So yesterday was a big day because…. I got my first vaccine!
I have been waiting (and posting about the wait) here on the forum for awhile now, but snagged a “last second” type of slot for the Moderna. Navigating the lines and entry as a Deaf person was a little tricky (it always is when it comes to masks), since sometimes people in my small town approach the thought of an interpreter (in this case, my husband) and I as foreign aliens… but all went swimmingly and I felt so grateful and humbled to finally have access!
Because I was expecting my arm to hurt, the hurting-arm has been less daunting because I anticipated it from the get go. And I think that’s often the case with me, psychologically. If I anticipate the worst… it isn’t? Perhaps because my brain is pleasantly surprised? If I have not been warned about negative side effects or high levels of pain with a surgery or treatment (feeding tube placements, for example, which we talk about very casually), it is often a rude awakening.
Do prefer to know too much about medical procedures or their side effects, or too little?
Knowing “too much”, for me, often means being underwhelmed by whatever worst-case I was expecting, and in turn, makes a negative into a positive. Knowing too little never goes that well for me (“they said this would be like having your ear pierced”) and often leads to frustration.
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