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Posted: Dec 20, 2013

Pirate Cat

 

Yes, I’m going on a sailing holiday again in the winter – I swore after the one I did with my DH back in February – I would never EVER do this again.  I became very sick during that holiday – stress with one of  the Admirals on board due to their demand of use of water / food.   Not good for any person – diabetic or not.  This time, the gang we’re with – they’ve either read my blog I wrote OR we’ve talked – and I’ve been up front with them – and they’ve all said – WE ARE ON HOLIDAY – IF WE SPEND $100 MORE ON YADDA, YADDA, YADDA – WE ALL SHALL WALK THE PLANK TOGETHER.  Okay, the plank bit they didn’t say – but I’m sure with abit of rum in them – we be doing double flip swan dives off the plank.

Last year on the charter we were on in the Bahamas, one of the couples on board is an RN.  She swears that she feels  due to taking COLD FX prior/during the holidays this is why they didn’t get ill like they had the previous year.   I figured, as an RN, who knows abit about diabetes, that it should be alright to take.  I went into the FAQ area to find out more – and it seemed to be alright for “diabetics” –but it did state that you should speak to your GP or pharmacist prior to taking. 

Frank Walks the Plank (I love cat pictures don't I?)

So, armed with this info – I spoke with my pharmacist yesterday – who told me NOT to take it due to my having Type 1 diabetes – where our autoimmune system has been compromised (this is what causes us to become insulin dependent ).  She said with Type 2 diabetics – its fine to take – as their diabetes is not the same (no kidding).  She said in taking this supplement (its main ingredient is North American ginsing) – that my autoimmune system would become abit whacky – and I’d be MORE prone to getting ill.  Phew – saved myself some $$$’s and potential harm.

What did she recommend instead? 

  • Get a flu shot (I did a few weeks ago);
  • Make sure I tried to avoid places where people are hacking away (this will be hard on the airplane);
  • Start taking a teaspoon of honey every day (local she said was best);
  • Wash your hands (soap / water are fine);
  • Avoid putting hands in eyes and/or mouth. 

Oh, and on the honey advise .... my Mum takes it – but mainly for seasonal allergies I believe.  She doesn’t even get a flu shot due to severe allergic reaction to it many years ago (and she’s never had the flu since I was a little girl – she’s very lucky).  Though when researching for this blog post I’ve come to the conclusion that due to mixed opinions (they say it doesn't work) -  I’ll just give it a go. Plus it does taste good on toast in the morning - right?

Winnie The Pooh

So, I’ll be looking to see when I arrive at my sunny destination – for local honey – to aid in my plan to not get sick like I did last year and pray I’m not sitting in the airplane with a person about to hack up their lungs (can you tell I love flying the friendly skies?).

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Posted: Oct 20, 2010

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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