Four Reasons Why I Chose to Get The COVID-19 Vaccine

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As a nurse with over 20 years in the healthcare industry, you would probably think that I would be among the first to get the COVID-19 vaccine. Although I haven’t worked in a hospital since 2003, I continued working in the community, helping people stay out of the hospital.  I have given tons of vaccines, but my main focus became helping people achieve optimal health without medications.

Over the past year, COVID-19 has taken a regular place in the news globally.
As you know, the virus knows no age, color, race, role, religion, or any other distinguishing factors. Even during the vaccination period for COVID-19, we continue to hear of COVID-19-related deaths. And on top of that, we hear that many people globally are experiencing side effects. And for some, serious vaccine reactions.    It’s so easy to translate what we hear into a fear. I know because I had some fear growing inside me until I remembered what my mother taught me and my professional and personal experiences with medications, including vaccines. My mother would tell us that you don’t have to experience the same things as others and to use the news as information.  Often, I would tell my clients that I am telling you this to inform you and not scare you.

Therefore, why did I choose to take a COVID-19 vaccine?

1.  My reaction is not your reaction.  My mother told us to not put ourselves in the same categories of others, which helped to alleviate a lot of fears and “what if” growing up. Although our bodies are similar in structure, not everybody reacts the same.  I cannot say that I, too, will experience the same side effects or worse.  We all lead different lifestyles (have unique triggers for our immune systems, are allergic to different things, eat different foods, are exposed to different toxins, etc.)

Nevertheless, I was still on the “wait and see list” after several people in my family received the vaccine.  Every day, I reviewed the MSN news highlights and occasionally the evening or nightly news. I continued to stay abreast of the number of COVID-19 related deaths, COVID-19 vaccinations,  COVID-19 vaccine side effects, and fatal reactions.   As a former teacher of Pharmacology, I am well aware that medicines come with side effects, and unfortunately, some people may experience serious reactions, including death.

I took the least amount of medication possible for the few times I was unwell throughout the years.  I never liked being sick.  For me, headaches and stomach aches were the worst to have, and thankfully, I only experienced a few in the past 40 plus years. A few days ago, my mother confirmed my hesitancy to take medicine by saying, “you don’t even like to take aspirin.” My reluctance to take medications and passion to identify emotions and past programming have continued to grow over the years. I believe that many, if not all, physical manifestations have emotional causes. 

2. I like to be in the best health possible to help others, especially my children. When I experienced an on and off again fever and cough in late 2019, I was hesitant about going to the doctor. I feared that he or she would tell me that I couldn’t fly to Disney World to celebrate our daughter’s 5th birthday in December. Now, given what I experienced and what I know, I would not have waited so long to get treatment.  I felt helpless caring for my children.  I wanted to continue making healthy meals, making sure they were saying their affirmations, and playing with them.  Most of the time, I was in bed, and my energy level was inconsistent.

3. God allows things to happen. One day in the car, my 5-year old daughter, out-of-the-blue, said, “mom, God makes medications.” I took her words to heart because early on, I learned that God speaks through anyone and everyone, including children.  I experienced a body rash with the first medication the doctor prescribed me and had no problems with the second
medication. Even though I experienced side effects with the first medication, I started feeling like my old self again.  I looked forward to my recovery.

4.  A positive COVID test hit close to home. I told God that I had made up my mind to take the vaccine after a family member under 10 received a positive COVID-19 test. One of the family member’s parents contributes his minimal side effects to taking the vaccine one month before. I don’t know how my body will react to the virus if I was to get it. I know that God gave us an amazing body, and I include Vitamin C-rich foods in my meal plan and antiviral foods such as Kale and green tea. Still, I was grateful that this family member received the vaccine. 

Continually, I prayed that if there is anything we needed to know about the vaccines to please let the information come to light.  I have used this same prayer in relationships, jobs, and even the 2008 and 2020 presidential elections.  I know this prayer has kept me out of a lot of trouble and may have contributed to getting a president who is dedicated in making life better for all of us.

I wanted the Pfizer vaccine as most people I knew took this one and had minimal side effects; but,  the only vaccine available to me within a 50-mile radius was the Moderna one.  I kept thinking I didn’t want to drive far to take the second vaccine and remembered that I was not scared of vaccines and had very little problems with them in the past, even though a new technique was used for the COVID-19 vaccines.

My search for where to get the vaccines was relatively easy.  I used this site to find vaccination sites closer to me  https://www.vaccines.gov/. I like the site because you can search for all three vaccines, and I found a place within 4 miles of where I live.  Like many of my life choices, a series of events took place.  I do not recall all of the successive events, but within the past year, I read how Thomas Jefferson chose to get the smallpox vaccine, despite his belief in the medical profession. He lived past 80 years.

On the day of my vaccine, I prayed that if it is not meant for me to get the vaccine, don’t let it happen.  Everything went smooth the day of my vaccine. I walked into the clinic and believed that receiving something to boost my immune system may help more than harm me.  The fear I had withered away.  

On Thursday, April 27th, I received the Moderna vaccine. I barely felt the shot and gave the nurse credit for doing such a good job. I  was glad that I took my children because I helped relieve some of their fears about vaccines, especially the COVID-19 vaccine. Of course, they were watching. I think Cayla didn’t blink. The only side effect I had was some muscle tightness, but I only noticed it when I raised my arms to reach for something or doing Yoga stretches.

All that being said.  We all must choose how we will achieve the best health possible for this lifetime.  It’s unfortunate that we are dealing with a dangerous virus. For me, I decided to take the COVID-19 vaccine.  I used previous teachings, faith, and my personal and professional experiences to guide my choice.

May is National Women’s Health Month, and I know that I need to be in the best health possible to care for others.

Please feel free to share your concerns, fears, and how your vaccination went or even if you have chosen not to take the COVID-19 vaccine.

Make this lifetime great with the best health possible.

To Your Best Health!

Timika





Is it possible our next President, House of Representatives, Senators, and other officers?

To work together for a common cause, instead of attacking other. One major principle I learned in nursing school is to focus on the patient. Egos need to take a back seat to maximize resources and come together for the greater good of the world. Focus on the people you serve–all people. Treat others as you would your loved ones. Sometimes, we can get caught up in being right instead of looking at possible right solutions. If people are suffering, what can we do to lighten the load? One of the greatest commandments is to love others as God loves us (John 13:34. If we say we love God and hate our brother, then we are not being honest. (1 John 14:19-21). Do nothing in rivalry or conceit, but in humility (Philippians 2:3-4).

To have a role model president and others in leadership positions. My grandfather taught my mother the importance of accepting people who do not look like you. My mother went on to teach us the same principle, and now I tell the same with my children. One of the greatest commandments is to love one another. 1 Corinthians Chapter 13 gives us more details regarding this trait. “Love does not boast nor dishonor others.” When we call others outside of their name or the name they prefer to be called, we are dishonoring them. Hateful words do not show me a powerful person. I see hurt, and someone calling for help.

To desire discernment and share accurate, knowledge, insight, and wisdom. When I feel and see that you care, regardless of your defining characteristics, I am more likely to listen. (The Book of Proverbs and Psalm 111, Romans 12:2, 1 John 4:1, James 1:5)

To understand that we are all connected–all shades of black, brown, white, and everything else in between. God made us all in His image (Genesis 1:27), not just a specific color, language, shape, and anything else that is often used to divide the human race. When I look at my surroundings (humans, plants, trees, cars, houses, dogs, etc.), I see a variety of colors, shapes, and the beautiful presence of God. God is everywhere and in everything.

To practice self-control (Galatians 5:22-23, Proverbs 25:28). When we are children, we behave as children. We hold ourselves to higher standards. There are multiple ways to get our message across using grace and mercy. No one is perfect. Belittling, blaming, criticizing, and judging others are ways of division instead of peace. Just because we can do something does not mean that we should.

To work with other experts. Active listening is a component of humility. No one knows everything. Work with people instead of against. There is no contest that is more important than preserving life. COVID -19 does not care about egos. The virus seeks a body to inhabit not an ego.

To mean what we say and say what we mean—at least most of the time. Faith is not by just words but actions. Own up to your learning experiences is one of the best ways to confirm that you are human. Denial is a powerful blinding tool to the truth. We are all teachers and students. When we share information, take the time to do as much research as possible.

To forgive. Forgiveness is necessary to move on and to lead a country. Uncontrolled anger/rage cannot produce peace. There is enough conflict in the world already. Be the one who desires and strives for peace for all. (Ephesians 4:32)

Even if the Bible is not your go-to-source for how to treat others, what about moral virtues such as compassion, courage, empathy, grace, hope, humility, kindness, patience, respect?

It takes courage to admit your errors, to do what’s right regardless of possible external rewards from others, to speak the truth, and to promote inclusion instead of separation. It takes courage to listen to others when you do not know the answer. It takes courage to admit that you do not have the answer, yet, you have resources to help you get the answer.

We become what we teach to others. Often, we must ask ourselves, what are we teaching others with our actions and words.

Often, my mother would say “You can fix your mouth to say anything and “Don’t talk me to death.”

Is it possible?

Timika

Are you disappointed?

Good morning everyone!

Do we waste time in a state of disappointment? How much energy are you using to try to change others?

One of the things our mother often told us is to do your part. You do what is in your heart to do-whether to give facts, hugs, praise, etc. Do not take it personal when people choose to still do what they want to do. Keep your heart in the right state that allows you to forgive, love, give compassion, and be willing to help when a hand is needed.

Make this journey great!

Timika Chambers

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