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Last year, when I was pregnant, I signed up for a flu shot through my employer. I put a note on the form saying I was pregnant and could you make sure to provide the shot for pregnant women instead of the standard shot, please. I got to my appointment with the Public Health Nurse and she didn’t have it. So I didn’t get the shot.

I’m fairly certain I got the flu. It was miserable. Darren was about 10 minutes away from hauling me to emerg when my fever broke. I missed over a week of work.

Last week, Darren had some sort of illness and didn’t go to work. He had all the symptoms of the H1N1 flu. The Poptart and I seem to have escaped it.

So on Monday, I go to the doctor to get my H1N1 and seasonal flu shots. I fall into one of those priority categories at the moment – a caregiver of a child under 6 months of age. The Poptart will be 6 months old on November 17.  On November 24, she gets her 6 month needles.

And therein lies the issue. The original thought was that I would get the flu vaccines, produce antibodies (hopefully) and pass them on to the Poptart by breastfeeding.

Well, it seems the antibodies don’t transfer well through breastfeeding. And its only 80% effective; I may be part of the 20% of the population that doesn’t react to the vaccine.

So we’re leaning towards delaying the 6 month vaccines and getting her an H1N1 vaccine instead, and possibly a seasonal flu vaccine as well.

Leaning. Not 100% convinced yet. Mainly because we don’t understand what happens at the 6 month mark that suddenly makes this vaccine okay for babies.

So questions for the doctor on Monday:

  • should she get the H1N1 vaccine? should she get the seasonal flu vaccine?
  • should we postpone the 6 month needles to give her the flu vaccine(s)?
  • What happens at 6 months that makes the vaccine okay?

On the one hand, I’m kind of leery of giving her more needles than what she needs. On the other hand, I’d feel really terrible and guilty if she got sick and I didn’t do everything I could to protect her.

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Tuesday

Posted on: April 22, 2008

  • In: 42 | Health
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 It is 7:19 a.m. Thus far today, I have

  • had three cups of coffee
  • called in sick to work
  • taken Darren to the train
  • put the dishwasher on
  • had a bowl of Cheerios

Seriously, folks, this is more than I usually get done in an entire day. Except for the coffee.

I have contracted some sort of Creeping Crud, which is knocking me out. I feel okay, but tired so long as I’m sitting down, but when I get up my head spins and my vision starts getting black around the edges so I sit down again. The dizziness passes eventually, but the feeling like I’m going to fall over is just not cool. So I think a day of bad daytime television is in order to get rid of this fuzzy-headedness.

And its now later because I am easily distracted today. Like when I was outside talking to Darren and a squirrel ran by. The conversation then turned to how the new neighbour’s cat has been wandering around and we have no more rats running by (we live across the road from the river, so its normal to have rats scurrying around).

In other news, today is Earth Day. I plan to support it by only going to the Post Office to pick up the books I ordered.

Oh and this; something to think about when it comes to retirement:

Retirement Planning

If you had purchased $1000.00 of Nortel stock one year ago, it would now be worth $49.00.

With Enron, you would have had $16.50 left of the original $1000.00.

With WorldCom, you would have had less than $5.00 left.

If you had purchased $1000 of Delta Air Lines stock you would have $49.00 left.

But, if you had purchased $1,000.00 worth of beer/wine
one year ago, drank all the beer/wine, then turned in the cans/bottles for the aluminium recycling REFUND, you would have had $214.00.

Based on the above, the best current investment advice is to Drink heavily and recycle.


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