, and both times we had side effects. Mine weren’t great this round, BUT, this will not discourage me from getting inoculated. We were much better prepared this time for side effects, and taught us to plan ahead in the future. Any science that could potentially keep me from dying is worth it.

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    1. Yes, agreed, I much prefer the odds now. Not worth getting sick. Dying is one thing…keeping your family safe is another. All important parts of the equation. Also, long hauler stories are terrifying.

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  2. I find it funny how the shots are done so different between our countries. We only got the two shots from the same brand and within 3-4 weeks of each other. You guys get shots from 2 different bands and 2 months apart. Which way is correct??? Will we eve know.

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    1. Canada’s vaccination strategy has been a very confusing journey, let alone trying to book to get vaccinated. We had issues with supply, which is partly why we had to pivot to allow vax mixing. I too hope we’re good with mixing; we have no choice here but to trust.

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  3. I had the Moderna vaccine. I was a bit tired the next day but nothing unusual to report. I am glad to hear BLACK WIDOW is worth watching because this LOKI show has been kind of disappointing so far and I plan to go watch BLACK WIDOW in the coming week.


    1. Really you don’t like Loki? Oh man I could on for days about Loki! The stakes are so much higher. Whoever is behind the TVA — my guess: Loki Superior is behind it, with Kang still being the man behind the man behind the curtain.

      The opening episode showing the powerless Infinity Stones really ups the stakes for all of Phase 4 and 5. Whoever the Big Bad of the phases will be (Kang?), we’ve been showing the stakes are sooooo much higher now. Thanos was nothing.


  4. Like John said above, it’s crazy to think that you and Jen got different vaccine brands, whereas in Hawaii, I had Pfizer both times (3 to 4 weeks apart). But you guys have a Toys R Us in Canada?!?!? The one in Hawaii near my area closed about a year or two ago and I’m still upset about it because it was fun looking at all the toys and playing with lightsabers.

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    1. Yes we still have Toys R Us! I am grateful!

      As Sarah mentioned, vaccine mixing here was largely due to supply and demand. We never knew where our next shot was coming from. But Moderna and Pfizer are supposed to be so similar that it won’t matter. Fingers crossed.

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      1. So lucky!!!

        It’s a shame the vaccine supply is limited outside of the US. I heard that the Pfizer side effects aren’t as bad as Moderna, but everyone is different. I’m just glad you and Jen hung in with the side effects like champs!


        1. I totally understand, it’s gotta be so hard for her! At least you’re in touch and doing what you can. Do they do distanced visits there, or maybe her on a porch and you guys on the lawn, or something?

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