Winter approaches with a chilly embrace and another needle in the arm, “Hello young man” “Hello doctor”. “Have you had your flu jab yet?” “No doctor” “Right let’s get it over and done with roll up your sleeve”……….
Last year I had a bit of a reaction from the injection and was hopeful this time for a healthy winter. However, a few days after stepping off the plane I succumbed to a most unpleasant set of symptoms starting with severe diarrhea and I do mean severe. Add to this a headache that felt as if my brain had come loose inside my head and a high fever thrown in for good measure, get the picture?
I couldn’t lie down, stand up or sit in comfort everywhere ached and the toilet seemed to get further and further away. It got that bad I was considering wearing a nappy. For two days nothing passed my lips. On the third day I tried some water but gave up, look out bum was the expression I would have used. However, later that day I tried a little Pepsi just a couple of mouthfuls but it felt really good. I have survived on Pepsi and Sprite for five days now, at this moment in time I am trying yoghurt.
Now I am a stocky fellow, some might even say chubby so I can afford to lose a pound or two. Now my hydration level is usually pretty high not all alcohol, plenty of fruit juice and soft drinks. But consider this, if I was a little old lady living on my own there is a strong possibility that I would be dead now. Of course it’s always possible that the flu jab had nothing to do with this illness…..but my wife is not ill she did’nt have the flu jab. I wonder if they are trying a new way of bumping off us oldies? I think that survival is on the agenda now, so no more flu jabs.
(c) Michael Douglas Bosc