Waimea Valley, Oahu.
I have been feeling under the weather lately. I guess it’s the flu (vomiting, diarrhea, fever, muscle ache). This is the first time in years that I have had the flu, so I have been lucky. I caught it from David, who was sick a week ago. Neither of us gets the annual flu vaccination, because we don’t believe in it. If we can get away with symptoms that disappear in a day or two, we prefer to eschew the flu shot.
However, I might request the pneumonia vaccine when I see my internist next month. Pneumonia is something I don’t want to risk having, as it could be fatal.
Last year, we received the shingles vaccine. It’s 50% effective, but symptoms are milder with the vaccine than without it. We know people who have contracted shingles, and they say it’s very painful.
Prior to our trip to India in 2012, we both received the Hepatitis A-B vaccine.
A side-effect of having the flu is getting lots of sleep. As I tend to sleep only 4-6 hours a night, my body and brain crave sleep. When I get sick, I sleep more. Studies have shown that 7-9 hours is optimal.
I am feeling better, now. I wish you all the best of health.