Sunday, August 22, 2021

Photos (8/19/2021, Dusk) & a Statement

Side eye.
All the side eye.

I'm doing okay. The covid surge is obviously distressing. I’m working remotely. I still have to go places sometimes, and I have to be around people who have more chances of covid exposure than me on a regular basis.  


So much of my life, since early 2016, has been about trying not to die at a relatively young age. (Off and on for over five years.)  


I'm not going to deny that I'm angry. How could someone who is immunocompromised not be angry at this point?  


Fairly early on, the Guillain-BarrĂ© Foundation approved the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines for people who have had GBS. I don't know why anyone who has had GBS, even with long term residual effects, would say they can't be vaccinated. That’s incorrect. You can't get a flu shot or a tetanus shot if you have had Guillain-BarrĂ© syndrome, but the covid vaccine is strongly encouraged. Especially because GBS affects the heart and lungs, so heart and lung problems from covid could very likely be fatal.  


I received two shots of Moderna this past spring. (I was hospitalized with GBS in 2016. I've had autoimmune issues since I was around eleven or twelve.) Two weeks after my second shot, I was feeling very optimistic about the pandemic and things becoming safe. That phase of excitement was brief. 


If you haven't already, please get vaccinated. Please keep wearing masks in public places. Vaccines and masks help protect against the Delta variant, and lessen the severity of breakthrough infections. 


I definitely plan on getting a booster when it’s available.