Thursday, December 3, 2020

First time for flu shot

JUST GOT BACK from my annual physical at Quincy Medical Group with Dr. Rick Noble. I trust my doctor. Rick has been a huge help in my life and I value his advice and care.

I got a flu shot for the first time in my 56 years. I normally get a mild case of the flu once or twice a year and it's no big deal. But last February I really had a nasty case and eventually got a steroid shot. I started feeling better immediately. But I'd rather not go that route again.

So, I got the shot. Some claim it doesn't work and just makes you feel worse. Sheryl felt that way for years but decided that this year she would get the flu and the pneumonia shot to help boost her immune system. With COVID even her minor stubbornness has been changed.

We also talked about antibodies. Since I'm recovered from Covid, save for minor fatigue issues, I'm being tested for antibodies. They are formed by the body to fight off the virus and stay in your system for a time. The latest CDC research indicates they are seeing people with Covid antibodies up to eight months later. 

The most interesting thing to me is Dr. Noble saying they are learning things all the time and stuff changes all the time with Covid awareness. And yes, most people who get it will be fine. But we are still hearing about supposedly healthy people getting the virus and having serious issues. Right at Blessing Hospital, a man I know was just put on a ventilator and is fighting for his life, because of Covid.

I'm still wearing a mask, washing my hands, staying socially distancing. My guitar students are now 12 feet away and lessons are given in the big back room at the store. We are seeing a light at the end of the tunnel with vaccines being approved, but we can't let our guards down. We still encounter people coming into the store without masks who "thought all that nonsense was over with." And, as previously mentioned, we have no patience for that ignorance. 

I had some blood drawn and I'm waiting to hear what my anti-body count is. If it's strong, I will consider donating blood and plasma, because it's desperately needed. Even in the year of a pandemic donating your antibodies is a good thing you can do for your community health

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