Vaccine Porn

I hope that post title doesn’t get me in to trouble…

For those of you who are curious about why I need ice after my vaccine (or placebo) injections, I thought I’d post a photo for you. Avert your eyes if you don’t want to see a close up shot of my thigh.

The injections are given intradermally (think TB test) and they feel like really big, bad bug bites concentrated in a small area. Some people have said the injections hurt. I say I’ve had brain surgery, so 4 little needles are nothing. If the vaccine works and helps keep the beast locked away, buying me more time with my family, I’d be willing to go through way worse.

This time they started itching almost immediately and will likely continue to do so for a couple days. I can’t take an antihistamine or use anti-itch cream, which is where the Hulk(s) come in.

Update: My husband thought I should explain the circle…so here I am again. That circle, drawn with a sharpie, is to test my nurse’s sanity each month. They say if you can draw a perfect circle freehand, it’s a sign that you’re insane. Ok, that’s not really it. It gives her a guide for the injections and then I have to mark the ‘reaction’ on a transparency within a certain time frame. This is for the study and gives them information and tracking about how my immune system is responding to the vaccine. So now you know.

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4 thoughts on “Vaccine Porn

  1. You are impressive! Yep, I am one of those weird, curious ones who did want to see what it looked like. Just seeing it makes me itch! Thank you for sharing. Keep a big supply of the Hulks ready to use. Wish there were another remedy to relieve the itch for you.

  2. ACK! The only thing I can compare that to is what happens when I don’t take my Zyrtec every day. Environmental allergies attack my skin and I break out in itchy, itchy hives all over my body MISERABLE. I hope the ice keeps working!

  3. Hi thank you for writing about your experiences and your life. I’m curious as to what vaccine you are receiving. My wife was recently diagnosed with an inoperable astrocytoma and just completed her radiation. Any information would be helpful. Either here or via email.

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