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Flu Shot? October 18, 2011

Posted by Retired Geezer in Art, Entertainment.

Mrs. Geezer has never had a flu shot, I can’t remember if I’ve ever had one.

Neither of us get sick very often.

What do y’all recommend?

Here’s a wicked looking seed pod that Lauraw correctly identified as Jimson Weed. It has nothing to do with getting a Flu Shot. I was thinking of planting it for the purty flowers but a quick search convinced me otherwise. Just about all parts of it are poison.


1. Lipstick - October 19, 2011

Any time I’ve had a flu shot I have gotten the flu. Same with Mr. L.

Everybody is really pushing it, from Walgreens to the ER.

“Would you like a flu shot?”

“No, I’d like my chest pains looked at thankyouverymuch”

2. BrewFan - October 19, 2011

I try to get one every year and in the years I miss I usually regret not getting one but I can see how YMMV.

3. lauraw - October 19, 2011

There’s some funny story about how during the Revolutionary War, an encampment of British soldiers used some jimsonweed as a potherb.

If by ‘funny’ you mean, ‘had delirium and hallucinacions and freakyshit happened and some of them died, IIRC.’

Every few years around here some kids have to be hospitalized because they smoke the seeds as a drug.

4. Dave in Texas - October 19, 2011

I’ve taken flu shots pretty consistently over the past 20 years. Sometimes I get a day or so of mild symptoms, and I’m sure there were years when they missed the prediction and the serum was for a differernt strain that ran around. There’s also timing, the vaccine needs weeks to be effective, and it doesn’t last forever, so if your exposure is outside that window, you still get flu.

One benefit, they always include H1N1, which over years builds an immunity to the swine variant, so when that went around a couple years ago it amounted to just a few days of cold symptoms for me.

I missed a flu shot last year, and had the worst week and a half of flu I can remember. It sucked.

That alone was enough to make me take one this year, just a few days ago.

*packs a blunt with jimsonweed and soaks it in formaldehyde.

5. B.O.Obama - October 19, 2011

Give the jimsonweed the flu shot. If that doesn’t work give the jimsonweed more flu shots. I am brilliant, aren’t I!

6. skinbad - October 19, 2011

My workplace makes it convenient (and free) to get the shot so I most always do. My complex thought process is that the more of that crap I put in my body, the more immunities I’ll have.

I’m deep like that.

7. skinbad - October 19, 2011

That pic sort of looks like a horse chestnut pod with a brain in it. Spooky.

8. joe buzz - October 19, 2011

Jimsonweed…or “the devils weed” (datura inoxia) is virtually the only plant you will see growing in a pig pen. They will not touch it. Whatever you do, do not partake of a tea from the dried seed, roots or stems. I know a dude that drank from a mason jar of it that was being passed around a party one Friday night. When he came to his senses two days later he was standing on a street corner in his underwear….with no recollection of what had transpired since shortly after taking the spot of tea…
Unless you are into such.

9. Retired Geezer - October 19, 2011

I figured that there would be some division on the ones that do and the ones that don’t.
Skinbad’s reason is a good one. I remember reading a funny article about a person who ate drank and breathed only pure things. They never built up any immunity to common bacteria and were consequently sick.

FYI, the little pink seeds in the photo are, according to my personal Trainer Botanist, Lauraw, “Kiss Me Over The Garden Gate” seeds. I got them from a neighbor and we’re definitely going to plant them next spring.
I learned that the seeds need to spend the winter in a cold place, to germinate properly.
So I’m sending them to Alaska.

10. skinbad - October 19, 2011

Yea, I read something like it as well. Speculation that more kids develop allergies to things because they aren’t allowed to play in the dirt, mom keeps wiping everything they touch with anti-bacterial wipes, etc.

11. The Lovely Janis - October 19, 2011

Moses plays in the dirt at home and at the farm!!! And lucky for us -since he was a preemie– he is a pretty healthy kid!!!

12. sandy burger - October 19, 2011

Speculation that more kids develop allergies to things because they aren’t allowed to play in the dirt, mom keeps wiping everything they touch with anti-bacterial wipes, etc.

It’s called the “hygiene hypothesis”. I guess without enough real enemies to fight against, the immune system starts attacking things it shouldn’t be attacking. Which is why you should never ever bathe, no matter how bad you smell.

13. Dave in Texas - October 19, 2011


14. Retired Geezer - October 19, 2011

Which is why you should never ever bathe, no matter how bad you smell.

*pencils Sandy in as potential Life Coach*

15. Nan G - October 19, 2011

I used to take the flu shots when I took care of my mom who was very ill.
Hubby didn’t get the shots.
Neither he nor I got sick over those 7 years.
After my mom died I stopped taking the shots.
Neither of us has gotten sick with the flu over these past 13 years.
I think we are more careful than many about hand washing.
We also avoid crowds when we can.

16. Anonymous - October 19, 2011

I served in the USN prior to and after the first Gulf War. I don’t know what they stuck us with. If I get the flu shot I have the flu and an upper respiratory infection for about two weeks. If I don’t get a flu shot I don’t catch anything. Other veterans of the same era say the same thing.

17. Retired Geezer - October 19, 2011

Ya avoiding crowds is smart. We also never use public drinking fountains and try to be the first people in the door when Souper Salad ™ opens.

18. Russ from Winterset - October 19, 2011

I’ve gotten the flu shot the last 3 years I’ve been working at the dealership, because our HR department has the public health nurse come in and give us the shots for free.

That’s pretty much it. Free. Hell, I’m so cheap I’d probabl drive a Yugo if it were free.

(not on the interstate, mind you. “Yugo Bob” from college taught me that valuable lesson – NEVER take your Yugo on a busy interstate)

19. Michael - October 19, 2011

I never take flu shots, and never get the flu.

I also never wash my hands.


20. Retired Geezer - October 19, 2011


Have you ever driven a ‘Yugo’ on a Freeway?

*prepares to plot intersecting points on a graph*

21. kevl - October 20, 2011

I’ve never had a flu shot. Never had the flu either that I can recall.
It’s just another thing Michael and I share in common.

22. Lipstick - October 20, 2011

I have not got a cold in years. It may be related to the fact that every time I return to the house after errands/shopping, I wash my hands.

23. Anonymous - October 20, 2011

Neither have I, Lips. I’ll get the sniffles now or icky sinuses, but I’ve not had a full on cold in years.
I also think it’s related to the fact that I get lots of SLEEP.

24. BrewFan - October 20, 2011

I also never wash my hands.

Doesn’t that tarnish the keys on your clarinet?

25. daveintexas - October 20, 2011

>> Never had the flu either that I can recall

You would recall it.

I’m kind of a nazi at work, if I see an obviously sick person hacking and coughing, I send them home.

I can do that now.

26. sandy burger - October 21, 2011

if I see an obviously sick person hacking and coughing, I send them home.

I am completely baffled by co-workers who make themselves work even when they’re sick.

In some cases, it seems to be due to a misplaced sense of self-importance. But buddy, the company will somehow stay in business if you’re out a few days. Or it’s coming from a misplaced sense of urgency. But seriously, if somebody being sick once is gonna put us out of business, then maybe this company deserves to fail.

I don’t know, I don’t really get it. I can barely make myself go to work even when I’m perfectly healthy.

27. lauraw - October 21, 2011

When they come into my store obviously suffering badly, I eye-dagger the shit out of them. I don’t have employees and really can’t afford to get sick.

One time, this guy I hadn’t seen for a while came in looking like absolute SHIT. I eyeballed him and asked him how he was doing.

He had PNEUMONIA. I swear to God, if I had had a baseball bat handy, I would have rapped his brain down between his shoulder blades.

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