Beating Winter Hands Down.

The sound was like a siren approaching in the distance and getting closer by the second. It was only when it became piercing I realised it was issuing from my own mouth. I was hanging upside down from the ceiling and my fingernails were losing their grip. In truth I think I was losing my grip on reality.

Since I last wrote, at which time I mentioned not being too fond of the cold, my hands have taken to growing their own pair of gloves. There has grown a skin as thick and as strong as rhinoceros hide which has made bending the fingers very difficult indeed. I’m told this is another possible side effect to the vaccine which I hadn’t heard mentioned before. I can’t raise blood from the fingertips for testing my blood sugar so I’m having to be more adventurous. Yesterday the skin started to split just as it used to when my hands got very cold but each hand now appears to have 5 snakes in the process of shedding their skin.

This morning the nurse came and she was one of those sweet ones who hate to cause pain. I sat in my chair as usual anxious to see the results of Day 1 of the new super cream one of the senior nurses got the doctor to dispense. Rebecca cut away the stockinette, unwound the bandage, unwound the wool padding and unrolled the next stockinette. That hurt but we were down to the pads. She started to peel the first one away and I could see a big chunk of me coming away, it wasn’t cream they’d used but superglue. The agony grew and grew as she washed each section as she drew the pads away. I would have welcomed death with a handshake then. It was as we reached the heel and the various ulcers that I must have screamed, and judging by Mike’s chuckle it wasn’t just in my head,

“He’s always been a big baby” Mike told Rebecca as he helped me down from the ceiling lest I fall on him as I’d planned. As gently as she could Rebecca washed my leg down and applied new cream before forming a bootee from a large pad and starting the redressing process. Every slight touch was agony and my leg was on fire. There had been a fair amount of blood spilled, unfortunately all mine, which was cleaned up Pity I couldn’t save it for blood sugar tests. I took the bag of waste from her, exchanged it for some Easter chocolates for all the nurses and waved her goodbye. Most of the morning was over so Mike went out to get us some lunch while I lay in my chair, leg up, exhausted from the fray.

It’s now nearly 2.30 am on Sunday and I know someone will be coming to repeat this today.

For your own sake, if you know what vaccine you’ll be having. See if you can find out in advance what the possible allergic reactions are and be prepared. Check if you have underlying conditions that may be brought on by the vaccine. All of them will have some side effects. Remember though that a vaccine can save your life and some discomfort is surely worth that.

Happy Easter and Super Huge Hugs to you all.

About davidprosser

Retired Local Government Officer who started to write at age 60 and hasn't looked back. Writes a humorous diary on the life of a member of the gentry.......and the village he lives in with his sadistic early morning alarm cat Oscar and his wife the formidable Lady J.
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29 Responses to Beating Winter Hands Down.

  1. I realize you were in agony, but I couldn’t help laughing that you planned to fall on Mike when he helped you down from the ceiling.

    John and I had minor reactions to our vaccinations. I’m sorry to hear that yours were not minor. I hope all will soon be better.

    Easter hugs!

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  2. jilldennison says:

    😞

    I personally think they are feeding you a line of b.s. about all these things being reactions from the vaccine that you had more than a month prior. But what do I know, right? Feel better soon.
    Cwtch

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    • davidprosser says:

      If it’s b.s. then I’m not being fed it, I’m eating it myself. The nurses in the main blame no one In the posts I’ve read it’s usually around 3 weeks for reactions to happen which is when the majority started. My leg was already bad but the others seemed to follow the jab around the three weeks mark with the later addition of my hands following the theme and appearing as a side effect on the site.
      Cwtch.

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  3. TanGental says:

    Poor you. What a bummer. I suppose it’s just more evidence that some of us come in kit form and come to pieces more easily than is good for us. Hopefully this side effect remains just that and stops soon. Take care and when they nrxt offer you a superpower, avoid jigsaw man.

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  4. We are having a similar cause for concern about this vaccine. Anita ended up in hospital shortly after her jab, with a suspected blood clot. She has since declared that she won’t line up for the second jab, and I am inclined to agree with her.

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    • davidprosser says:

      I’m really glad she’s home again now as I know that was a terrible time for you. I will take the second dose as it hasn’t threatened my life. I do understand Anita’s reluctance though. Maybe the new single jab will be without danger for her.
      Massive Hugs and thanks so much for the re-post.

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  5. Mick Canning says:

    Ooh, hope that clears up soon, David. I just had a minor side effect, I’m happy to say. Severe chills for about 24 hours. It’s got to be better than Covid-19, though. Hugs.

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  6. I will be thinking of you today, David. Hugs. I hope this clears soon. I’ve had two jabs with only a foggy 12 hours after the second. Happy Easter.

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    • davidprosser says:

      `Thanks so much, John. I bet you’ll just be keeping tabs on my secret chocolate stash really I can see it being a couple of weeks yet but getting better all the time. I’ll have worn out the patience of all the nurses by then. I’m glad your experience Wasnt too bad but even that was an unwanted danger.
      Have a Great Easter.
      Hugs

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  7. suze hartline says:

    thinking of you. Reactions tend to show up about three weeks after the shot for people with diabetes and copd. Hope you heal soon, but I know how much longer it takes one to heal with diabetes.

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    • davidprosser says:

      It has to get better before I run out of chocolates for the nurses or there might be a riot. Mind you, when it happens I think the chocolate industry may well suffer. Thanks so much for your thoughts Suze. Have a Wonderful Easter.
      Huge Hugs

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  8. MELewis says:

    So very sorry you are having to through this, David. Sounds like jab you got was a double whammy given your other health issues. Hope the side effects clear up quickly, or that the nurse brings some serious drugs to keep you comfortable in the meantime. Huge Easter hugs to you!

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  9. davidprosser says:

    Thanks so much, Mel. It has been a bit of a double whammy but hopefully, I got someone else’s share to save them suffering. I could do with something to keep me asleep for a couple of weeks so I can’t see/feel them cutting at it. Just wake me up for decent sunshine.
    Massive Hugs

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  10. acflory says:

    Ugh, ugh, ugh. Knowing what a damn stoic you are, I shudder to think how bad it must be. Get well soon. 😦

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  11. Lakshmi Bhat says:

    Oh my God! hope you are better now, I had some stiffness in my arm for a few days after taking the vaccination. Take care.

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  12. literaryeyes says:

    Great line: I would have welcomed death with a handshake then.
    I’m sorry you had a reaction to the shot. I had some trouble two weeks after the first one, causing heart palpitations, after exerting myself that day. I think “take it easy” for two-three weeks after each shot is a good mantra.

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    • davidprosser says:

      Thanks so much, Mary. By the time I’ve had the second jab, I’ll be champing at the bit to get out and cross the border into England to see my grandchildren. Mind you, I’ll have to negate that with stay-at-home visits from my brother for Scrabble, Yahtzee, and cards. Get well.
      Huge Hugs

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  13. BERNADETTE says:

    As Betty Davis Davis said, “getting old isn’t for sissies”. Very much enjoyed your humorous cautionary tale.

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