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Friday, November 10, 2006

Give It Your Best Shot!

Flu season is fast approaching. I quake at the thought of getting the flu! I'm terrible when I succumb to those germs and nearly always end up in the hospital on IV. I still must take insulin but can't eat, which can be a major problem! The serum is now here...I can't delay it much longer...

So, since the Poetry Friday word is "tolerate", here's my 1 minute scratch-pad entry....!


a flu shot is the thing I hate
my body just won't tolerate
I hesitate, hold out my arm
and try to think, "oh, what's the harm?"
but all the while I know it's true
my tricep will turn black and blue
and in a day be mighty sore
then I'll whine,"that's it! no more!"
but at the thought of flu I freak
so I'm going to get the jab next week!
Do you get the flu shot?
Mother of Invention, bracing myself for the aftermath!

19 Comments:

Anonymous charles ravndal said...

Lovely poem! I think the last time I had my flu shot when I was still 12 years old. I am still not that sure.

Friday, November 10, 2006

 
Blogger Kilroy_60 said...

aaaaaaaaaaaaaa chooooooooooooo!
Excuse me.

Friday, November 10, 2006

 
Blogger fennymun said...

lovely poem - reminds me to take my kids to get the flu shot. Take care!

Friday, November 10, 2006

 
Blogger Lynn said...

Sadly I am still waiting for mine. Our Dr. has run out of his small supply already. I am on the next list to be fulfilled when he gets his supply.
Newmarket's public health flu shot clinic is on November 18th.

Friday, November 10, 2006

 
Blogger steve said...

Seems like to innoculate would only serve to aggravate...
I am so pleased to be an honorary Canadien... Bruce Cockburn is in Dallas 9/17...a small enough venue that I will be able to talk to him. people down here sometimes wouldn't know good music if it bit 'em on the .....

Friday, November 10, 2006

 
Blogger Maggie said...

MOI, this is fun! I'm sorry I missed a comment you left on one of my posts. No I'm not fluent in French, I sure wish I was. But I am getting better.

Friday, November 10, 2006

 
Blogger Richard said...

I have never had a flu shot. I am not crazy about injecting foreign proteins into my bloodstream. I also have questions as to its efficacy. If they guess right on the flu, then you are pretty sure not to get the flu, but if they guess wrong, then you have no defenses against the flu.

While the principle of the flu shot sounds good, the problem is that I have never read any decent studies on its efficacy. It seems to be taken on faith that it is effective, rather than demonstrated to be effective.

So, I, for one, will not be getting a flu shot once again this year.

Friday, November 10, 2006

 
Blogger steve said...

B.C. is in Dallas 11/17 not 9/17...can I tell him you sent me?

Friday, November 10, 2006

 
Blogger Mother of Invention said...

Charles: You are lucky to be so healthy! Must be all that good food you can cook for yourself!

Kilroy: Hope you covered your mouth and nose on that one! here's an on-line kleenex!

Fennymun: Thanks! Hope your kids don't feel lousy after it.

Lynn: We both know that it is a must with us or we're just tempting the fates. Do you feel a little flu-like for a few days after? I often have. I'll go to Tottenham next week sometime.

Steve: You guys down there in all that hot weather likely don't get as much flu as we do. We're cooped up all winter in buildings where germs just re-circulate. Your hot temps probably burn them out of the air!

Glad you're going to catch Bruce! Say Hi for me! HA! Well, he would know the connection if you told him about the fishing camp and his father and grandfather.

Maggie: It's the only connection to that word I could make. It was a tough one...I find nouns way easier to write poetry connections/images.

Richard: I just knew what your opening line would be! You and my husband both..he's very scientific and being in the health care profession, you'd think he'd just get it but he doesn't think it makes much difference. But what if you guys are giving it to people like me? (provided it's the strain that the shot was for) Maybe a slim chance that it would be? I don't know, but I can't take that small chance of getting a bad one..I have too much to lose.
So I'll have to suffer any short term effects.

Friday, November 10, 2006

 
Blogger brooksba said...

I don't remember the last time I got the flu shot. The whole thing - the flu once every couple of years isn't that bad for me. I should get the shot, but the needle? Ick. The possibility of purposely making myself sick? Ick. I hope you endure the shot and you don't get sick!

Friday, November 10, 2006

 
Blogger Richard said...

It is not the short term effects I am concerned about. I have no problem with needles. I have a problem with not knowing what the long term effects are.

Your husband may be skeptical in the same way that I am: I weight everything I am told or hear against my own knowledge and make a personal determination.

SCienc eis interesting in that it progrsses in two ways: (1) it builds and refines existing knowledge, bringing us closer to a fuller understanding, (2) it discards previous knowledge and replaces it with new knowledge.

The problem is that of late, the health and nutritional sciences have been very good at changing their minds about every generation of so.

Friday, November 10, 2006

 
Blogger Mother of Invention said...

Brooksba: Thanks. You are lucky not to get the flu. I'd take a chance on not getting it if I were you. I do insulin needle several times a day, but they're nothing like these painful shots! (Mine just slip under the skin, these are intra-muscular!)

Richard: You are of the exact same mind as my husband. There is no difference between the chances of being a well-carrier if you had the shot or if you just had natural immunity. Many believe that for mumps, measles etc., it is better to get the disease because the immunity gained is longer-lasting than with a shot.

The chances of them hitting the right strain in the serum, the one that will actually hit, is not that great to warrant the shot in many cases. He does agree, though, that his wife, with all my health issues should probably get it!

My husband does believe in getting shots for polio, diptheria and the other big ones.

I don't care what they say about the shot not being able to give you the flu, I definitely don't feel great for a few days after and my arm hurts like crazy. It is after, intra-muscular!

All that being said, I hope none of us get hit hard with the flu this winter!

Saturday, November 11, 2006

 
Blogger Robin said...

I hate getting jabbed with a needle but I hate the flu even more!!

This reminds me of a funny flu story. I hope I remember to post it....lol.

Saturday, November 11, 2006

 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just a mite of a mosquito bite it 'tis.

Sunday, November 12, 2006

 
Blogger Kilroy_60 said...

Ouuuuuuuuuuuuuuccccchhhhhhhhhh!

Sunday, November 12, 2006

 
Blogger Mother of Invention said...

Robin:I'll be looking for your funny post!


Old Lady: Yeah, right! I had one once where I couldn't move my arm for 3 weeks! I think she hit a nerve. I couldn't even hold my purse!

Kilroy: You're as much of a wimp as I am! HA!

Sunday, November 12, 2006

 
Blogger Annelisa said...

That's weird - I left a couple of posts for you the other day (in this and the next one) which aren't there! It's that darned Bloguda Triangle again! :-(

Saturday, November 18, 2006

 
Blogger Mother of Invention said...

Annelisa: I've had that happen a lot...even on my own blog! Your comments are out there floating in cyberspace somewhere...hope they find a good home!

Saturday, November 18, 2006

 
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