FDA halts J+j covid vaccine: What you should know

Happy Wednesday! Yesterday, on my way to volunteer I heard over the radio that the Johnson and Johnson Covid vaccine was being halted due to a possible rare side effect. This particular vaccine is the one shot vaccine. The Moderna and Pfizer vaccines, the two shots, have not had this particular side effect. Read about my experience with the Moderna vaccine. Apparently there were 6 cases of a stroke like illness all in women under age 50 after receiving the Johnson and Johnson one shot Covid vaccine. There have been over 6 million doses given. So, you may be wondering why it was halted.

Since the reaction appears to be in a very specific set of people, women under 50, the FDA will review the cases to see if this particular group should be advised not to get that vaccine, and instead receive the Moderna or Pfizer vaccine. They also will investigate if there needs to be more education to Health Care workers of symptoms to watch for, or questions to ask before giving the vaccine. In my mind this should already be occurring, but maybe it isn’t. When I got the Moderna vaccine the real issue was allergies. Because I am prone to allergies and reactions I had to have extra monitoring time after getting the shot. Because all of the women who had this rare reaction to any other indicators of risk for a blood clot. Why those questions? If you smoke and take birth control it increases your chances of having a stroke exponentially. Just one of those risks will also increase your risk.

What are the ingredients in the J and J vaccine? Click here to read.

Does this mean you should refuse getting a vaccine? I would say no. Educate yourself on whatever vaccine is offered to you and then make an informed decision. You may choose to get one vaccine over another or speak to your doctor first to see if you have any increased risk factors, and may need closer monitoring post vaccine. Most experts agree the best way to get out of this Pandemic and return to normal is via vaccine.


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my experience with the covid vaccine #2

Happy Friday! I did not get much done since Wednesday, because I got the second dose of my Moderna Covid vaccine. They actually wanted to schedule me to have it today, but I requested to do it Wednesday, because I have to work tomorrow. Boy am I glad I did it Wednesday. I am totally relieved to have it done and over with. I get nervous about vaccines because my Immune System seems to go into hyper drive. I have no idea if it is because I have CKD, but I expected a rough 24 hours, at least.

I got the shot at 230 PM on Wednesday. Within 30 minutes I could tell I was going to have a super sore arm, I way more sore than the first one. By bedtime I could barely lift my arm the pain was so bad. If you have ever had a Tetanus booster shot the pain is similar. I also became extremely tired within a few hours to the point where I thought I was going to have to take a nap. I just kind of chilled and stared at the TV, lol. So not me. I was able to finish binge watching Wentworth on Netflix. I so can’t wait for season 9. I went to bed very early and slept in. Again, so not me. Thursday, my arm was not as sore, and I was not as tired, but still no desire to do much of anything. I also got a fever of around 100 degrees that did not go away with Tylenol. By about 10 PM the fever broke. So, about 36 hours of feeling kind of crappy and lazy. I can’t really complain. It was kind of nice to just do nothing for a bit. Today, I am all better and could kick myself for not doing much for 2 days, lol.

Have you had the Covid Vaccine yet? How did you do with it?

I think it takes 36 days to have full efficacy of the second vaccine.

This weekend I have to work so I probably won’t add any new content. I am working on a new logo, and some other things. Next week I will be blogging about the DASH Diet and maybe some St Patty’s rcipes.

Have a great weekend!

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This week’s $5 Dollar dinner idea

This could be for a lunch as well. Some of these items I bought before this week, so I didn’t remember exact prices. So, I used my trusty Basket app to let me know what prices were at my local store.

My family loved these little mini pizzas. You see four in the image, but I only ate two. They were very filling for me. You could easily make them ahead, freeze them, and use them in lunches for work or school as long as you have access to a microwave.

All you need is:

Thomas English Muffins: 2.49

Pizza Sauce: 1.19

Mozzarella Cheese: Borden brand is the cheapest at 1.89

That comes to $5,57. You could use a generic brand of English Muffin to bring the price down a little bit. If you have an extra dollar the pepperoni at Walmart was only 1,00 You get 6 muffins per package. So, a family of 3 could each have 2. We toast the muffins first, then add the sauce and cheese and bake at 350 for about 10 minutes. You could put these in an air fryer as well.

For those of you who have CKD most breads will have phosphorus in them. I can not find where Thomas English Muffins have any on either app that I use. Mozzarella cheese per 1 ounce has 132 mg so use very sparingly. Pepperoni per 3 ounces also has just over 130 mg of Phosphorus. So, again be careful with how much you are eating.

This is obviously not a low carb dinner idea, with 26 grams of carbs per muffin. However, if you watch your carbs the rest of the day you certainly could enjoy a mini pizza muffin. That is what I did.

For some exciting news my Buffalo Bills are going to the playoffs, woot woot! Are you a Bills fan?

The new vaccine has come to my area, and I am hoping as a health care worker and someone with CKD I can get the vaccine. I will keep you posted. If you can get the vaccine please do so.


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