How many of you take advantage of the flu shot that is offered? I have been very diligent over the past 10 years having the flu shot - and touch wood - not been ill with the flu. Except last year I didn't have the shot - for one reason or another. Now, I know the flu shot only protects you from the really "bad" strain of influenza - but last January - I got hit with the influenza. It left me in a pretty bad state for about a month - and I was just starting to recover from it when I went on my usual winter holiday to escape the winter. I go on a cruise every year to get away from the winter and according to my endo - he feels every diabetic should go on one (hmmm - wonder if he could write a prescription for that) - no stress - and my A1C's are always great afterwards.
Anyway, I was ready to grab anyone with a walking cane or wheel chair when we started on our holidays - because the flu I got hit with affected one of my legs - just one knee - that was it! I am a fairly active person (or like to think I am) - and I wasn't able to walk my usual fast way - thru' airport terminals - let alone walk up/downstairs on the cruise ship (I do this to burn off excess food - that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it ). In the end - I am still feeling the results of this bug. Since June I have been trying to see an orthopedic surgeon - since the knee not only is still screwed up - but also due to the way I walk to compensate for the knee - my hip likes to lock itself at the most inopportune times (e.g. walking in the grocery store - hip locks - I perform a few weird yoga moves - and things go back into place). I am finding this very VERY annoying - since I love to walk. I have the xrays done - but everytime I call back to make an appointment - the office tells me "call back in 2 months". The way things are going - I may see the ortho in the year 2010!!! This is the Canadian medical system for those of you who live in the States. There are pros/cons to our government health insurance like anywhere else that has the same type of system.
So of course, I have an upcoming cruise coming up at the end of the month - 2 weeks this time - to make up for the cruise we took back in January that to me feels like a bad dream. I am determined that I won't get ill before leaving - I want to be able to snorkel - enjoy the ocean breeze - - the sights and sounds ... sigh (I should write romance books shouldn't I?). So, I am having a flu shot this Friday - in the hopes that I will be able to stay healthy - not only during the cruise (noro virus please stay away from me ) - but afterwards.
Wish me luck - and if I get sick - who wants to take my place? Sign up below