Thursday, November 5, 2015
The Flu Shot Blues
I used to never get a flu shot. I made sure the Guppies always did and Papa would get it through his job. But me? I passed because of my aversion to needles. ( Joke was on me considering I have to get injections all the time now!) Well, ever since being diagnosed with MS, I get my flu shot. It's recommended all people with auto-immune diseases get it and it's pretty important I don't get sick.
So, this past Tuesday I went and got my shot. I expected the usual symptoms (arm tenderness). Well, usual is NOT what I got. Yesterday my MS symptoms were RAGING to the point where Papa thought I was going to have to see the neurologist ASAP! I was panicking because I could barely walk without pain!
And, then, as I was walking by the bakery at the grocery store yesterday morning - because I HAD to go grab a few things because the house was actually getting bare - I thought I was going to throw up from the smell of bread. This is not me! Trust me, I have never turned down any type of bread! LOL So...I began to wonder if it was flu shot related...
A call to my favorite nurse (aka Mom) verified that yes, I could be having a reaction to the flu shot. And in the past I thought everyone who complained about having flu symptoms after getting the vaccine were just being babies. Who knew?
I slept almost the entire day away yesterday - if you don't count waking up with fever, chills, and muscle cramps every hour. I did get up to make everyone else dinner - because I did NOT go to that stinking grocery store for nothing! Haha!
This morning I feel wiped out but way better than yesterday. Am I still happy I got the flu shot? Absolutely! One miserable day is soooo much better than what getting the flu would do to me! Plus, I am actually happy that my ailments yesterday isn't my MS getting worse but a byproduct of my vaccine.
Papa tried his best to take care of the things that absolutely needed to be done (like loading the dishwasher after dinner and getting the dog out for a walk) but there's still so much to do! Today I will be slowly trying to catch up.
And I will try to post my grocery trip later this afternoon too because I want to keep up with that!
So, question to you guys....Do you get a flu vaccination? If you do, do you have any flu-like symptoms afterwards?