My name is Andrea and I am a 42 year old mother of two kids. My life was pretty normal up until May 5, 2021 – as normal as a pandemic world could be. I was able to keep working from home full time. I was grateful to keep busy throughout the pandemic. I was initially laid off in March, 2020, so I was fortunate to land another position within the organization. Things were looking up. I knew there were many others who were not as fortunate so I didn’t have much to complain about.
In May, 2021 my age category first became eligible for the Covid vaccine. My husband and I drove out of town to get ours. There were no appointments available in our hometown and I was eager to get our vaccines, as most people were. I was concerned about the spread of the virus and wanted to do everything I could to protect myself and my family. Besides the sore arm, I felt ok for the first little while. The next day I attended a virtual work conference and I didn’t feel right. I was lethargic, had no appetite and I was very warm and sweating profusely. Every time I stood up, I got lightheaded. I didn’t think much of it, because it was normal to have a reaction my Moderna pamphlet said.