Friday, November 6, 2009

This is what I get

A day or so after posting the preceding videos on anti-vax hysteria, my son came down with the flu.

I got my flu shot a couple of weeks ago. I highly recommend the pharmacist at the Gardena Vons. The injection didn't leave my arm sore, probably for the first time since getting flu shots. She said the key was relaxing the arm as much as possible while getting the injection.

I couldn't convince my son to get his shot at the time; he whined that it would hurt, and he fussed about it - yes, fussed, and yes, he's 13.

Yesterday he told me he will get a shot next time because he hates feeling lousy. I don't understand why he hates getting sick because around here, behaving like an invalid gets you the royal treatment...'mom, hand me the remote....mom, fix my blanket.....mom, can I have some tangerine juice?....mom, can I have a bowl of udon....mom, bring me another pillow, more kleenex, hot tea, another motrin....' My mother in law got in on the act and delivered a lovely homemade chicken soup to her feverish bambino.

The royal treatment is for the men in the house only - when I'm sick, I'm on my own.

Upon careful consideration, being healthy isn't all it's cracked up to be. I mean, if you never get sick, you never get to experience a healthy dose of tender loving care.

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