Double whammy

Saturday, November 7, 2009

9 weeks, 6 days pregnant
My arms hurt!
OK, I just had to get that outburst out of the way. I ducked out of work a few hours early yesterday, once I heard the unadjuvanted H1N1 vaccine was finally available for us preggos.
I only had to wait an hour — which was great considering the horror stories of people waiting hours outside in the freaking cold — and got the H1N1 vaccine in my left arm, and the regular flu shot in my right.
I feel glad that I’m protected — or will be, in 10 days once it’s fully kicked in — but I was a bit of nervous wreck yesterday. There’s a bit of papework and queuing up in various lines before they actually inject you, and everyone always asks if you have any questions …
MULTIPLE HEALTHCARE WORKERS: So do you have any questions or concerns about the vaccine?
ME: Yes. I don’t want my baby to be born with horns.
MULTIPLE HEALTHCARE WORKERS (confused): What … oh, no, the vaccine has been tested, blah, blah, blah.
ME: Yeah, well, I’m not drinking Diet Coke, so it just feels a little weird to be getting a bunch of injections.
MULTIPLE HEALTHCARE WORKERS: Ah … yes … but the vaccine has been tested, blah, blah, blah.
I was still — am still — not 100% convinced it will not have a negative affect on Little Baby, but I know it was still the right thing to do. H1N1 is rampant in my city — whole province, actually — and the dangers of getting it seem to be worse than any of the potential this-vaccine-might-give-my-baby-horns risks.
So now I sit, with two sore arms, wondering if I’m going to be able to do my scheduled Christmas-crafting today. Hmmm. Chances are good I will just watch movies. I mean, my arms hurt!

2 Comments on “Double whammy

  1. I am shocked you were given the H1N1 vaccine! In my part of Canada, women are not allowed to get it unless they are over 20 weeks pregnant.

  2. That was the case here, too. But now that they have the unadjuvanted version, they want pregnant women under 20 weeks to get that one — and women over 20 weeks can get it as well, since it's the safer one.

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