Taking Responsibility

“You are so stubborn,” Vicky said, sitting across the kitchen table from her boyfriend. “How can you expect anyone to be sympathetic toward you with an attitude like that?”

Ken pounded his fist on the table, causing coffee to spill from both of their cups. “Talking with you, Vicky,” he said, “can be so monotonous. You are such a drama queen, and you have no zest for your God-given freedoms as an American anymore.”

“What a bunch of drivel,” Ken,” Vicky said. “It’s because of my zest for freedom and for life that I am insisting that you get vaccinated. You need to step up and start acting like an adult and shoulder some responsibility, if not for your own health, but for the health and possibly the lives of your friends and family.”

“This is not my fault,” Ken protested. “These vaccines have not been thoroughly tested and it could turn out to be a case where the cure is worse than the disease. But of course, it’s inevitable that you would take their side over mine.”

“The only side I’m taking,” Vicky insisted, “is science and common sense over conspiracy theories. And If you don’t agree to get vaccinated with all deliberate speed, you’re going to spending your adult life without me on, or by, your side.”

Written for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (sympathetic/monotonous), MMA Storytime (attitude/zest), The Daily Spur (queen/shoulder), Your Daily Word Prompt (drivel), Ragtag Daily Prompt (inevitable), and Word of the Day Challenge (speed).

Fandango’s Provocative Question #113

FPQWelcome once again to Fandango’s Provocative Question. Each week I will pose what I think is a provocative question for your consideration.

By provocative, I don’t mean a question that will cause annoyance or anger. Nor do I mean a question intended to arouse sexual desire or interest.

What I do mean is a question that is likely to get you to think, to be creative, and to provoke a response. Hopefully a positive response.

This week’s provocative question is simple.

Have you gotten vaccinated for COVID-19 yet? If not, are you planning to? If you have, or are planning to, how do you think your life will change afterwards? If you’re not planning to get vaccinated, why not?

If you choose to participate, write a post with your response to the question. Once you are done, tag your post with #FPQ and create a pingback to this post if you are on WordPress. Or you can simply include a link to your post in the comments. But remember to check to confirm that your pingback or your link shows up in the comments.

A Shot in the Arm — Part 2

I got the my second COVID-19 vaccination on Thursday. I was warned that, because the second vaccination is like a booster shot, I might experience more of a reaction than I did when I got the first shot.

They were right. The day I got the second shot, my arm was a little sore. But on Friday, I woke up feeling achy, had chills, and a slight fever. I felt very tired and my stomach was a bit queasy. I took Advil, which helped a little, but it was still a rather unpleasant day.

Today, Saturday, two days after the shot, my arm where I got the shot is still a little sore and I’m not yet at 100%, but I am feeling better than I did yesterday. I’m going to take it easy for the rest of the day today and I’m sure I’ll be back to my old self by tomorrow.

In the scheme of things, feeling achy and not great for a day or two is a small price to pay for having been vaccinated against a highly contagious virus that, for more than half a million Americans, has proven to be fatal.

A Shot in the Arm

I got the COVID-19 vaccination on Thursday, the first of two shots. I have to admit that I’m experiencing some worrisome side effects:

  • Vertigo
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Loss of taste
  • Loss of hearing
  • Loss of hair

Oh wait. I had all of that before I got vaccinated. Sorry about that.

What I am experiencing post vaccination is a slight soreness in the arm where I got the injection. Otherwise, I’m good to go and very happy to have finally received that shot in the arm.