state of the desk & the vaccine

April 12, 2021

In the interest of getting more data points out there, I had a pretty noticeable reaction to the J&J vaccine last week. It started about 4-5 hours after getting the shot, like a pretty sudden onset of flu symptoms. You know how on day 5 of being sick, you start to feel better but you’re still all wrung out and your whole body feels like it’s been beaten up and you have no energy? That’s what I had. Lasted for maybe a day and a half, then I was fine. No pain or soreness at the injection site. Anecdotally, I’m hearing about a huge range of reactions, from “nothing at all” to “in bed for three days.” I landed in the middle. An odd and interesting experience. It was weirdly kind of nice to have a reason to just go to bed and not worry about things for a little while.

Meanwhile, it’s been a pretty good week. Spring has sprung, my crocus came up late but they did come up, and we’re due for another spring snow which will be fun.

And I’m working on stuff. I’ve got a whole bunch of new thoughts about the War of 1812, how it seems to have been mostly organized by really incompetent people and it might have gone very differently if that had not been the case. This reading has me thinking about the Star Trek vs. the Expanse models of space battles.

Also, I made chicken pineapple curry last night and it was REALLY GOOD.

4 Responses to “state of the desk & the vaccine”

  1. Michelle Garcia Says:

    Glad you’re feeling better🥳
    On the British side during 1812 any one with intelligence and compassion were forced out of government . Also alot of information was leaked at tea parties and balls.

    Be well.


  2. carriev Says:

    On the American side it seems to be:
    Madison: “Let’s invade Canada!”
    Half of Congress: “Great idea!”
    Madison: “Great! Let’s raise some money for the army!”
    All of Congress: “Oh hell no!”

    And it went downhill from there.

  3. Carbonman Says:

    Glad the impact was moderate and short lived.
    Had my first shot yesterday afternoon. The shoulder around the injection site was a little sore yesterday but good today. No other side effects a day later.

  4. Well, at least you are getting through the initial wave of the reactions and making it. Also it’s so cool the research you do for your novels. Love your work.

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