Thursday, October 8, 2015

Flu Shots

This week has been crazy. I hate midterms, and finals. The stress of it all just sucks! I care more than most the students about their grades. It's sad really. I don't know if it's a generation thing, or if it's just the group I have. I love teaching. I show examples of what I want, what I don't want, talk about what I want, and what I don't want, and have a handout. For some reason the group of students I have is having a hard time with deadlines. I think in high school many art instructors gave their students as long as they wanted on projects. Ya...I don't do that. If you want a job in design, you have to get things done fast. Tomorrow most of them will get a swift kick in the butt to get things done!

I've been stressing, and tired this week.

There were somethings to do this week:
  • Test drive a Rav4 to replace our 12 year old Pilot
  • Go to the boy's school for Mica's curriculum night (Isaak had his last week) - that's tonight 
  • Wash all the bedding to add blankets on the beds - It's done 
  • Wash the drapes, iron and put them back up - It's done
I thought Travis was going to kill me in the cleaning process. He doesn't get spring and fall cleaning. For a long time Travis worked the weekends. When he worked is when I did those things.
  • Get flu shots - That's done
We all got flu shots.
Travis was first. His work all went together to Walgreens to get them, then they paid for them to all have lunch.

I always insist on going to the doctor to get the rest of our shots. That way it goes through insurance without hesitation. It's lucky for us, the boy's doctor has Saturday appointments. I had to take off a 1/2 hour to get it done on Monday.

Why get the flu shot at all?

Heck last year's didn't work...we all got the real flu minus Dad. Travis got the real flu when I was pregnant with one of the boys. I can't remember which one now. I think Mica (2004). They had a shortage that year. He missed 2 weeks of work.
When we were sick last year. Mica got it the least. He was the last, and I got him on Tamiflu when his symptoms started.

Last year the strain was off. It's really a guessing game each year to figure out the next years flu shot serum. I've never gotten the real flu before, so in my mind the flu shot works. 

My mom has always said that since I have year round allergies, and asthma I need to get this shot. My immune system isn't as strong as it should be. I'm around college students that don't take care of themselves as well as they should. 

Mica takes the shot like a champ. In fact he tries to talk Isaak into thinking that the shot isn't a big deal.

They didn't have the mist yet, and I don't know how I feel about it because it's a live virus. 

I'm a punk of a mom because I have zero sympathy when it comes to shots. I got allergy shots when I was a kid. That's not to say that I enjoyed them. I hid from my mom when she was about to give me one. It's just that after dealing with Influenza last year, dealing with Meningitis when Isaak was a baby, dealing with a staph infection in Mica's neck when he was a baby, and having a Mom that had Polio I don't want to deal with anything yucky if I don't have to. Nope!

Travis waited in the lobby.

I couldn't help, but to crack up laughing when Isaak got his flu shot. Here's how it went down:

Nurse: Who's going first?

Me: Mica can you go?

Mica: Really? Do I have to? I go first with everything!

Isaak: I'm not going to get the shot at all!

Nurse: Let's get the one who's not going to get the shot at all first.

Me: Ok

I grabbed him, and put him up on the table. Down his pants went. I held his arms, so Isaak wouldn't move on the nurse.

Isaak: Hold up! I haven't had a chance to think of anything nice, or good at all! {Insert shot here} Give me time!

Tears, and a slight scream came out of Isaak's mouth.

Mica: Really Isaak! Get over it already. It hurts way less then a bee sting.

I couldn't help, but to laugh.

Mica got his. 

Mica: See Isaak...I'm not screaming, or crying. 

Isaak: I can't help it. It hurt, and she didn't wait for me to think of anything good like you guys talked about in the car. 

Isaak limped to the lobby to pick out a sticker. 

Isaak: Mica do you want a sticker?

Mica: No! Those things are for babies. 

Me: Mica stickers are not for babies. Babies would eat them. 

Mica: Ok then they are for little kids. 

Me: Isaak is a little kid. 

Mica: Ok let's go. 

Travis: Isaak stop limping. You're fine. 

Isaak: But my leg feels like it's going to fall off. It hurts.

He milked the limp for a few hours.


Masshole Mommy said...

I have never gotten a flu shot - I have never had the flu. I get colds, but not the flu. I get the kids the nasal vaccine, but only because the pediatrician pressures me into it.

Cascia Talbert said...

Glad to hear you all got flu shots. Your boys were brave. We still need to go in and get ours.

Ai Sakura said...

Thankful that Lil Pumpkin takes to shots pretty easily and isn't afraid of them. I hope you have a more relaxing weekend and rest properly!

Ai @ Sakura Haruka

Janie Junebug said...

Pants down? That has me curious. We always get flu shots in our arms. Last year's shot sucked, but most years it gives some people a modicum of protection. The year of H1N1 was the most important shot in a long time. If we'd had an all-out H1N1 epidemic, so many people would have been sick, and quite a few would have died. That's one problem that the Obama administration handled quickly and efficiently. I get a flu shot every year. I think it's gradually increased my resistance because I don't get the flu very often now. I remember the year of the shortage. I worked in a doctor's office, and WE couldn't get the shot. I wore gloves almost constantly and changed them frequently because even a simple doorknob is dangerous. Anyway, congratulations on your shots, and I hope you all remain well. Keep your hands away from your eyes and your nasal membranes and may the force be with you!


Theresa Mahoney said...

Jason gets one every year with his work too. I admit, I never get one. I always feel like crud afterwards, so I stopped doing it years ago. The girls get them in their arms, so I am a little curious about the pants down thing too. Thankfully, the girls take shots like champs, though Allison will act like a baby sometimes for a bit afterwards.

Veronica Lee said...

Your boys were brave !!! We have yet to get ours.

Happy Weekending, A!

Veronica Lee said...

Your boys were brave !!! We have yet to get ours.

Happy Weekending, A!

~ Noelle said...

Broxton got his the other day. I was going to do the mist for him, but he wanted the shot. ;)

Anonymous said...

The ONLY time I've ever gotten a flu shot was when I was pregnant and they basically coerced me into it. I didn't want it, I've never had one before then and I haven't had one since because I was sick for like a week after I got it. Wasn't the flu, was just... ill. May of been a coincidence, but still. Never have had the flu.
I understand herd immunity, but I still can't bring myself to weather a week-long feeling like crap for the chance of it not even working (like at my mother's work where they're required, her boss still got the flu last year). My Other never gets them (but that's because when he gets sick it's only ever like a 24-hr thing and he's good, which is still rare) and my little girl hasn't had a flu shot, but she's up on everything else.

Eat To Live said...

I was surprised this year. When the nurse gave me my flu shot, I didn't even feel it going in.


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