Monday update

First dose of COVID-19 is done! I made an appointment on Walgreens’ website Saturday. Then yesterday I made the easy 30-minute walk to Med Center Walgreens at 987 Union next to the Arby’s. I had to fill out two forms which took no more than 5 minutes. I had to state on one of the forms what my high-risk condition was (the vaccine will probably open up to all adults this week but hadn’t yesterday).

Then the pharmacist took me to a room and administered the shot while discussing Arkansas basketball with me. I barely felt it go in my arm and it was over before I knew it.

I was prepared to call a Lyft to get back home if needed, but I felt fine and the 30-minute walk back Downtown was not a problem at all. I tried to go out to the Blind Bear to celebrate (I asked the pharmacist if that was OK and she said yes) but every bar seat and table in the bar area was taken. No problem, I thought, I’d delay my celebration until today. Mainly I’m just happy to see them doing so well after months of being screwed by COVID regulations.

I turned on the Arkansas game, but not long after it started I began to feel really tired. By 6:45, about 10 minutes left in game time, I decided I needed to go on to bed.

I lay in bed until 5:15 this morning. I tossed and turned all night. I don’t think I ever fell into deep sleep and didn’t start dreaming until the last 30 minutes (and it was a weird dream). Despite having the air turned on, I felt a bit warm at times. This morning my energy is somewhat back but as others have advised me, it feels like I was punched in the shoulder.

I have my appointment for Pfizer dose 2 Sunday, April 18 and I am happy to sacrifice a second Sunday Fun Day to get this done. Despite the minor reaction last night and this morning, I am so relieved to have dose 1 in me. Also, I am so happy to be part of the push to get us to herd immunity. I would encourage all my readers to go get your shot as soon as you are legally able. Let’s make Health Directive 19 our final one and usher in the Roaring 2020s!

I may not have stayed awake to see the ending, but the Arkansas Razorbacks made the Sweet Sixteen for the first time since 1996. I am starting to see more and more comparisons between this team and the mid-1990s Nolan Richardson teams. The Hogs defeated Texas Tech 68-66. FiveThirtyEight’s prediction tracker now has Arkansas at a 24% chance to make the Final Four and a 3% chance to win the title. Next up: #15 Oral Roberts. Winner of that game plays the winner of Baylor-Villanova for a trip to the Final Four.

Memphis’ conference rival Houston remains in the dance as well, having defeated the Rutgers Scarlet Knights 63-60. Houston has a 45% chance of making it to the Final Four and a 9% chance of winning it all. They have Syracuse next, the winner advancing to play the winner of Loyola-Chicago and Oregon State for a Final Four appearance.

Upset watch yesterday:

  • #8 Loyola-Chicago 71. #1 Illinois 58
  • #11 Syracuse 75, #3 good ole West Virginny 72
  • #15 Oral Roberts 81, #7 Florida 78
  • #12 Oregon State 80, #4 Oklahoma State 70

That’s it for this morning. Back tomorrow with more news.