I just wanted to give y’all an update, related to Covid-19 vs Parkinson’s. I have officially joined in the Pfizer clinical research study.
So please don’t worry about me… “These vaccines do not contain the whole virus, or the parts of the virus that can make you ill., instead the vaccines are made up of part of the virus’s genetic code, surrounded by fatty particles called lipids. They use your own cells’ protein making machinery to produce some, or all, of the spike protein seen on the outside of the virus. This spike protein, made by your own body, may help your own body to produce antibodies to fight against COVID-19. We (they) will check how many antibodies you make by taking blood samples and testing them.”
I will receive two injections 3 weeks apart. There are 6 scheduled times for testing my blood: 1st time was yesterday, prior to when I received the first injection. (I also was given a nasal swab test), when I receive the 2nd injection, then at 1 month, 6 month, 12 month and 24 month. To determine how long the antibodies remain in the body.
They had us download an app on my phone, where we are to maintain our e-Diaries. “Complete the vaccination part of the e-Diary for seven days after each vaccination, once a day in the evening with the first day being the vaccination.” … “The vaccination part of the e-Diary (once per week) will also ask other questions about potential side effects you may have after the injection.”
I am pleased to report I have no redness or swelling at the point of the injection. John had some minor swelling, more like a welt at his injection last night. I had some minor arm pain as I retired last night, which still lingers, but John says he doesn’t feel any discomfort.
Our children have purchased round trip flights, for John and me to have a trip to Utah in October. Being able to receive the vaccine gives me a bit of peace of mind. But we will continue to maintain our distance, wash our hands and wear our masks.