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#1 toomanytoys84 OFFLINE  

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Posted December 02, 2015 - 03:47 PM

Since Sunday I have had extreme chills, fevers, clogged up head, cough, body aches so bad it feels like I've been ran over by a bus then back over again, even my hair hurts.

 

This is getting crazy.  I have slept something like 36 hours in the last 4 days!  I can't shake it.  Then I love these little hour long segments where you are feeling better and you think "I've done it!  I'm on the downhill slide now!"  Then to just get ran over by the bus again and feel terrible.  I haven't even eaten in 4 days, just drank Gatorade, and water.  Still working 10 hours a day is starting to take its toll on me. 

 

But Being the smarty pants I am I scheduled all my sick and vacation time for the last 2 weeks of December for Christmas.  So I have no sick time, no vacation days and no deferred holidays.  Taking off one day now would make a mess out of my schedule then.

 

 


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Posted December 02, 2015 - 04:24 PM

Bet you will hold some sick/vacation days back next year.  I always held back 5 days of sick days just in case. 


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Posted December 02, 2015 - 04:41 PM

Hope you get to feeling better quick.  Its a miserable way to spend a week.  :wallbanging:   Look at the bright side - you won't have the flu DURING your Christmas break.  :thumbs:

 

The MRS. changed jobs this fall therefore leaving the employer that MANDATED - FORCED her to get a flu shot every year.  It was not optional nor open for discussions.  Period!

Of course she got the flu EVERY year.  This year without the shot I'm betting she don't get it at all.

 

I used to work at a place where we were all "expected" to get the shot.  In fact my former employer brought the nurses to our place of work and lined us up in the break room.  When I got to the front of the line I said "I respectfully decline".  The other 11 people in my department took the shot. I got escorted into the office where I was told I wouldn't get paid sick leave if I got sick [for any reason] and damn near got fired for it.  That was in the fall of 2000.  I was one of only 3 that didn't get the flu that season.  The next year roughly half of my co-workers refused the shot.  So few people got the flu that season the employer quit bringing in the nurse and told us we were welcome to see our own doctors IF we wanted a flu shot. 

 

I'm always leary of anythng forced upon us.


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Posted December 02, 2015 - 04:56 PM

I stopped getting the flu shots when I retired from the navy, I haven't had the flu in ten years. The VA is pushing the new nasal spray flu thing, the doc says it offers more protection for a wider spectrum of the flu. I am going with what has always worked for me and not fix what ain't broke! I have different feelings about kids in school, they are around such a wide variety of people I would think they are just destined to get it.

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Posted December 02, 2015 - 05:22 PM

Most "flu" shots are only effective on one strain of the virus. Flu vaccines are useless in any environment.



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Posted December 02, 2015 - 06:03 PM

We do work for the area hospital. They have hired a service called Vendormate
. It is the biggest racket I've ever heard of and is a big part of medical bills going up.

Anyways, I don't get the shot... Found out I cant go service the projector in the board room. Took them exactly .0005 seconds to tell me I was exempt this trip.

If I'd been thinking, I'd have gotten exemption permanently. Next time they need something, its leverage time.
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Posted December 02, 2015 - 06:05 PM

I've been sick with a cold for a month, just getting over it. Worst one I ever had. Stuffed up and nose running. Run run run. Boy it was bad, but I was not down and out, still did stuff, but not as much or fast. Any way, hope you get better soon, don't want to be sick for Xmas. Noel

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Posted December 02, 2015 - 06:45 PM

It seems like my Dad said that a cure for the flu was a shot whiskey and a etc., etc.



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Posted December 02, 2015 - 08:49 PM

My wife is recently retired MD. Let me dispel a few myths, flu shots will not give you the flu, the nasal spray can if you have a weakened immune system, the shot is a killed virus, and can make you feel bad if you have an illness when you get the shot. It cannot give you the flu. Shots typically cover multiple strains, not just one. They cover the strains that are believed to be most likely circulating the next year. They are typically 40-70% effective. What that means is if half the population gets a shot, that means half or more of them, if exposed, won't become ill. Plus they won't spread it to others. In reality, if half the people would get the shot, less than half the cases we see would never happen. If you aren't allergic, get the damn shot!
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Posted December 02, 2015 - 08:53 PM

I get the flu shots every year and haven't had full blown flu since.  I just got over a cold a little while back, but flu not for a few years now.

  Hope you get over yours soon, but it takes a while....that I remember well!



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Posted December 02, 2015 - 08:57 PM

I think for older folks such as myself it is wise to vaccinate for the flu , and they have the shots for a  broader spectrum of the virus. I remember having it and really being sick when I was a thirty something I don't feel the need to suffer that again if its not necessary. The shot is free.



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Posted December 03, 2015 - 05:27 AM

I don't mean to preach, but all the excuses not to get a shot, other than allergic reaction, make us sound like we are scared of a little needle. I use to avoid them too. Then one year I got it bad it kicked my butt! My wife would come in once in a while and ask me if I needed anything, then say, "I bet you'll get the shot next year!" She was right! LOL

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Posted December 03, 2015 - 08:38 AM

My pulmonologist Dr also wanted me to get a pneumonia shot after my blood clots in my lungs.  When he asked, I said "pop it to me".  That shot lasts about 5 years.  Proactive is way better than reactive.


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Posted December 03, 2015 - 09:38 AM

I got the Prevnar 13 shot this year, to go with my pneumococcal, I've had pneumonia and it's a witch!
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Posted December 03, 2015 - 09:45 AM

I got my flu shot maybe a month ago. They give them out at work, bring the nurses in and you line up and get your shot and a piece of candy!

 

Today I feel like a real person.  I can't really speak due to drainage and head congestion, but I can think, walk, and work without feeling like death warmed over!  It's the small victories. 

 

Now I have to figure out why the camp water tank is empty when just yesterday it had 250 gallons in it.  Nothing like getting a half a shower...

 

Maybe today I will attempt to eat something. 


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