‘Why I got the COVID-19 vaccine’
I feel so thankful to have been vaccinated against COVID-19 as a healthcare provider. I’m an occupational therapist and work part-time in home health. I support vaccination because of what happened to me.
I didn’t know I was at much higher risk to die from bacterial infections because I don’t have a spleen. I also didn’t know I needed a vaccine to protect me from meningitis. No one EVER told me. Seriously. Because I didn’t know, I paid a very high price. I almost paid with my life.
Let’s backtrack to 2007. I thought I had the flu, but 20 hours later I was intubated and comatose, with my organs failing. I was nearly dead. In fact, I had a 98 percent chance to die. Doctors thought I would lose all four limbs and possibly my hearing, vision and a lot of skin – including my nose and ear. I was at a high risk of severe brain damage, seizures and strokes.
At the time, I had four young boys – ages 1, 4, 9 and 10. By the grace of God, I overcame the odds. I was fortunate to only lose my legs below the knee and some cognitive function. But, the after effects linger for a lifetime. It’s never over.
Meningococcal Meningitis is a horrific, devastating monster of an illness. It often takes a person’s life in less than 24 hours.
Did you know COVID-19 also has been known to cause some rare cases of meningitis? I wish I would have known that a simple, safe vaccine would have prevented me from getting meningitis. If only the DeLorean (from Back to the Future) could take me back to 2007! I would have gotten the vaccine. This is why my kids have received the meningitis vaccine and have stayed up-to-date on all their immunizations. I feel better about their futures because of it.
My kids also will get the COVID-19 vaccine just like I did. It’s proven to be safe and effective. I encourage anyone to look up the facts if they’re on the fence about the vaccine. Here’s an excellent resource to share with those who need more information to make a decision. It takes all of us coming together and getting immunized if we want to put this awful disease in the rearview mirror.
Bottom line: The COVID-19 vaccine protects me and every other person I’m in contact with every day. I’m thankful for this technology and the advances in medicine that made it possible!