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By: FatCatAnna

The Roller Coaster Ride of Diabetes! Whoo! Whoo!

I am a Type 1 diabetic diagnosed back in the early 60's as a child.  I am living in Montreal, Canada and enjoy scribbling about diabetes from time to time. I’ve had my ups / downs just like any person would experience with going through life - diabetic or not.  My motto in life?  Diabetes does not control me – I control it!! 

You can find more posts/discussions at my Facebook page called "The Roller Coaster Ride of Diabetes" and also on Twitter under the name of FatCatAnna.  Feel free to follow me at both places or send me a private message!

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Posted: Oct 20, 2010 0:31
  • Looking for a needle in the haystack!

    I'm once again facing that dilemma of the "seasonal flu shot" in the province of Quebec that I live in here in Canada.  While I read of my American friends and other friends in parts of Canada that have already received their flu shots - it makes me wonder about the province I live in.  Why do they take so long to make the vaccine available?

    I know I've told some of my American friends that here in Quebec they are waiting for that perfect formula to incorporate all the nasty flu viruses that they feel will do the most harm to the population.  This was told to me by a nurse on call at the CLSC (that I spoke to on the phone.  Even better, was when I spoke to her about the recent news article about having the flu shot earlier in the season was beneficial to the heart, she seemed abit stumped by what answer to give to me. 

    If you haven't opened up the link above to read the news article - in a nutshell - the article states that getting the flu shot earlier in the season rather then later in the fall is actually beneficial to our heart.  A study was done in England and Wales where  researchers found that the annual flu shot was associated with a large drop in the rates of first heart attacks!

    It's been a long time since I've had the flu symptoms, but they usually range from running noise, achy muscles, phlegmy cough (gross), but what it also affects is inflammation in various tissues. What the researchers say is that they think the inflammation affects the lining of the blood vessel, which causes plaque to form.  This plaque when it dislodges can block a coronary artery, stop the blood flow and BOOM cause a heart attack.  As we diabetics know, we are already compromised with our blood vessels to begin with!  So, the flu shot has two advantages as far as I'm concerned.

    Anyway, it's been recommended by my American friends that I come on over to the border and get my flu vaccination at Walgreens or one of the many pharmacies that offer it.  I have to admit I am HIGHLY tempted to do this, as I'm starting to get annoyed at our so called "free" health care system in the province I live in.

    Hopefully the RAMQ (Regie de l'assurance Quebec) is reading this - as I've already sent them an email about my dismay at having to wait until mid-November to be eligible for my flu shot.   To make matters worse, the address they list to go and get the flu shot on their webpage does not exist in my GPS, Google Maps, Map Quest - it's like looking for a needle in the haystack!

    Needle in a haystack by Wicked_Kitten_sinz at Photobucket

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  • By: FatCatAnna: Oct, 31, 2010 21:42 PM

    Hey AmraiT - I've been getting a flu shot for as long as they've been available - so that's going on for at least 15 years now.  I did miss it one year, due to my doctor running out of the serum (at that time you could only get it at your GP).  The year I missed it, I got hit with influenza, that basically left me with a knee problem for the next few years (never had had a flu like this before).  I learnt my lesson as it took me awhile to recover, and now make sure I get my flu shot every year.

    Good news though - is that I found out at the clinic where my GP is - that they are giving out the flu shot (I didn't know that it was done anymore at the doctors since I've been getting mine for free at a local government clinic - **IF** you meet the criteria).  So, for $10 CDN, I'm getting it done at my GP's office.  Rather then lining up with LOTS of people at the local government clinic / wasting valuable work time.  I'm getting the shot 2 weeks earlier then if I went the government route as well!

    One thing about the side effects.  My Mum doesn't get the flu shot because of that.  One year, she had trouble breathing (almost like a heart attack).  My Dad took her to ER, and it turned out something in the vaccine is produced with eggs and she got an allergic reaction to it.  That put my Mum off getting the flu shot ever again. I think my Dad still gets it though. 

    Also I believe the percentage of people that do have side effects is pretty rare.  You are always asked to stay at least 15 minutes or more after the shot, as that is what they consider the reaction time to the shot, and if it will cause you any problems.

    So, does that help you abit better in determining whether or not to get the flu shot?  Hope so.

    Woman getting flu shot

    " Nah - it doesn't hurt! I promise "

    By: AmariT: Oct, 21, 2010 15:28 PM
    I didn't know that about it being better for the heart to get the flu shot early. 

    I'm never quite certain whether I want to get the flu shot. I tend to be pretty healthy, all things considered, and I'm always paranoid about side effects to these kind of things (though, as a friend pointed out, not getting vaccinated has side effects too--like getting sick). 

    There are always some people who say that they tend to get the flu years when they get the vaccine and not get the flu years when they don't. That could just be coincidence, but it could also just be different bodies reacting to things differently. 

    Canada (1) Quebec (1) Walgreen (1) plaque (1) attack (1) heart (1) vaccine (1) flu (1)

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