BLOG: 6's & 7'S
It's that time of year again when a lot of people are questioning whether they should or should not get a flu shot. The biggest excuse I have heard from non-flu shot advocates is 'I got the shot and still got the flu'. Of course, there are reasons why this could happen, however, I have discovered that a lot of people don't really know what the flu is, and every time they get a sniffle, they claim to have the flu. So in Jeff Foxworthy style, I thought I'd help those of you out that are too wrapped up in your influenza conspiracy theories to actually research it and find out the severity of the symptoms. Here we go:
As for me, getting the shot is a no-brainer, not just to protect myself, but those I come in contact with. For me, any risk, any 'problems' are definitely outweighed by the benefits. BUT, everyone is free to do their own research and make their own choices.
If you follow my blog, you know that some time in April I decided I wanted to be a runner. I run with the arms of a Tyrannosaurus Rex, and have one flat foot and one that pirouettes, but, I've discovered that in running, looking funny isn't necessarily a bad thing. But being older? That's an entirely different story.
I ran my first 5K last Saturday, the Glow Run in Las Vegas. Imagine how proud I was to cross the finish line, behind a guy in a onesie wearing a horse's head, and in front of all the toddlers I had to trip to beat them. Then came the major deflation. Some little twit hands me a coupon and says, "Great! Now go get a drink, Grandma."
GRANDMA?!!? My first thought was to show her the upper cut that 'Grandma' is famous for. My second was to remind her skinny little behind that 'Grandma' just ran three miles while she stood at the finish line passing out drink coupons. My third was to take her in the bar and show her that 'Grandma' could not only outrun her, but could waste her on the pool table, drink her under the table and still be at work by 6 a.m.
But, in my 'old age', I have learned a few things. The tactics above may be a lot of fun, but, there is a much better way for a good girl from the Midwest to say her piece.
I simply smiled and said, "Bless Your Heart."
Which for those of you that don't know, is Kansas code for 'Kiss My Ass.'
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