Can you believe it’s been a year with this f***ing pandemic? It’s been long. It’s been tough. It’s been depressing. And it’s been politicized. What a year. But I do believe there is hope on the horizon. And tell me Andy Dufresne, what is hope?
Exactly…hope is a good thing. Maybe the best of things.
And right now that hope comes in the shape of a needle. I know there are many of you out there that will not take the vaccine for various reasons and I respect that. Unless of course you believe the vaccine actually inserts a chip so the government can track you. That’s not true. We all know that chip is inserted at birth. 😉
So anyway…I was fortunate enough to get the first does on Sunday. How did it go? What was it like? Any side-effects? Yep…it’s time for a self-interview…only because no one else will talk to me.
Weren’t you nervous about having celiac disease and getting the shot?
Nope. It had been determined it was safe for those with celiac disease.
So Dude…how did you end up getting an appointment?
I called up Cuomo, told him I was Gluten Dude and he put me first in line. Ok…not really. All of the credit goes to Mrs. Dude (with the help of her friends) who tirelessly worked the phones and used every avenue possible to get an appointment. She has also been doing the same thing for her parents, who live in NJ. Yep…she’s good people. Anyway, she finally found a number that got us an appointment in Brooklyn this past Sunday at 1:30.
What made you qualified to get the vaccination in front of other people?
I called up Cuomo…ok I’ll stop. For me, I have an autoimmune disease with a history of cancer and blood disease. Mrs. Dude has a history of cancer and high blood pressure. And at the end of the day, what is most important is that we get enough vaccinations in the country to reach some kind of immunity.
Did you need to bring proof of your health history?
At this location, while they asked verbally about it, they did not require written proof.
Which shot did you get?
Tequila. And then the Moderna.
What was the process like of actually getting the shot?
Ungodly organized and impressive. The facility in Brooklyn is run 24 hours per day and we were offered appointments in the middle of the night if we wanted them. Instead we got them for the early afternoon. On the way to Brooklyn, we drove past the Javitz Center and the cars were wrapped around the building. In Brooklyn? There were only a few people on line and we did not have to wait at all.
We had already filled out forms online so we were already in the system. We just had to fill out another short form, register at one location (it was all outside) and then proceed to the next location to actually get the shot.
Were you scared? Nervous? Anything?
When I was 10, I spent seven days in the hospital, getting blood drawn for what seemed like 37 times a day. When I had my embolism, I had to give myself injections for a month and then I had to get my INR checked via a blood test on a regular basis. So no…I’m used to the needles.
Did it hurt?
Not one bit.
They made us stay in a tent for 15 minutes to make sure we had no immediate reactions. After 15 minutes, we were on our merry way.
And side effects since then?
Yesterday (Monday), I was a bit groggy, had a small headache and my arm hurt where the injection was. Mrs. Dude felt like she had a slight case of the flu. But here we are Tuesday am (less than 48 hours after getting the vaccine) and we feel totally fine.
When’s your next shot?
April 1. I will then remove my mask, and all of my clothing, and dance thru the streets of the city. Actually, I’ll keep my mask on until I hear otherwise.
So that’s it. That’s my story. May the second half of 2021 bring us back to normalcy. Or at least the new version of it.