February 3, 2006

What to do when you have the flu?

Read "Churchill: Visionary. Statesman. Historian." or watch a lot of episodes of "Project Runway"? Oscar's experience:
I would read a page or two of Churchill, drift into a doze for an hour or two, read another page, doze, etc. Okay, so I basically spent most of the day sleeping.

But by evening, I felt pretty much awake. Not clearheaded "Visionary. Statesman. Historian" awake, but sufficiently awake to watch four solid hours of back-to-back episodes of Project Runway. Even though I haven't liked any of his designs, I find myself inexorably drawn to Santino Rice...
Uh oh, he sounds really sick! Go over there and read the whole thing. It includes an explanation of why he doesn't get flu shots, which I agree with.

UPDATE: I wonder if there are any book titles with more punctuation than that Churchill book. Three periods and a colon? Also, how can a lawprof hold onto his pseudonymous personality and blog about having the flu during the semester?

12 comments:

Goesh said...

What to do when you have the flu?

suffer, or use it for a lame excuse to stay home from work and read books and have fun and share it with the world. Who in the heck wants to read what somebody did when they were supposed to be sick? I'd rather watch a wino peeing in an alley. I should be home in bed, can't you tell?

PatCA said...

My doctor advises me to get flu shots because I have bad allergies and the shots actually cause a big immune resonse that is protective against lots of stuff.

Didn't get one this year. Made it to February okay. Am now sick. Going to doctor in an hour.

knoxgirl said...

I got flu shots about three years in a row in the late 90s and they NEVER worked. Excercise seems to be the only thing that keeps me from getting sick.

(OT: You need to read TVgasms recaps of PR if you're not already... they are consistently hilarious.)

Jan said...

Don't be silly, of course flu shots work. They aren't perfect, but they are largely effective. The vaccine makers get together in advance of making the shots to determine what strains to include. And they usually get it right. They don't simply use "last year's flu". Lots of people get other, flu-like, non-influenza viruses after they have had a flu shot, then say that the shot "didn't work". They are wrong.

Jillene said...

The Flu shot...is not based on last years flu virus. It is based on an educated guess of what scientist believe is going to be the major types of virus (there are usually 2 or 3 parts of the virus). The flu shot does not prevent you from getting the flu. It keeps elderly people, young children and chronically ill people from getting the flu and subsequentely ending up in the hospital with pneumonia and then death. The flu shot is not for the "stomach" flu, that is a different virus. Healthy people are excellent reserviors for the flu virus, even if we don't get sick. Hence, we want to vaccinate nearly everyone. But if you don't ever come in contact with children, elderly, chronically ill persons (yes, this includes diabetics), or are allergic to eggs you are in the clear. Otherwise, buck up! It doesn't hurt and it will keep you grandma and your pediatric neighbors alive and well.

Aspasia M. said...

As a teenager I became sick with the flu four times over winter break. Then I contracted pneumonia after working as a camp counselor during the summer! After that my parents insisted that I get the flu shot every year.

The shot doesn't hurt and it's fairly effective for a short ammount of time. It takes a couple weeks for your body to build up full immunity.

The shot doesn't protect against bad colds, which I have notice that people often mistake for the flu. If one is not running a temperature of at least 102 degrees, it's not the flu.

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Jennifer said...

Okay now i'm sick. Thanks, Sippican.

me said...

Me too. Ick!!! :)

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Ann Althouse said...

I've only ever had the flu once and I've only gotten a flu shot once (when President Ford insisted on it).

SuperPatriotOhYeah said...

Also, how can a lawprof hold onto his pseudonymous personality and blog about having the flu during the semester

Because weblogs are a sufficiently obscure medium that it is extremely unlikely that a "lawprof's" students are reading it.

Though if they were, they might be irked to find one blogging about putting off grading their exams after the next semester has started.