Covid Vaccine: 1st Dose

I was so sure that I wouldn’t be able to get my first vaccine shot until July. Today was my day to go and get jabbed. I’m hopeful this first round of the vaccine for me does some good.

Family flu shot

Every year I get my Flu Shot. Almost every year I do not get the flu. I really hope that will be the same case with the Covid vaccine. Missing part of my lung has me on the paranoid side of cautious. Last year it took me months to get out of the house to go grocery shopping. I still prefer if my wife goes.

I have gotten better about just going out. But I choose to go out during days and times when I know the potential of crowds are minimal. Or even non-existent. I still sanitize too much and wash my hands every chance I get. I also keep my distance from everyone. (That may be normal anyways.)

I want my paranoia to go away. I see the vaccine shot as my chance to behave normal-ish. Feel free to judge me, but I’m getting my shot, and I’ll likely still wear my mask until well after getting part two of the shot. Covid won’t vanish overnight. But it should diminish.

Waiting to get my shot- there was no one there. Just me. Sitting quietly as I wrote today’s blog. I also did some more online research into the version of the Covid Vaccine I was about to receive. Yeah, there are potential side effects. But that’s the same with all medications. Being a young (encroaching on middle age), virile, somewhat healthy, male- I’m not too worried.

For those wondering which first dose vaccine I received- AstraZeneca. My second dose will be in about four months (or possibly earlier) according to my pharmacist.

You Give Me Fever

There’s nothing quite like the feeling of losing control of your senses. The strangest sensations are those when you wake up in a daze. I almost enjoy having a fever and taking cold medicine just to experience it.

When I was younger, I was often sick. Mostly ear infections. A lot of ear infections. I wrote about them back in 2016. Read about me tripping out as a child: Noises In My Head. As an adult, at least I can differentiate between reality and those hallucinations.

Or can I? Man. WTF. Back to reality. I think.

Bad Bacteria

Being sick is not fun. I’m starting to think it’s because of my coworkers. In more ways than one. First- people are always coming in to work sick or with flu-like symptoms. That’s a great way to make everyone sick. Besides the airborne coughing and sneezing- people touch everything!

Sharing a workspace means I touch a lot of the same spots. Keyboard, mouse, phone, desk, chair, doorknobs etc… bacteria and sickness gets spread quickly.

Most of my coworkers come into work and use Clorox Wipes and attempt to disinfect everything around. Normally I just do a quick wipe or wet cloth if I see dirt. Those invisible bacteria seems like it’s more harmful to remove 99.9% of them.

There’s no exact way to prevent becoming sick. Except telling people to stay home when they’re sick. I think it’s a courtesy to your coworkers.

Sharing donuts- Good.

Sharing the flu- Bad.

Cold Comfort

As I mentioned the other day, I felt I was getting sick. And so the sick bequeathed unto me. (Did I use that right?) I am now resorting to my comfort needs and everything possible to feel better.

Chicken noodle soup. A must have when feeling sick. In our home it has been dubbed “Sicky-Soup” for good reason. Keeping those fluids up is essential for getting better. I also drink a lot more tea and ginger ale during this time. Good to keep the stomach calm.

Of course rest is good. I find that I move from bed to couch and back again throughout the day. With the occasional stop in the washroom because of all those fluids entering my body. When laying on a couch I always grab an old comforter, this time it’s ALF keeping me cozy.

Of course the last thing is medicine and vitamins. I try and start with Vitamin C and see if it helps. But then it’s onto Tylenol Cold and Flu. If that fails to rid my body of ailments, hot Neo-Citron knocks me down so I can get back up… eventually.

What are your go-to remedies?

Why Am I Sick!?

I think I brought back something from Winnipeg that I didn’t overly want. A massive head cold and stomach bug. It started slowly on Sunday, but blossomed into something much less desirable by the end of Tuesday.

Taking a sick day is rare for me. But I really needed it. Sleep and medicine has been useful in trying to combat this attack on my body. Wearing comfortable pjs and eating comfort food has also been helping. (That’s probably just the lazy factor making me happy.)

I want to blame the recirculated air on the airplanes for this. But it’s probably a culmination of that plus back to school (kids are germ spreaders!) and the change in weather. My stockpile of unused tissues is diminishing as my collect of used ones increases.

Ugh. I just want to get back to feeling normal.

Is that too much to ask?

Flu Shot Slimer

I was bed ridden for a couple weeks with the H1N1 flu strain a few years ago. It was the worst experience of being ill that I can remember. Never again. Ever since then we have gotten the flu shot.

Yesterday we went out as a family and got the flu shot. What a great family outing Josef! I know. Best part was going for a Costco Hot Dog afterwards for dinner. Almost defeats the purpose of keeping healthy.

But in a way, it was kind of like a tribute to what I imagine goes on inside a person with the flu. Something about imagining what the virus is reminds me of Slimer from Ghostbusters. A green slimy thing replicating inside a person’s body eating away at the good blood cells.

That’s about the extent of my biological scientific knowledge.

Anyways, the flu shot 2018 is behind me now. Get yours or don’t get yours. I won’t judge. But I’ll be getting one every year.

Flu Shot

Today’s adventure was getting shot in the arm.  My wife took the kids and I to our family doctor and got our annual flu shot.  My twelve year old daughter asked the nurse “why do we get it in our arm?”  The nurse told her she could get it in the thigh or buttocks.  I said to my daughter that I’ve had a needle in the bum before.  Quick as a whip she said, “you’ve also had a finger in the bum.”  Thanks for reminding me about my physical last year.

Back to the flu vaccine-  I don’t exactly have the best immune system as it is.  I had an upper lobe of my lung removed at age two.  I suffered from numerous ear infections as a child and chest colds growing up.  Asthma and allergies have manifested throughout my adult life into something rather troublesome.  So a flu shot helps.

In 2008 I didn’t get a flu shot.  That fall, I was so sick, I ended up in the hospital and off work for three weeks.  Suffice to say it wasn’t just a case of “The Man Flu”.  I had never felt so horrible in my entire life.  I even lost a lot of weight- I don’t exactly have much extra weight to give away as it is.

Better to have modern medicine available than living in the dark ages.

 

After I tell people about getting the flu shot, I hear things like:

“Why would you do that? It doesn’t even work.” 

“Flu shots are a waste of time. I’d rather let my own immune system do the work.”

These are the same types of people who come to work sick and spread viruses everywhere, but will gladly take a “sick day” to extend a weekend. They are at every office or job. You know who they are.

The flu shot makes sense to me.  My family gets theirs as well.  Same reason we keep up with vaccines- it’s that whole “herd immunity” thing.  Sure, a shot in the arm hurts a bit- but in less than five minutes we showed up, sat down, got called in and were each given the flu vaccine.  Nice and easy compared to the feeling of death steamrolling over me for days on end.  That isn’t on my to-do list this winter.

So go out and get your flu shot.  Or don’t. It’s your choice.  Just remember that at 2am in the middle of winter, you will be wishing that a store was open and you could buy some over the counter medicines to combat the virus.  Why not just do an ounce of prevention ahead of time?

The Summer Cold

Throughout most of the year I suffer from allergies.  I look at it as my body feeling bad for Mother Nature.  J/k.  Allergies suck.  But what sucks more than allergies is the Summer Cold.


Nothing like looking forward to your weekend, seeing that it’s going to be sunny and warm, making plans with friends, when your body decides to grab a virus.  I often confuse it with a bad case of an allergy attack.  It’s usually when I’m 2-3 days in with the sniffles that I realize I’m sick.  Now my days off are shot trying to recover.  

Did I mention before that I dislike sweating?  Sweating because of manual labor means you are accomplishing something with your hard work.  Sweating because of a cold or flu is just plain gross.  In the summer, being drenched in your own fluids as snot rolls out of your head is not how I want to go.  You may as well be taking the brain out of my skull and throwing it directly into the sun.  Summer cold sweats are the worst.


Usual winter remedies or comforts, like chicken noodle soup or hot tea, doesn’t work the same in the summer.  You pretty much just have to suffer through the cold virus until it passes onto the next victim.  This is the time that I do my best to try using mind over matter.  I think healthy thoughts and avoid focusing on being sick.  I’m not sure that it works, but it beats feeling miserable all the time.

I feel better already.

Achoo 

Nope.  It’s still here.  Ugh.