I Depend On The Kindness Of Strangers . . .

I’m sure you’ve been seeing the PSA’s on TV and ads in the magazines saying that everyone should be getting a flu shot right now, especially due to the H1N1 (Swine) flu that’s also going around.

When Jan was working at the hospital, she was required to get a flu shot every year, whether she wanted to or not. On the other hand I haven’t gotten a flu shot since 1965 when I was in military school and didn’t have a choice.

I tried to tell the doctor at the school clinic that I had been told to never have a flu shot again by my doctor at home because of my severe reaction and resulting hospitalization from it.  But the doctor didn’t believe me, and the Commandant said I could either take the shot, or starting walking PT’s until I did.

PT’s, or Penalty Tours, consisted of walking around the Quadrangle with a pack filled with 60# of sand while carrying an ‘03 Springfield rifle which weighed another 9# or so.

So I took the shot.

Getting out the hospital 10 days later, I was told I didn’t have to take the shot next year. Well, thanks a lot.

So now, like Blanche DuBois, I depend on the kindness of strangers. I figure if everyone else gets their flu shots like good little girls and boys, then I won’t have to. There will be no one for me to catch it from. Works for me.

I’m sure many of you out there remember The Great Swine Flu Pandemic of 1976? The one that the government said would be so devastating that they rushed an untested vaccine into production and use, resulting in dozens dead and hundreds reporting serious side effects like blindness and paralysis?

No, thank you.

And now we have dozens of people contracting narcolepsy after receiving the most recent vaccine.


And to answer your next question, yes, I have had the flu a couple of times since then. But that just means that you aren’t doing your part. So everyone get on the stick out there.

Well, after a high today of 38 degrees and 29 last night, we’re looking for 25° tonight.. I pulled a second electric heater out of the basement, that along with the heated mattress pad on our bed, keeps us warm and toasty.

If it gets down in the ‘teens’, I have a small cube heater like this that I put down in our water bay.

Cube Heater

With the heater plugged into this Inline Thermostat, we’ve been good down to 6 degrees (Garrison, MT in 2008).

Inline Thermostat

The thermostat turns anything plugged into it on at 35 degrees and off at 45 degrees. Works like a champ.

Thought for the Day:

Give power to imbeciles, you get imbeciles with power.



9 Responses

  1. What month of the year were you in Garrison, MT at 6 degrees??? We are doing our part for you, flu shots every year. When I traveled on airplanes 2-3 times per month and was sick all the time then of course the cowboy got sick, a flight attendant friend told me to get a flu shot and I did–for some strange reason that was the end of my getting sick all the time. I do occasionally get a cold but that’s it.

  2. Our problem is that even though Kathy gets her yearly flu shot her immune system is so weak she still catches some of those bugs. Also that she can’t turn away the loving hugs from the Grands with the runny sniveling noses just makes her a sure target.
    Now that we are confined to the trailer because of this cold snap in central Florida (???) the person that never gets sick has felt like he has a bushel basket for a head. With the warm up heading to both our regions by the end of the week things are sure to improve.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It’s about time.

  3. I never get the flu shot….I rarely go to the doctor for anything…I believe the more you go and take meds and shots, the lower your immunity system gets….I might get a good cold in the fall and then it seems to build up my system and I am healthy winter…..

    Thats my MOTTO….and thats what I believe in….My Money is MINE ….not the Docs….KInd of GREEDY that way…..lol…

  4. Well, if money was not so tied up in all things medical these days, we might be able to BELIEVE what they tell us…just a bit more perhaps. And we are not machines, all alike and all!! You really are very allergic!! Thanks for sharing your experiences!!

    Last time hubby got flu shot…it affected his liver, permanently. The kids and I took a different one because we were asmatic and we did ok. Heh, but the man of the house never FORCED us to get them ever again!! Heh….

  5. asthmatic, as in having asthma…oppss sorry…don’t always get spelling perfect anymore…

  6. This is the first year in a long time I haven’t gotten a flu shot – I just haven’t been around a place that has them. So I’m with you – I hope everyone else gets theirs.

  7. Janna,

    It was the first part of April 2008 while we were heading up to Fairbanks.

    Keep getting those shots.

  8. Margaret,

    Sounds good to me.

  9. Have to agree with Margaret. Doctor’s offices are WONDERFUL places to catch something….and pay for the privilege to boot. I’ve never had the flu shot and don’t intend to. It always seems to me that the ones who get sick are the ones who got the shot and I rarely get sick. Did pick up a one-day stomach bug after Christmas but otherwise haven’t even had a cold. Besides I don’t know if the shots are even safe….they throw them together so fast when they decide what the flu du jour is. The ones who get the shots are the guinea pigs to see if anything goes wrong or not. Narcolepsy?? No thanks!! What I believe in is keeping my immune system strong by eating decent food and taking immune building supplements like garlic, D3 and magnesium. Works for me!

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