Yet again, it’s been far too long. With Christmas and recent illness and complications from that has been taking most of my attention from, well, everything.

Life was going by nice and quiet, when I remembered I needed to get a couple of vaccines. Seasonal flu shot, and the pneumonia vaccine. Unfortunately, I have symptoms of asthma that come and go and make me susceptible to becoming very sick in the winter-time. Last year I caught a cold which turned into bronchitis and started to turn into pneumonia. So, needless to say, it was recommended that I get the vaccine.

So, after work on Monday the 18th, I went to get my vaccines. It went without a hitch, and didn’t hurt quite as much as I had remembered. Later that evening I started feeling a bit odd, weak and a chilled.

All hell broke lose that night.

I woke up feeling like I was sleeping outside, I couldn’t stop shivering no matter what I did. My head was pounding, and my arm was hurting far worse than earlier in the day. After hardly sleeping that night, I emailed my supervisors around five in the morning and told them what was going on. They’re pretty relaxed so it wasn’t much of an issue.

I’m so glad I decided to stay home, because I felt absolutely terrible for the whole day. There was only about 2 to 3 hours between my naps, I couldn’t keep myself awake long.

Since the illness came on so suddenly, I decided to go to the doctor to see what may be going on. I had felt completely fine on Monday morning, and suddenly I was super sick that night. I wasn’t able to see my normal physician so I saw one that was on call. He couldn’t decide if I had the flu, or if it was a reaction from the shots. Regardless of that, he gave me some Tylenol 3 for the pain in my arm and basically said, “Eh, you’ll be fine.”

Whatever this illness was, it lasted from the 19th until the 25th. I ended up having a fever that was around 102.8, constant chills, fatigue, headache, and horrible arm pain. My fever didn’t end up breaking until around Saturday. At this point I don’t believe that what I had was the flu, typically it includes respiratory symptoms, I didn’t have any the whole time I felt unwell.

We were supposed to go to Sisters for Christmas, but unfortunately I still wasn’t feeling totally better by time Christmas Eve rolled around, so we ended up staying home and having our own quiet little Christmas. We exchanged presents, had Chinese food for dinner, and watched Elf. All in all, it was a nice Christmas at home.

On the 26th, we went over to my sister’s house and had a little Christmas celebration with her family and her husbands mother. I was started to feel a bit better, so we decided to go over and exchange presents, eat pizza, and watch the chubby cats on their new carpeted cat tree.

Today I decided to head back to the doctor to get my arm checked on, since the pain and swelling hasn’t really gone down. After checking the vitals, my physician started looking at my arm and noted the swelling and warmth that I had noticed. He decided that I had possibly sustained an injury in my arm/shoulder from the vaccines I received.


The swelling and pain is being caused by bursitis. So, that means ice, heat, anti-inflammatory medicine, and stretches for a while. My physician said that he has only seen this happen to a couple patients in his career. That seems to be my sort of luck with medical things, if it doesn’t usually happen, it will happen to me.

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