Thursday, May 21, 2009

Vaccinated (Or Not)

I had pneumonia back in 1985. There's a whole story about that, but I'll just summarize it by this was about the sickest I had ever been.

In 2005, when I lost my job at Mueller Steam, I ran straight to the Doctor's office to fit in one last insurance-covered check-up. The Doc suggested I get a "pneumonia shot" since I had already had it once and needed that extra protection against getting it again.

I didn't really want the shot, but I went along with it.

Yep, six months later I had pneumonia again. Not as bad as back in 1985, but I was pretty sick.

In November of 1997, I was offered a free flu shot at the radiator factory where I was temping. Usually, I pooh-pooh such things, but, like an idiot, I went for it.

Yep. I was sick from November, 1997 through April, 1998. I had never been sick that long.

Here is my conclusion: These shots may have not caused my illnesses, but they did not prevent me from getting sick, either.

Isn't there a saying that a definition of insanity is to do the same thing over and over and yet expect different results each time?

(This is a left-over draft that I had in my blogger folder, so I figured I'd throw it up here)

7 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

So, are you going to get another shot this year?

June 04, 2009 10:37 PM  
Blogger more cowbell said...

yeah, when I was in the military, flu shots were mandatory. I kept telling them that they made me sick, and they said that was ridiculous, flu shots do not make people sick. Every time I've gotten one, I get sick.

I'ts probably a plot.

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