Sunday, March 14, 2021

Sunday Morning Reflections

Yesterday, the two-week post-vaccine period ended and my vaccine should now work at full capacity. 

I'm a cautious person, a critical thinker as best I can be, and these attributes have been a great help to me in navigating my life. 

So I listened to and read what the scientists had to say about the vaccines. I realize that they don't know everything, but that they feel comfortable in their desire to see all Americans eventually getting vaccinated.

I also knew with absolute certainty that I would not survive a bout with covid-19 should I get it. I'm 80 years old, I have Type-1 diabetes, and some damage to my lungs from those years, long ago now, when I smoked cigarettes.  I saw no way for me to survive a bad case of this novel virus.

So the choice was easy. 

How do I feel now? Much relieved, but still cautious as new variants show up.  But relieved, for sure. 

I also feel gratitude for everyone who has been involved in taking care of us during this past difficult year. 

And maybe, maybe I see a faint shimmer of light at the end of this long dark tunnel.


  1. We feel the same way you do, every word you wrote.. shimmer on light, we need you. we have 5 weeks to go to be where you are and can't wait. 2nd shot is 3 weeks away and two beyond it.

  2. Hello,
    I am glad you are over the two week post vaccine period. I will feel safe after we get the vaccine. I wish everyone would get the vaccine. Mean time, we are staying safe. Take care, have a happy new week!

  3. I feel relieved, too, but sorry for those still waiting. I received my vaccine through a happy accident, even though I have conditions that put me at high risk. Our state's rollout was not good and I know many over-80's still waiting and very stressed. I feel helpless, and just pray for them and try to find vaccine locations that aren't full for them (no luck yet). But for myself, huge relief. It freed me to take a job where before I was terrified I would get sick and bring it to my 86-year-old husband with badly damaged lungs.

  4. I'm glad that you feel much relieved but still cautious. I'm very cautious too. I've noticed that since covid, I haven't had a cold or flu in a year. So far so good but neither my husband and I have had our vaccine. I was given a booster shot for pneumonia so at least, that is good.

    We are still enjoying some spring like weather. I can't believe how fast March is going. Tomorrow will already be March 15th. Unbelievable...

    Hugs, Julia

  5. I'm right behind you but have the almost two weeks left yet. Like you I am not sure I will feel totally safe but definitely safer. Still plan to use precautions around people I don't know and will avoid any crowds.

  6. Your blog posts are so much younger looking, I never would have guessed that you are 80! And you are right to continue being careful, because of all the more aggresive varients. It is still not fully known how well the vaccines may work against each one of them.

  7. I'm glad you are on the other side of the vax. And yes, you needed the protection urgently. Now your life can open back up, cautiously. I will be there in about a month.

  8. I am so glad you have been fully vaccinated. Stay cautious and safe. That is all any of us can do.

  9. It was a relief for me to have gotten the 2nd vaccine too - I felt like when I was leaving, that there should have been some kind of an applause! But there wasn't, so I'm applauding you for being able to get it, and being "okay" post vaccination! ❤

  10. I like the way you think, and agree with your logic. I get my second dose on Tuesday, and will breathe a sigh of relief afterwards. But I will remain cautious going forward. Do I see some wildflowers in your photo?

  11. Hi Inger - so right ... we need to be so grateful having had the jab, but yet be cautious until more of the population has been vaccinated. I'm going to be careful for a while - but looking forward to getting to May and June and seeing where we're at. So pleased to see you're feeling more relaxed ... stay safe - with hugs - Hilary

  12. Yes, I think many of us do now see a faint shimmer of light at the end of this long dark tunnel.

    All the best Jan


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