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Friday, October 12, 2007

This Won't Hurt A Bit

Unless you were the one getting stuck in the arm with a needle! That's right, folks, roll up your sleeves and say ouch: it's flu shot time! My doctor (in the photo) was kind enough to make a housecall today, as getting in and out of my van for something so quick is a bit of a hassle.

For those of us with Duchenne's, getting an annual influenza vaccine is a must. Getting the flu could lead to life-threatening pneumonia because the muscles we use to breathe are too weak to cough up secretions (mucus). I have never developed pneumonia (knock on wood), thanks in part to the flu shot and also because my doctor is quick to prescribe antibiotics when I get a cold. Antibiotics won't cure a cold, but can prevent a secondary infection that could lead to pneumonia.

The shot didn't really hurt today (thanks, doc), but I know I'll get the usual aches later from the vaccine. Certainly better than getting the flu, though. The only thing I had to remember was to get the shot in my right arm. I used to be concerned that would impact my ability to drive my wheelchair (it doesn't). However, getting the shot in the left arm is worse because I get rolled onto my left side when I'm in bed.

Anyway, get your flu shots, people. And don't even think of poking me in the arm, or you'll get a sore foot, too!


JDP said...

Thanks for reminding me, I need to call and see about getting my flu shot.


Josh Winheld said...


Welcome to Winheld's World. Glad I was able to help, even if it meant going through a bit of pain myself! Best wishes for a flu-free season and thanks for reading.