Vaccines? Bring it On…


Feels like really (really) bad tendonitis in my elbows and wrists. Strangely (to me) it feels similar to the painfully-bad reaction that I once had to Cirpo back in mid-2008. The Ciprofloxin regimen cleared the infection, but the tendons in my knees were extraordinarily painful just a day or two after I began the course. Had trouble standing and walking.

We found a few weeks later that the FDA issued a warning on the matter.

Well, that would explain the tendonitis that began without any change in physical exertion or activity.

And now **mumble-mumble**-years later, I seem to have some nearly disabling pain in my freaking arms — no change in physical exertion or activity. Is it possible that the nearly-debilitating tendonitis in my arms began just a few days after I had received the second dose of the Moderna Covid vaccine?

Certainly a curiosity.

Also, please don’t take this as some justification to forego any vaccines for whatever fabricated claims you may have — the side effects of any vaccine are far more agreeable than the illness it’s vaccinating against. If some illness can be blocked or mitigated through a vaccine, then effing sign me up. I have happily taken, and will continue to queue up and bear a shoulder or other appropriate muscular group to absorb any vaccine to mitigate illnesses because science:

I’m sure I’m overdue for a few boosters of some of those: DTaP comes to mind — or maybe they call it TDaP now. I dunno ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

*This mutates quickly and there are many different kinds of influenza. Immunologists make very educated guesses/predictions about which of its several variants is going to be most prevalent. Typically, you’ll need an influenza vaccination every year. I haven’t had one in a few years and am clearly overdue.

**I’ve had three Smallpox vaccines over the years. Yes, they stopped administering them en masse back in the early 1970s. But my first smallpox vaccine was when I was a child in 1976 perhaps, probably because they were concerned that I was immunocompromised. The second in 1989 when I joined the Army, because every trainee received it (along with several other vaccines). I had no reaction. The third time because the Army said, “Oh, no reaction? You must not have got a good stick… hold still…” Oh, look… no reaction that time either… a modern mystery that is. This also underscores that vaccines seem to work quite effectively, especially for viruses that are not prone to mutating.

***Typhoid isn’t a virus, per se, but a bacteria, Salmonella typhi. I no longer travel to locations where Typhoid is recurrent, plus it only has about a two-year effectiveness.


Edit: Interesting: Table 3, Arthralgia, Dose 2, Grade 3.

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