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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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Posted: Nov 9, 2009

Well, it's actually a beautiful day here in Montreal.  I wish I had the motorcycle today (hate sharing my bike with hubby), to go out for a drive (did this yesterday, which was another nice day).  Alas, work is calling me, and I have so much to share with you all!

First, driving off to my doctors this a.m. to get my 2nd shot for my Twinrix vaccine (for protection against Hepatitis A/B). I found out on the radio that here in Montreal, I can finally get my H1N1 vaccine earlier then expected!!  Originally the date was set for November 23rd, and I was getting abit worried, as I'm off on holidays later that week.   I did have a slight fear of having ill effects from the H1N1 vaccine if I had it done that week, not that I ever have with the regular flu shot, but still had that little devil on my shoulder poking at me.  I was going to wait until I got back from my holidays, but I hated waiting longer then I had to for the vaccine, but now the date has been advanced, so I'll have more time to recouperate IF I do get effected by the shot.  So, wish me luck, that I can get a number for my flu shot at the one clinic that is opened up in my area (have to go down for 07h00 - in order to get a number and time for the H1N1 vaccine later in the day as they only have so much vaccine each day to give out).

Now, second, this past w/e I spent time helping out Mark & Patti Clifford from Fresno, California with their launch of the first World Diabetic KID'Z Weekend on Blog Talk Radio / Livestream.  It was truly amazing experience to be part of and hopefully something that will take place every year (though I wouldn't mind doing this more often, as it was such a blast).  I spoke with Mum's with children who have diabetes, adults who have diabetes.  Between texting our comments and also talking on the radio, it hopefully helped people to understand what diabetic go thru' on a daily basis and bringing new issues to light. 

The good thing about Mark and his wife Patti, they think the same way as I do about diabetes. We don't define it by Type 1, 2, LADA,  we are ALL diabetics or know someone who has it - no matter what type we have.  I do find at some of the diabetic groups I belong to online, that sometimes there can be a battle between the different types of diabetes, not so with this group that Mark has set up at Change the World - Global Diabetic Awareness - we're all in the same boat!  We have a daily battle with keeping our BG's at good levels/weight/discrimination/etc.

Check out the video on The Diabotics as well - and maybe you can make up your own with all the bits and pieces that you use in your daily life as a diabetic (I know mine will look pretty amazing as some of the examples in the video )!  One thing to take note of is Mark is hoping to make November 7th a permanent fixture on the American calendar in the future as well!  Wouldn't it be great if it was an event that takes place all over our big blue marble?  I hope to help him and others in this endeavour.

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