So today I got a flu shot. My company offers them for free on site so I figured why not.
This is the first year I’ve had a flu shot. Mostly I was just never really worried, plus one year Nate got one and then was still laid out for a week with the flu, so it didn’t look especially helpful to me.
Mostly I just didn’t want to get a shot. I’m not sure why, but the thought of getting a shot really did not sit well with me. Having blood drawn at the doctor’s office? No problem. Donating blood? No problem. Having someone stick a needle in my arm for a flu shot? Big problem! So I waffled for a while and eventually decided to suck it up and get the stupid shot.
Fortunately I was wearing a tank top under my button down shirt today, because the sleeves on my shirt could not roll up high enough for them to get to that part of my arm. I was not very well prepared. I also had to sit down there and be observed for a few minutes after the shot, I guess to make sure I didn’t have a bad reaction to it. The most common side effect listed was “a sore arm” which is kind of a given considering the part where they stick a needle into your arm.
Also, surprisingly, it didn’t hurt. Well, it hurt a little. But it didn’t hurt nearly as much as I had built it up in my head to hurt. I guess it never does. My least favorite part about giving blood is the part where they prick your finger to test your iron. I hate it. It rarely hurts, but for some reason I dread that part the most. Again, the part where they put the big needle in my arm to draw the blood? Not a problem. Tiny needle to get a drop of blood to test my iron? Big problem!
So anyways, the good news is I had the shot, I probably wouldn’t have gotten the flu anyways, and now my arm is sore.
And it’s still raining today which really just makes everything fine. So far we’ve probably had 2 inches, even though we’d need 15 to end the drought. So 2 down, 13 to go!