Pfizer – One down, one to go

Thanks to the guidance of a few good folk, I managed to get the first dose of the Pfizer vaccination. Because my autoimmune condition does not affect my breathing, and because when my food allergies are managed those also don’t affect my breathing, I didn’t think either would allow me to qualify for getting a vaccination for another month or two. Turns out, I could get one now. So I did. I jumped at the chance.

Whilst I know that everyone responds to vaccinations differently, I wanted to share my experience. I feel like the more open people are about this, the more people will be willing to be open about this.

The shot itself was quite easy to take. I grew up grossly afraid of any and all needles, but about three years ago when I started the process to getting my autoimmune diagnosis, I got used to having needles. At some points, I was getting 5-6 different tests done in a single week. Anyways, that’s besides the point. When you get blood tests, that needle goes deep. When you get this vaccination, it felt as though it barely pierced my skin. It was simple. It felt like I got poked by toddler.

It’s a pretty regular practice to stick around for fifteen minutes following a vaccination. The reason they do this is so that if you have an immediate allergic reaction, the person who administered the vaccination can provide you immediate treatment for that. They keep the required supplies on-hand to be able to administer immediate treatment if someone winds up being allergic to the vaccine. They’re prepared. They’re always prepared.

When the fifteen minutes were up, I left, went home and back to work.

The person who administered my shot told me that the side-effects of the vaccine could effect me for three days following. He said regular-strength Tylenol to keep fever at bay and A LOT of water was going to make any and all potential side-effects a lot easier to deal with. So, I took him at his word. The only other thing I added to the rotation was Gatorade.

The side effects I dealt with:

  • Localized bruising on my arm
  • Loss of Energy
  • Headache

All side effects wound up being very mild. I was also warned about all side-effects when getting the vaccination, so I was well prepared.

I would say the hardest to deal with was the loss of energy. It felt like my batteries were on empty. It felt like staying awake was hard. It felt like climbing the stairs was an arduous task. Not an impossible task, but an arduous task. (For reference, my house is a very tall townhouse, so there’s a few flights of stairs. Getting from the kitchen to my bedroom is a bit of a climb when you’ve got no energy)

The loss of energy wasn’t a sick feeling, though. When you get the flu or have a bad cold, the loss of energy can make you feel extremely sick. This loss of energy just felt like there was no glucose in my body. It felt as though, despite drinking multiple Gatorades, there was no sugar for my body to use for energy.

On a scale from 1-Migraine(where I need to be in a dark, quite room), I would rate the headache at a 3 or 4. It wasn’t a bad headache, it was just one that stuck around for a lot longer than my typical headaches.

Today, though… well today I’m feeling great. I’m feeling truly lucky that I was able to get vaccinated when I did. I’m feeling lucky to know that in two weeks time, I’ll be up to 85 percent protected, and that I have that extra layer of protection to help ease my anxiety. I’m feeling light a weight has been lifted off my shoulders, like there might be a light at the end of the tunnel for me. I’m feeling… hopeful.

My particular province has opted to space out vaccine distribution to four months between doses as a means to get everyone their first shots sooner. For that reason, it could be a while before I’m able to get the second dose. I’m okay with that, though. I know, right now, that I have this added layer of protection now, and I truly hope that everyone who wants the protection is able to get their vaccinations as soon as possible.


For the province that my parents live in, their vaccine rollout has been a little bit slower. Both of my parents actually have appointments to get their vaccinations on Monday. They’re also looking forward to being able to have the vaccination and have that added layer of protection. They’re not sure which vaccine they’ll be given. The place where they’re going to get their vaccine is giving out vaccines based on the quantities they’re getting. I’ve asked my parents to tell me which vaccine they get and if they have side effects. I’ll likely share their stories too, if anything occurs.


This isn’t a story that I’ve told people, but with respect to Baby Harry being a long-term-resident in the hospital, my sister-in-law was actually able to get her vaccination a while back. With the province that she is in, and the fact that baby Harry is at a special hospital, they actually vaccinated adults who were there as long term caregivers of children. Since all of the children who are there are ill enough to be there long-term, they thought it safest to vaccinate the adults who need to be there with them, so there’s less of a chance of an adult giving COVID to a sick kid. It was a means to stop/slow the spread of COVID in the hospital. My sister-in-law said that her side effects were mild. She also got the Pfizer vaccination. She’s actually had both shots because she’s been with baby Harry at the hospital and they want to do as much as they can to keep outbreaks out of the hospital. She said with her first shot she just had a bad headache. She said with her second shot she had a day of nausea, but that it really didn’t register as bad to her because she has a newborn so she’d literally spent the majority of the past ten months feeling nauseous.


I’m not sure if I’ve ever told the story about myself getting the flu shot, but the flu shot kicked my ass. Literally. Knight could tell stories of sitting with me in Emerg throughout the night because I had an allergic reaction to it. Suffice to say, I thought the Pfizer vaccine was going to be a lot worse then it actually ended up being for me.

If you get the opportunity and you’re medically able, I highly recommend getting the vaccination. For you. For your family. For your friends. For everyone.

Have you already gotten the vaccine? If so I highly encourage you to share your experiences whether it on a blog, social media platform, or directly to friends and family through texts, phone calls and emails.

The headhunter is legit

This ain’t no joke.

This is… wild. I can’t even fathom what this could do for me.

Money. Opportunity. Career Growth. Travel. Did I mention money?

This girl has got some serious thinking and research to do.

I can’t. I literally can’t.

Baffled

I have a meeting with a headhunter tomorrow about a position with a company that has sought me out.

This whole situation has me so dumbfounded.

Clearly I’ve done something right. They want me to accept a job offer. It’s not me pitching to them. They have to pitch me. Me. Me? Me!

Blonde moments on Sunday

At 10:00 pm Sunday night I decided it was the perfect time to wash and peel grapes.

After washing and peeling said grapes, I wanted to put them in the freezer, wash the sink out and then head to bed.

I washed my sink with dish soap because… why not? It’s soap. It’s right there.

This morning I came downstairs to make my morning coffee and the grapes were still on my counter, not in the freezer. Confused, I opened the freezer door and saw my dish soap in the freezer, not on the counter.

I washed out the sink and then put my dish soap in the freezer.

Yea, that’s how I started my week.

Feels like a Monday.

The complicated world of charitable donations

A nonprofit organization, also known as a non-business entity, not-for-profit organization, or nonprofit institution, is a legal entity organized and operated for a collective, public or social benefit, in contrast with an entity that operates as a business aiming to generate a profit for its owners.

A charitable organization or charity is an organization whose primary objectives are philanthropy and social well-being. The legal definition of a charitable organization varies between countries and in some instances regions of the country, but the general principle of philanthropic activity remains the same.

In summation, a nonprofit is an organization aims to spend exactly as much as they receive (or as close to exact). Their expenses are whatever is required for them to keep their doors open. That could be phone bills, that could be food, that could be clothing, whatever they need. A charitable organization is one that gives out the dollars they collect. They’re supposed to keep their expenses to an absolutely minimum as their dollars are supposed to go to those that need them.

Whether donating dollars to a non-profit organization, or a charity, there will always be some sort of expense. At the very basic level, there’s banking fees. Beyond that, there’s compensation for the employees. There’s resource fees. There’s a lot that needs to get covered. Some charities and non-profits work excellent. They keep their expenses to an absolute minimum as a means to ensure that the people who need what they give, get it. A lot of charities and non-profits suck. They will take in as much money as they possibly can under the guise of their charitable or non-profit status, and they will use it.

Hypothetically speaking, there are charities and non-profits in this country in which if you don’t $100, $5 will be used as expenses. Then, there are those in which if you donate $100, $50 of that will be used as expenses. Some charities, if you donate $100, as much as $80 can be used for expenses.

But why?

Why are some non-profit and charitable organizations expenses so vastly different from others? Well some of it has to do with the area of society in which they operate. But largely, if an organization is spending 50% of a donation is being spent on expenses, that should be a giant red flag. If an organization has too many expenses that operate too much of their budget, that should be a red flag. It should be a red flag because charities and non-profits are operating with the goal of providing help, noooot lining their own pockets.

Here’s some ways how charities and non-profits hide money and juice their numbers:

They know when they’re being audited.

It sounds silly, but it’s true. Non-profit organizations and charities, at least those in the country that I live, are required to go through an audit every year in order to maintain their status with the government.

Said audit to maintain status with the government will happen at the same time, every year. For example, one organization or charity will know that every year during the last two weeks of September, they will get audited.

It’s a lot easier to make all of the books align when you know exactly when someone is going to be looking at all of the books ahead of time.

They know who’s auditing them.

This comes from a place of privilege, please understand that first and foremost. A lot of non-profits and charitable organizations will get to know their auditors. They’ll have the same company and same people come to audit them every year so that they can get to know their auditors.

Why would you want to know your auditors? Because when someone who knows their auditors can paint themselves as whatever character they need to be. People who are scammers, who hide money and who take part in illegal activity under the guise of it being for charity or social service are a specific type. Have you ever noticed that? Because I have. No one would’ve ever suspected it from them… and then they’re caught.

The people behind the charity and non-profit, they can paint themselves as ‘the family man’ and ‘the innocent angel’ and ‘the one with the biggest heart’ and completely hide their narcissistic behaviours because they know the auditors. This is not an attack on those who work as auditors, this is just a suggestion that auditors aren’t cops or detectives, they’re not trained to look for a wolf in sheep’s clothing, they’re trained to look at the numbers. If the wolf in sheep’s clothing fudges the numbers, it’s easier for said wolf to do so knowing exactly who’s going to be looking at the numbers each year.

They borrow money from ‘friends’ to cover the for other ‘friends’.

Sounds an awful lot like a ponzi scheme, doesn’t it? That’s because the basic principles transfer through a lot of different worlds and industries.

Charities and non-profits will often (if not always) have big donors. Those donors are those which charities and non-profits can rely on every year, year after year. If a charity or non-profit is operating properly, the only time they’ll talk to their big donor every year is to provide them with a tax receipt. If a charity or non-profit is not acting on the up-and-up, those donors are friends. They’ll take them for meals, wining and dining them. They’ll give them concert tickets and gifts for their children. They’ll pay for their hotel stay at events… buy them gifts for themselves.

A charity could *allegedly* host a golf tournament fundraiser every year in which the big donors are invited, have their travel to and from said tournament paid for, their hotel room covered and the charity might even go so far as to buy the big donor a new set of golf clubs.

Why do they do this? Why does the big donor need this if they’re wealthy enough that they can donate $20,000 to charity every year without blinking an eye? The donor doesn’t need this. But, when the charity needs something… such as to make their expenses align for an upcoming audit, said big donor is more willing to do favours for the charity to help.

They donate to other charities.

Have you ever been to a fundraiser or seen a silent auction of some sort in which there are are prizes that aren’t donated buy “International Pop Star John Doe”, but rather by “The John Doe Foundation”? That’s for a reason.

See, it serves International Pop Star John Doe better if the donation comes from his foundation. If he donates a private concert, from his foundation, that private concert needs to have an associated value. He can say the value of that concert is valued at $2,000 or $20,000 or $200,000. He’s then spending that ‘as an expense’ of the charity, allowing himself to pay himself, for said private concert. He’s not giving that concert for free. His foundation is paying him to give that concert.

This is different if he donates the concert on behalf of his person. If he donates it himself, and not through his foundation, then the donation is the concert. He gets no pay day.

Translate this to… any donation… from any charity. This happens A LOT. And, if you pay really close attention, Charity A will donate to Charity B and then Charity B will turnaround and donate to Charity A. This is done to allow them to pay themselves. Otherwise, why would it happen? Why wouldn’t they just keep said donation as a resource? Because if Charity A doesn’t donate to Charity B, that expense isn’t created.

They juice their expenses.

This one is not difficult. Contrary to popular belief, it’s really easy to make a phone bill look as though it’s twice as much as it actually is. At least in the country which I live.

Charitable and non-profit organizations in this country are required to keep paper-trails of expenses for several years. (It varies but typically it’s around 7-8 years) Paper trails, paper bills, there’s no way in this world to see if said expenses were photoshopped or edited before printed off. NOOOO WAY. Anyone who’s half decent at photoshop can make a phone bill go from $60 to $120 in seconds. Literally.

Said employee of charity/non-profit pays their phone bill at $60, submits their expense at $120 (a photoshopped phone bills) and next cheque run when they’re paying out expenses, the charity/non-profit reimburses $120 for a $60 phone bill. Come the last two weeks of September when they’re being audited, because it’s a paper trail, no auditor would be able to be any the wiser of what happened.

This is one small example of what could happen. Truth is, charities and non-profits that engage this activity do so using thousands or tens of thousands of dollars a month doubling out actual expenses.

Where this gets really hairy is with respect to signing authority. Every charitable and non-profit organization is required to two people who have signing authority to pay out bills, expenses or give money. Often times, the people with the signing authority are signing their own expenses. So there’s no one checking what happens.

And again, this isn’t always. But, it does happen.

Phrasing isn’t deceiving.

[Insert charity name here] RAISES $100,000 FOR [Insert cause here]!

It sounds great, doesn’t it? In a press release, a newspaper headline, even in dang tweet, reading that makes on-lookers think ‘Gosh, they must be doing a lot of good’.

With people who have extra cash laying around and the ability and kindness in their heart to donate it, they often consider donating to places in which they see often. Someone seeing [insert charity name here] raising money for a worthy cause several times a year, they might want to jump on board with said charity more then they would a charity that lays low and under the radar.

The problem with ” [Insert charity name here] RAISES $100,000 FOR [Insert cause here]! ” is that, said total is not a reflection of what will go to philanthropic places or social services. If said charity raised $100,000 but spent $90,000 to run said event, then only $10,000 will actually go towards philanthropic places or social services.

It’s common practice for charities to not say how much was spent, with respect to expenses for said event, because the public hearing that event cost $90,000 could serve as a poor reflection on the charity/non-profit. After all, they spent $90,000 hypothetical dollars to put on said event, so anyone who donated to them before said event likely donated to their hosting of said event, not to any philanthropic place.

TO CONCLUDE

While I could go on about this subject for what might seem like forever, I will leave this advice: pay attention to where you’re donating your dollars. Whether you’re donating $5 or $50,000, pay attention.

Charities and non-profits are required to produce annual reports to the public following their annual audits. If you donate, read the reports. If you’re making donations, those reports will tell you a lot about where money is being spent. You might not be able to track your exact donation, but allocation of dollars can provide you some insights as to the inner-workings of the charity.

Expenses any higher than 30 percent could/should possibly be seen as a red flag. So keep your eyes open. Perhaps your donation dollars can be spent in a place that deserves it more, and would make better use of it then where you’re currently donating.

Ask for that report.

If you’re donating a large sum of money to a charity, first off, thank you. If you have said dollars and you’re donating it to someone/some people who deserve it, you have a good heart. At least, I hope you’re donating it for the right reasons. Anyways, if you’re donating a large sum of money you have an ability to specify where you want said money to go. You have an ability to say ‘I don’t want any more than 10% to go to expenses’ or ‘I want you to do good in [Insert Community Name Here]’. Good charities, they’ll work with you to ensure that happens. Good charities want you to know that they appreciate your donation so they’ll try and oblige with your wishes as best they can.

Overall, be mindful. There are a lot of charities in this world who do a lot of good. There are also a lot of charities in this world who don’t. Pay attention. Don’t just throw your money blindly at a charity/non-profit and expect that it’s going to the right place.

Research said charity or non-profit before you donate. Just seeing how they operate can tell you a lot about where your money is going. Are they hosting golf tournaments and galas that cost $100,000 to host? Or are they hosting a pancake breakfast that costs $5,000?

I truly believe in the power of donations and that those of us who are privileged, and able to donate, should. I just think that when donations are made, they should be going to the right places. And a lot charities skirt the system to fill their own pockets and not provide it to those who actually need it.

So

I was approached by a corporate head hunter this week.

There’s a position at a company they’re interested in having me fill.

At first I didn’t understand what was going on, but I did clue in after hearing ‘they’re interested’. So my question turned from ‘what’s happening’ to ‘why me’?

There’s probably 10,000 people in this city in the same line of work as myself. It’s not as if marketing is a ‘specialized’ career path. It’s not as if communications is a ‘specialized’ career path. Sure some people are good at it and some are average, but why me? There’s probably a lot of people who are good at it.

It can’t hurt to have a meeting and hear them out.

I mean, I have a job and I like my job, but I’ve also been told at my job that there’s no room for growth. If this could offer me that, don’t I owe it to myself to, at the very least, consider it?

Besides that, there’s no harm in considering it. I haven’t committed to anything.

I’m just dumbfounded at the whole situation.

Why me? Why not one of the other 9,999 people in this city who are in the same line of work?

I’m oddly confused that they sought me out. I’m also oddly proud. They sought me out. I didn’t go to them, they came and they found me. That’s a cool feeling.

I think I just got a job offer.

This is a weird feeling.

I’ve never had someone approach me before with respect to a position. I’ve submitted my resume for consideration. I’ve never had someone come to me and say ‘Hey, you interested? We are.’

I’m oddly excited and nervous. What does this mean? They want me? Why me?

I will say, that does make me feel pretty damn proud of myself.

Also

If you’re someone who’s worried that big government created a pandemic as a means to invent a vaccination to inject citizens with tracking devices, you should probably take a closer look at the cell phone you carry around with you wherever you go, and probably think twice about how you click ‘Accept Cookies’ with every website that you visit, how you give your postal code when making purchases, any and all loyalty cards you keep in your wallet, etc… etc…

Also, also, public health guidelines are put in place to, in best measures, try and keep the public as healthy as possible. Obviously that has gotten harder with the pandemic, but public health guidelines have been in place longer than I’ve been alive… to protect the public. That includes everyone. Even those railing against the very guidelines in place. There are a lot of people who really ought to check their privilege because they’ve lost all touch with reality. Contrary what the politicization of COVID may have suggested, no one has a right to infect someone else with illness.

Thoughts of the day

I knew when I talked about COVID vaccines on my blog last night there was a chance that I’d get some pretty wild responses of some pretty crazy conspiracy theories.

To clarify (because sooooo many people seemed to misread): I didn’t say anywhere in my post that people were, or should be, required to get vaccinations. I just suggested that I hope they do, and that I wish they would. I stated again and again ‘in my opinion’ and some people still seemed to treat it as though I was speaking for the majority. Maybe that’s because they feel like they’re in the minority, or maybe they just wanted someone to yell at. Nevertheless, I’ve always reflected on my comments section as being a place of discussion, not a place of bullying. For that reason, I stopped approving comments on that post this afternoon. For that reason, I am also disabling comments on this post and future posts, until I decide otherwise.

I’m going back to the reason why I started this blog. For me. About me. This blog is my outlet. It is for my opinions. If you’d like to share your opinions on vaccinations, or other controversial topics, please feel free to do so on your blog.

As of today my parents officially have appointments to get their vaccinations. This is big news for them because they’ve not yet met Baby Harry. (None of us have) This vaccination will put them one step closer towards being able to meet their grandchild, whether that be in two months, four months or a year. However long it takes until he’s fully recovered.

I’m looking forward to being eligible for a vaccine.

Until that time, I’ll continue hiding in my house because I’m lucky/blessed/privileged enough to be able to work from home. I know what a gift that is. It’s one that I am so damn thankful for. I also know how lucky/blessed/privileged I am that a vaccine will be available to me. I know there are a lot of countries in this world who cannot afford them and will rely on the COVAX program to get them in a year, or two, or maybe even longer.

Baby Harry is doing well. We’re hoping he’ll be released from hospital in May. That is the estimate we were given. Hopefully, one day, I’ll get the opportunity to meet him when he’s healthy enough to be around people. When I’m vaccinated, of course. Because I ain’t putting that baby at risk. He’s been through enough in his short two and a half months of being alive.

Thoughts of the day

Disclaimer – I’m leaving comments open because I believe in open conversations about topics that can be/are deemed controversial topics. If you’re an asshole in the comments, I will turn them off.

In my opinion, it’s not the job of the general public to understand, or try to protect, anti-vaxxers.

In my opinion, a vaccine passport for COVID is not a violation of privacy. Similar documentation has been required for travel for decades. There’s never been mass hysteria against those requirements. Frankly, if someone doesn’t want the COVID vaccine, then they should get comfortable in the country they’re in. Viral contagions travel when people travel. That’s why we’re in this pandemic in the first place…

In my opinion, if you’re questioning the efficacy of the vaccine, you should ask a doctor, about your specific case (or your family’s). Whether you do virtual health meetings with a physician, or go in person, if you’re questioning the efficacy of the vaccine, a health care professional is the best person to get your advice from. There’s too much misinformation on the internet.

I would like to get the vaccine. I’m looking forward to becoming eligible. I’m looking forward to getting it.

The COVID Vaccine is not required in Canada. That being said, I reckon we could probably put our society in a lot better of a position if the majority of people did/do go and get the vaccine. This diatribe that the government is infringing on the rights of the public by recommending as many people as possible get the vaccine to create a societal immunity is really painful. No one is being forcibly confined and injected with a vaccination.

If someone doesn’t want to get the vaccine, then they won’t get the vaccine. I’m not here to change minds. I will say, though, if someone doesn’t want to get the vaccine, they don’t deserve to cry foul when countries begin implementing COVID vaccination requirements. It is coming. We know vaccination requirements are coming. It’s not a question of if, it is a question of when. Anyone who doesn’t want the COVID vaccination is an increased risk when travelling. There are going to be countries that do not want to accept that risk once a vaccination has been made more widely available. Travel restrictions aren’t just a thing of the present, they will be a thing of the future. Anyone who doesn’t believe that is fooling themselves.

I hope, I really do hope, that enough people choose to get the vaccine to give my local area, and the world, some level of immunity from this virus. We’re all tired of this virus. And I am just all to exhausted of hearing about government infringement on people’s rights through making vaccinations available. Vaccinations are a good thing. Throughout history it’s been proven time and again that vaccinations have quite literally saved us from horrible disease. There’s a reason why no one’s needed to worry about Polio in the Western World for several decades and it’s not wishful thinking.

Okay, I’m done now. I think.