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COVID-19 First Dose of Vaccine and Blood Sugar Control


Hi everyone. I wanted to let you know that yesterday ( 2-17-2021) I had gotten my first dose for the COVID-19 vaccine! I was seen with 11 other people that had been scheduled for yesterday morning and all 12 of us are scheduled for the second dose on 3-17-2021.

When I had gotten to the Pharmacy where I was scheduled to be given the vaccine, there was a mini class to explain what was needed to be done before and after being given the vaccine. The appointment was scheduled for 10:15 am, but by the time they did the explanations and what was necessary, they gave me my dose around 10:37 am. When the Pharmacist's Nurse did the vaccine, I asked what else can be used for pain/side effects so I wouldn't have to use Tylenol ( I haven't used it for 5.5 years now). Her answer was use Ibuprofen. So, I took the Ibuprofen before going to bed last night and I was doing great when sleeping. I may have to take my second dose of Ibuprofen tonight since the arm is slightly sore, but I can move it without having extreme pain. I took a nap in the car during the afternoon when my parents were driving back home from the Pharmacy ( my mom also got her first dose in the afternoon).

With this vaccine, so far, I didn't have the blood sugars going extremely high like I had when I had a flu shot a few years ago. I didn't do any fast acting insulin for most of the day until dinner time. So, when I had gotten the vaccine in the morning, the only insulin that had been in the system was from the nighttime dose of the long acting insulin. If this is possible, I may do exactly the same as I had done and don't do any insulin the day of my next dose for the COVID-19 vaccine. This of course, depends on what the blood sugars are before I go get the next dose for the vaccine on 3-17-2021. If the numbers are exactly like they were this time, then no insulin will be done that morning. If they are higher than normal, then I will do a very small amount of insulin and see what the numbers will be after the second dose of vaccine.

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Congratulations !! I am shocked that nurse told you to take ibuprofine..many people a have reaction. mostly they recommend Tynelon. Good Luck, Now you are sage for 40 more years !!

Activity2004Administrator in reply to Fatbuddy

Thank you for the congratulations, Fatbuddy. I appreciate that very much. My next dose will be on March 17th in the morning. I hope the next dose goes the way this first one did and just have some soreness that I can just take ibuprofen. I'm not able to use Tylenol because of my sensor and CGM system. :-)

I am happy for you that you had your first vaccine and in four weeks time the second vaccine.

In UK we have to wait for 12 weeks for the second vaccine.

This is NHS protocol.

We had to wait for 15 minutes to check for reactions after the injection. Both my wife and I are all OK with the vaccine.

In UK, a lot of discussions on % level of protection from vaccine. Only time will tell.

The question is where is the protection against corona is coming in India. I saw in TV, the test cricket match, supporters in the stand with no masks.

In Australia, tennis is a different story.!!

Take care.

Activity2004Administrator in reply to sandybrown

Which type of vaccine were you given, sandybrown? In the Pharmacy that I went to recently, they had us wait 15 minutes before we could leave the store to be sure we were okay after the vaccine was given to us.


Good Leah ! Best of luck...

Please remember that Ibuprofen is a class of drugs called NSAID (non- steroidal anti inflammatory drugs).

NSAID 's are not gentle to the kidney. they are not gentle to stomach and can cause higher stomach acidity and acid Reflux.

As Fatbuddy says Paracetamol is the best and gentle to the kidney and stomach....for all class of moderate pain.

In case pain is unbearable, there are other drugs which acts on brain to make you sleep... and comparatively safer.. which your doctor can recommend.

Activity2004Administrator in reply to namaha

Thank you for the information, namaha. I appreciate it very much. So far, no stomach issues with the medication. I will keep an eye out for any changes.😀👍🌈

Nice to hear the good news of Vaccine shot. In India waiting for Registration.

Do you have to register for your vaccine and with whom?

Take care.

Not yet. Waiting for Government Instructions in News and procedure to Register. Hope it comes soon

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