I went to bed a couple of Thursdays ago with a sore throat, and nothing else. It stayed that way for two days and on Saturday, I took a total nose-dive off the healthy wagon and started to feel flu-ish. I’m only guessing it was flu-ish, because I’ve never had the flu, but I was cold, and then hot, and feeling general malaise.
Sometime throughout the night, I started to feel like the surface of the sun. I can’t remember the last time I had a fever, maybe seven? So feeling like that, sucked. I spent most of the day in bed on Sunday and by Monday, while I was a little weak, was feeling human again. My mother of course asked “IS IT THE SWINE FLU?” Which of course, at this point, does it really matter? Seriously.
Now, because we don’t get the flu in this house, and we’re overall, a healthy family, neither of us subscribes to a belief in the flu shot. Our kids aren’t in daycare. We (most of the time anyway, save for this week, HELLO 70 DEGREES, let me punch you in the face) live in the crap hole that is Pennsylvania weather, which is usually rain, rain and more rain. I don’t know why people make jokes about Seattle being the rainy city, because it rains here just as often. We don’t get out much in the winter, is what I’m trying to say.
I guess now, however, I can stop being all cocky and saying “well, I just don’t get the flu.” Because that winning streak is over. I had a nice run. Better than the Yankees.
Despite actually getting the flu, I don’t regret not getting the flu shot. My body did exactly as it was supposed to to fight off the illness. I stayed hydrated, slept a lot and made sure to take care of myself. I’m not saying this is foolproof, but I still stand by my decision not to vaccinate against the flu. And with all of this hulabaloo over H1N1 and it possibly being a mandated vaccination, it bothers me that I may not have that choice. It also bothers me that there’s that whole comfort in numbers mentality. Think like I do. If you feel the need to get the flu vaccine, that’s your choice, and I don’t have any problem with your belief, but jesus, get off your damn soap box*.
*not pointed at anyone in particular.