I struggled for 2 weeks with on again, off again bouts of dizziness. I had a few good days on my bike interspersed with some days spent napping on the couch. I went back and forth about whether or not I should go through with the second shot but by the time the date came up for it I was feeling mostly o.k. Unfortunately the volunteer had written down the wrong date for the second vaccination clinic on my vaccination card and we showed up at the casino 2 days too late. Fortunately I was able to get 9:00 a.m. appointments for both of us at City Market the following day.
About 10-12 hours after the 2nd shot the dizziness set in again and I had a bad 24 hours of mild chills, mild nausea, fatigue and terrible dizziness and pressure in my head. Maybe a headache? I don't usually get headaches so I'm never sure what they feel like. Mercifully the terrible pressure in my head went away after 24 hours but the dizziness and fatigue persisted for 3 more days and I pretty much spent those days drifting in and out of sleep on the couch. I was able to walk the dogs for about 1/2 an hour and walk around the yard a bit here and there but that was about it as I'd then have to hit the couch to stop my world from spinning. Yesterday I was seriously doubting whether or not I'd made the right decision but today I feel significantly better and the only reason I'm not out on my bike right now is that the septic tank is being pumped. I'm hoping that's all it needs but I'm not optimistic. It's a pretty new septic system too. Life in the country.
I went running the day before my second shot, didn't feel too dizzy but also didn't feel awesome and tripped about 50 minutes into a 57 minute run. I landed pretty hard on my hip, hard enough to set off the emergency alert service on my Garmin which I thankfully managed to turn off before it actually alerted anyone. I fell heading downhill so I slid across some sandy slickrock for a bit as well. Miraculously I managed to escape with only a small abrasion on one knee. I never even got a bruise on my hip. My other knee and palms were covered in dirt where I'd skidded across the rock but somehow my skin remained intact. Back in my 40s or even my 30s there's no way this would have happened, I would have been covered in road rash and bruises and it would have hurt like hell. Because vegetarian diet. I'm not saying I'm currently bullet proof but thinking about it I've taken a few falls both running and hiking in the past few years and they've barely left a mark. I'm not sure why I fell, whether it was because I was mildly dizzy and didn't realize it or because I simply tripped on a funny shaped rock and lost my footing which happens to me from time to time. But it does have me concerned about hitting the trails again too soon.
The other odd thing was that my knee barely bled. And I wonder if this is something to do with the vaccine and the clotting issues some people are having. Hopefully my blood hasn't turned to sludge. Hopefully I just happened to not get a very deep cut. Still, it was weird to have road rash without a stream of blood running down my leg.
The skin under the dirt was scraped up, just didn't bleed through the dirt. Very strange. Being a guinea pig is fun!
Initiative 16 had its rehearing with the Title Board and they spent several hours tweaking the language but nothing significant changed. The problem is that it's intentionally written to deceive but not in a way that the Title Board can call them out on it. The objecting coalition will take it to the Colorado Supreme Court but I'm not optimistic, I think we need to assume this will hit the ballot. I have more to say about it but the outdoors beckon. I've been sitting on my ass for far too long.