Did You Get Your Flu Shot?

I did.

About a month ago.

So did my boss and my administrative assistant. All on the same day.

Strangely, we’ve all been down hard this week. In fact, I spoke with my admin this evening. She isn’t much better, either…Things that make you go hmmm.

Yeah…right. ūüė°

I started feeling weird (more so than usual) last Sunday night. I woke up Monday morning with a tickle in my throat, and a bit of a headache. By quitting time, I had no voice, my head was pounding, and my joints were aching. My admin couldn’t talk, either.

By Monday evening, I had a fever, still couldn’t talk, and ended up texting in sick. People with no voice are very thankful for modern technology. By o’dark-thirty¬†Tuesday morning, I was coughing. By six a.m. I was miserable. I went to the doctor on Wednesday, and she initially thought it was the flu…until I told her I’d gotten a flu shot. So that narrowed it down to a simple upper respiratory infection. Great! A Z-pack and Mucinex¬†perscription later, I was headed home, thinking I’d be fine within 24 hours. Antibiotics are amazing like that. The doctor’s note said I’d be fine to return to work today, which, by the way, I didn’t.

I’ve still got a fever, aches, chills, cough, and now I have the benefit of a snotty head, too. Four days of bed rest, three days of antibiotics, and I am the same as I was Tuesday morning.

If I have a choice in the matter? I don’t take the flu shot. This year I had no choice. It was take the flu shot or lose my job, so I took the damned shot. My bad.

Last year I didn’t have the shot. Yes, I went to the doctor a couple of times, but that was because once I tripped over a curb and busted up one knee, and then again when I got hit by the dog.¬†The year before that? I had a flu shot. I was at the doctor right before Christmas with bronchitis. The year before that? I had a flu shot and I was at the doctor for something ridiculously similar to the flu. The year prior? Flu shot and TWO bouts with walking pneumonia. I get a flu shot, and I go down hard at some point that season. No shot and apparently I’m just harder on my knees.

So I sit here, at eleven o’clock on a friday night, still running a fever, and still feeling like ass, because, you know…I had the flu shot, so I couldn’t possibly have the flu.

And the worst part? I love food, but don’t want any. I REALLY love wine, and don’t want any of that, either. On the bright side? I think I’ve lost a couple of pounds.


Stay healthy, people…

About Julie the Workaholic

Mom of three (grown) sons and one (grown) step-daughter, wife of one, friend of many, and owned by seven 4-legged critters, writer, photographer, friend, huge fan of life, and most of all, lover of all things beautiful .….Getting healthy, and hoping to make a dent in the world in a most positive way! (And then there's my alter-ego, the Workaholic, who is me, just unfiltered.)
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1 Response to Did You Get Your Flu Shot?

  1. Susan D. says:

    Got mine last week in my right arm and headed straight for the gym. It really is true what they say about working the arm as much as possible will make it quit hurting sooner.

    Yesterday and today I have had the sniffles, but nothing else.

    Sorry you’re sick. My kid refuses to get a flu shot and swears it always gives her the flu. But at least she did get my grandkid his first one this year.

    I hope you get better quickly. I’m really surprised they MADE you get a flu shot. It seems like with all the recalls of meds and other issues over the years they would be afraid of getting sued if something went wrong with your batch of shots.

    On a totally unrelated front, the husband and I went to the state fair today. Had free passes to get in. Spent $5 on parking and $49 at the fair itself. In less than three hours. On food. Nothing BUT food. Only $3 of that was on “real” food—-the rest was all junk. We can highly recommend the Red Velvet Funnel Cake. It’s been over six hours since we left there. I still haven’t come down from the sugar buzz.

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