Sick Season - Flu Shots
So it has been a few too many days since my last post, but I came down with a nasty cold and havent really had the energy for a post. Not to mention my last day of work is this Wednesday, then move to Vancouver Friday, and start my new gig next Monday. Kinda busy and this sickness has been untimely. [So excited too, because I also got my ANIMAS PING insulin pump a couple days ago and have been doing the saline trial (post to come soon)]
That being said, this is just going to be a quick post about being sick. Being sick consists of watching quite a bit of T.V. and when the news came on the other night, I wasn't too surprised to see that this is one of the worst flu season ever. Everyone at work has seemed to be sick this last week. The story was about a healthy 17 year old teen who came down with the flu and ended up passing away from pneumonia. I was blown away. They mentioned a staggering statistic of people that die each year from the flu, but it is usually because of an existing condition that the flu complicates. Of course, first thing I think about when I hear "pre-existing condition" is Diabetes.
Doctors always recommend Diabetics get a flu shot. I sometime do and I sometimes dont with no rhyme or reason. I am not sure how I feel about it. Leave a comment below to your experiences with the Flu Shots. Below is my experience with the Flu shot this year.
My experience this year was mixed. I ended up getting a flu shot a Kaiser a couple day before Thanksgiving. We went down to San Diego and Wednesday evening I woke up in the middle of the night shaking uncontrollably. No matter what I did, I was soooo cold, I could not stop shaking. My back tightened up, my body felt like I had been hit by a baseball bat. My wife stacked literally ten blankets on me, took my temperature at 102 degrees, blood sugar at 160 and finally after an hour my fever broke and I was sweating like a dog. I was thinking I would end up in the emergency room on Thanksgiving. I feel back asleep, woke up feeling achey and missed the turkey trot. However, miraculously, two or three hours later, I felt pretty normal. Blood sugars were fine, appetite was great, and played with the kids. I wasn't 100%, but extremely better than what I thought I was going to feel like during the night before. So I think to myself, was that episode worth not getting the full blown flu this season? I guess. Still a little unsure.
1/6/2013 11:30:14 am
I get a flu shot every year, this is the first year I wasn't super excited about it. I decided to get the flu mist instead of the shot (I know we're not supposed to get it because of the big D), didn't have any problems. It DID make my mouth taste really bad for a few minutes though.
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