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13 October 2015 00:32 - "Prepare for a second from now"
rosefox: A severed head saying "Thanks.. I needed that". (relief)
My last flu shot was in 2008. I fainted. It's the only time I've ever fainted. I was only out for a few seconds, but the doctor freaked out and called an ambulance and the ambulance took me to the hospital. The entire experience was not what I would call positive.

My doctors since then have generally agreed that I should avoid getting flu shots if possible. My anxiety around them is almost as debilitating as the flu would be, and I'm not in a high-risk demographic. However, this year I'm living with a pregnant person, and will soon be living with a tiny newborn baby, and they are in a very high-risk demographic. So I geared myself up and went to the nearby walk-in clinic, figuring they'd have very experienced staff who basically do this all day.

I was so, so, so anxious. I'd made sure to eat solid food and take taurine, but I was still really jittery. Unfortunately/hilariously, X, who had come along to hold my hand, contracted anxiety from me and started feeling dizzy; they had to go lie down in a separate room while I had it done. On the bright side, that both distracted me and put me in a "must be strong and stalwart for this other person" mindset.

The jab itself was nothing. One, two, three, done. "That's it?" I said, the way I say it after every single shot or blood draw I get.

Once it was done, X came back in to keep me company. I lay there for a while and then I sat up and drank some water, and that was fine, so I stood up, and that was fine too. I never even got dizzy at all. We went around the corner to get me a hot chocolate because a) protein and sugar yay and b) good to stay near the clinic for a few extra minutes just in case. I continued to feel fine. We came home and I was fine. I continue to be fine.

Lessons learned:

1) Get flu shots at a clinic with calm, sensible nurses instead of going to a nervous doctor.

2) Being professionally stabbed is never anything like as bad as I think it's going to be.
 
13 October 2015 23:18
hakamadare: Star of Life logo (ems)
i'm glad you continue to be fine :)

based on reading your other post linked above, it sounds like the physical process of injection is the part that you really don't like. have you ever talked with your physician about getting your flu vaccine delivered intranasally?

i've had it done; it feels like using nasal spray, there's a sudden burst of coldness in the nostril, and then a brief feeling of having a runny nose. the vaccine you get is the so-called attenuated influenza vaccine (made from, essentially, an influenza culture that has been altered such that it cannot infect a person with an otherwise healthy immune system, as i understand it).
14 October 2015 02:12
rosefox: Green books on library shelves. (Default)
I have considered that, but I use two kinds of nasal spray (steroid and antihistamine) to control allergies, and it's not clear how long I'd have to discontinue those before getting the Flumist. And it's usually not available widely, or until fairly late in the season. And the attenuated virus is more risky for e.g. pregnant people. So it just wasn't an option this year.
14 October 2015 00:30
sterlinglikesilver: (Default)
I so relate to this. Go you.
14 October 2015 02:12
rosefox: Green books on library shelves. (Default)
Thank you. :)
14 October 2015 21:36
ailbhe: (Default)
*applause*
14 October 2015 21:38
rosefox: Green books on library shelves. (Default)
Thank you. :)
19 October 2015 04:50
metaphortunate: (Default)
That's kind of hilarious. Glad it went well, relatively.
19 October 2015 04:52
rosefox: Green books on library shelves. (Default)
Oh yes, we were laughing ruefully by the time we left the clinic. And then I didn't get a fever or sniffles or even much of an achy arm!
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