I had another "I'm Officially Old" event today. I got my shingles shot...
I had been thinking of it for a few years, but I figured I would have it when I visited my regular Dr for an annual physical. Only I keep not doing that. The Dr I last visited left the area and I just keep not finding another.
Part of the problem is that I am, as my friends say, "disgustingly healthy". I haven't had a cold or flu since I was 12. And even then, while my brother lay sounding like he was dying of flu, I was only mildly annoyed. I even had to heat the thermometer over the heat vent to get it high enough to stay out of school an extra day.
I only got my first flu shot when Dad was living here in 2012 because I read that you can be infected but not show signs of it yourself, but can infect other, and I didn'r want to kill Dad inadvertantly, so I got a flu shot.
I got it at the local grocery store. The shot was so good I couldn't even tell he had done it without looking. The same in Dec 2013. Dad had moved to an assisted-living facility by then, but I decided I should probably get the annual flu shot for the safety of others.
So I got the flu shot again this year and probably will each year for the rest of my life. Not so much for me, but in case I can carry it without symptoms, getting the shot seems socially responsible.
No pain, $30, no big deal and I get a 10% off coupon for the days shopping.
This year, I got the shingles shot. Its not covered by my (or darn near any)insurance, but it seems to be something that attacks 1 of 3 people my age who had chicken pox as a child (and I did). Mom had it and it drove her crazy for weeks several times. So I sure didn't want to go through that.
I actually felt the shot! The previous flu shots were nearly undetectable, but I felt the shingles one. The Pharmacist said it the larger amount of injection. Well, 1 second of mild "ouch" isn't much to complain about. It was just that I was surprized.
The Pharmacist insisted on putting bandages over the injection sites "because they bleed. I told him not to bother because I heal oddly fast. But he had to according to "the rules". I took them of as soon as I got home and there wasn't the least drop of blood on them.
They never believe me about not bleeding, but I don't fight about it. If it makes them happy to put a bandage on, fine.
I probably don't need the flu or shingles shots for myself. They are both viruses and I seem to be immune to viral infections and colds. Maybe I should contact a testing experiment. I suspect that because I spent 30 years in carpools with young mothers who both had sick kids AND went to work when they were sick themselves.
If I can't get sick around sick carpool members an hour each way in an enclosed car while the sneeze (and sometimes did worse), I probably can't get sick.
Not to say something new coming along wouldn't kill me next month...
I think it is genetics. Ancestors from all over Europe, into North America (Canada and US and likely some Native American). Wish I had a bit of Asian ancestry too. Viruses aren't going to kill me; smoking will...
Bet I catch something awful just because I've mentioned all this...