A person can develop the flu/ The flu, a hundred and three point two

[Note to those of you who have suggested themes/lyrics: I am going to try to use your suggestions, especially when my everyday life doesn't inspire me. Just because I haven't used them yet doesn't mean I won't. Keep suggesting!]

The yearly question once again raises its head: to flu shot, or not to flu shot? I've gotten by without flu shots for my whole life so far and don't usually get hit very hard in flu season (just enough to take a sick day off work and some time to take care of myself), but on the other hand, I have a lot of college students trafficking in and out of my office, who all live in close quarters with each other and spread disease and germs wherever they go¹. And I also just wrote "I've gotten by without flu shots for my whole life so far and don't usually get hit very hard in flu season" which means that I have attracted the Wrath of the Gods and should protect myself. In the interest of scientific experimentation, I have decided to give it a try this year. What's the worst that'll happen? I'll probably die after a prolonged, painful illness from some supervirus that an evil mastermind has injected into the vaccine. So, you know, what the hey?

I got the shot at about 2:30 this afternoon (for $5, thank you Office of Employee Health and Well-Being²). Before I left, I asked my colleague, who is wise in the ways of flu shots, whether it would hurt. She said it wouldn't.

"It had better not," I threatened. "If it hurts, I'll have to come back and hurt you as much as it hurt me!" I am not in the habit of physically threatening my coworkers, but fortunately she hasn't reported me to Personnel. ...yet!

I went and got my shot and it hurt! Yes, it was over very quickly and yes, it didn't hurt that much, but it was still painful! So I went back to the office and informed my colleague that it hurt as much as I imagine being decapitated would hurt, only without the sweet release of death. I was exaggerating slightly, but I wouldn't be nearly as interesting if I just told the plain truth all the time.

So far I haven't died or sprouted horns. I will keep you posted.

¹ I don't actually work in a Victorian-era tenament/sweatshop where everyone is coughing cholera-germs onto each other while dying of consumption, but I like to imagine that I do. In my imagination the students are all wearing flat caps and fingerless gloves, too. I wish I had more power over campus fashion.

² I am seriously always talking about Employee Health and Well-Being. I think I have a secret crush on Employee Health and Well-Being.

srah - Friday, 2 November 2007 - 7:10 PM
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Comments (17)

gravatar Amy - November 2, 2007 - 8:19 PM -

Guys and Dolls! I <3 Guys and Dolls. :)

gravatar srah - November 2, 2007 - 8:20 PM -

One point for Amy!

gravatar Elisabeth - November 2, 2007 - 8:24 PM -

Honestly I only got a flu shot because it was free.

gravatar Tony - November 2, 2007 - 8:56 PM -

Wuss. When I got mine, not only didn't it hurt but my arm didn't even bleed! The nurse was like, nope, no bleeding, you don't even need a band-aid. Damn straight! HUA!

gravatar srah - November 2, 2007 - 9:01 PM -

Mine still hurts with a pain equal to the burning of ten suns!

gravatar Tony - November 2, 2007 - 9:04 PM -

Drama queen.

gravatar srah - November 2, 2007 - 9:05 PM -


gravatar srah - November 2, 2007 - 9:08 PM -

Also, I am faint from all the blood I've lost. Gallons and gallons of it!

gravatar Tony - November 2, 2007 - 9:10 PM -

I see. So, you just remembered that you are faint? I forget feeling faint all the time.

gravatar srah - November 2, 2007 - 9:13 PM -

It is easy to do when you are a big liar.

gravatar Tony - November 2, 2007 - 9:19 PM -

And I used to look to your blog as the last bastion of truthfulness on the Internets. Bah ha ha ha ha.

BTW, regarding this: http://xkcd.com/242/
I've taken the right branch of the opening comic (of course) more than once...and it does indeed happen every time.

gravatar srah - November 2, 2007 - 9:21 PM -

Nah, it's pure truthiness.

gravatar Craig - November 3, 2007 - 9:13 AM -

The idea of your coworkers coughing cholera on each other is somewhat amusing, and really quite disgusting if you stop to think about it. After all, typically coughing isn't quite how you'd spread the disease, which is part of why it's amusing, but I don't want to think about how it got into their lungs.

Sadly, I can relate to that XKCD comic (it's one of my favorites, actually) quite well. That's pretty much what I did when I found out that part of our fence was electrified (the installers accidentally hit a wire). I touched it and then proceeded with "What if I touch this part? How about here? Ok, so I have to touch here and here, but what if I touch here and there?"

gravatar srah - November 3, 2007 - 9:57 AM -

And this is why I'm not a medical professional. Or even an amateur.

gravatar EV - November 3, 2007 - 4:17 PM -

That one year that they ran out of flu shots, I got hit so hard I slept through Christmas and New Years and wanted nothing more than to die. So I'm all over them forever, even though they make my arm hurt for three days.

gravatar Cheryl - November 5, 2007 - 8:49 AM -

Flu shots is the reason there's a Superflu.

gravatar srah - November 5, 2007 - 9:17 AM -

Oh great! Now I've got Superflu! Et j'en ai pas besoin!

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