Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Flu season

Well. Here we go again. Another post. Sorry it's been taking me so long. Computer issues. And personal issues. Starting with the teeth. I got my wisdom teeth pulled. Was it as bad as I thought?? Well, I couldn't really say becaue I don't remember much after the IV started pumping Fentanyl,Valium and Madazolam into my veins. I remember laying down and listening to the radio, a nice cocktail of drugs swimming in my system and the song playing on the radio "Somethings got to go wrong cuz I'm feeling too damn good." And the next thing I knew, I woke up with a sore jaw and a bloody mouth.
Slightly reminiscent of high school.
Just kidding.
No after that, I went home where I was prescribed Percocet. I was told to take 1-2 tabs every four to six hours as needed. So at first I was all conservative like "I'll just take one every six hours" but then a few hours later I was like "Screw one, I'm taking two. And screw six hours. I mean, why wait??" But then you start to watch the clock, waiting for the next dose, and you start taking it earlier and earlier until before you know it you are buying it off the street off an edgy toothless guy who calls himself Mo. And then you're shooting it up, chasing the high, and prostituting yourself to pay your debts to Mo, who has also become your pimp and abusive lover.
That didn't actually happen to me. But it did happen to a girl I saw on Intervention. Sad story really. No I actually am doing fine. I did not become addicted to it. I went down to Advil after about four days and then after a week or so was back to business as usual.

Business as usual for me right now is flu season. I've been giving a lot of flu shots, and it's been fun. So far. Ask me after needle one thousand. People have told me that I give good needles and I take a certain amount of pride in that. I'm like "Some people say I'm the best they've ever had" and then I have to laugh. That's probably the only context that I'll ever hear that particular sentence.
But. Everyones good at something.
Anyways. I'm still pretty modest about the whole needle thing, because I've also heard "OH MY GOD, that's the worst it's EVER HURT, I think my freaking arm is going numb, WHAT DID YOU DO TO ME??!!" And it's interesting really because when I was a beginner nurse I was so nice and sweet and I'd be like "Oh, no, I'm so sorry, I just feel terrible. Can I put a warm compress on it for you?" And now, five years later, I'm like "Suck it up Buttercup. See ya, wouldn't wanna be ya."
Well. I've never actually said that to a person. Not in so many words anyways.

But people have been asking me for my take on the whole H1N1 thing and my advice is that I strongly believe in getting vaccinated. There is a certain amount of hysteria out there, but there is also a certain amount of risk that is real and should not be ignored. I have already recieved my vaccine, and I absolutely plan on immunizing my children, no ands, ifs or buts. In a young child a severe case could quite quickly become very serious and I would hate to see my children suffer through something that is almost entirely preventable. I have read through the information on the vaccine. I feel comfortable with what I have read. I feel that for me and my family, the benefits outweigh the risks. I will leave it up to each individual to make up thier own minds about it, though.
Anyways that is all for now.
Have a good day.

5 comments:

Lorrie said...

FINALLY! Okay, first I want to know...WHO are these people you are giving the shot to??????????? I thought it didn't start 'till Nov. 9...do these people have an in...do you have a secret supply stashed in your closet because be warned...I WILL break in and steal it.
Just found out I don't get mine 'till mid-November because of the special batch they're mixing just for me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Nadine said...

Thanks for your thoughts, hopefully you won't have the issues we may be facing here for the H1N1 vaccinations. It's insane, though hopefully it will start to slow down asap!!
I'm glad you are well from your wisom teeth being pulled. How's the rest of the family?
Wow Lorrie, you must have an in being Randi's sister in law...a special batch just for you...how lucky;)!
Anyhoo, I can't bloody well believe that I'm still up....I'll be hurting tomorrow. Isn't that lame how now I am hurting the next day from being up late, where before it was from a lot of the booze! (I would say we, but I don't want to speak for you)
Take care!!!

n.straker said...

You are the funniest person I have ever read...actually... it is probably me, because I do this voice when I read your words, and I've got to say that I bring a little jinasayqu (may have misspelled that). Anyhoo...keep on writing, and I'll keep on reading. Maybe, I get bored really easily!

randine said...

Hello Nikki, glad you're back. I think the term you're looking for is je ne sait quoi, which is I believe a french term for "I don't know what" which is in reference to a certain illusive quality. Not that I want to try to correct everyone or anything, unlike some other people who comment on this blog, who shall remain nameless but have the initials LS.
Perhaps sometime you can do the voice for me. I hope it is not as annoying as Jenns Mason voice. If it's anything at all like that, I want you to cease and dessist the voice. Please and thank you.

Lorrie said...

Although I'm NOT the LS you are referring to I will point out that it'd be "Jenn's" when referring to the 'voice'...otherwise, that shiat don't make no sense. Again, not the LS in question.