I Depend On The Kindness Of Strangers . . .

We only got down to about 30° last  night, much better than yesterday’s 23. And it finally made it into the 40’s today.

And as of yesterday there was snow on the ground in all 50 states.

Jan continues to feel good, with absolutely no pain whatsoever as a result of her lithotripsy. Hopefully that will continue. Now she just needs to get all her stamina back.

About 3pm I went outside and reconnected us to shore water. Even though it had been in the 40’s for a while I still had icicles hanging off the rig. I also turned off the heat lamp but left it in the bay since we almost certainly have more cold weather to come.

I finally got tired of cleaning calcium buildup and debris out of the flow restrictor in our Oxygenics shower head.

Oxygenics Shower Head

This low pressure problem was recently aggravated by using the rig water system the last couple of days, so I took care of the problem permanently. I took my drill and drilled the offending disk out.

Oxygenics Restrictor

No more problems now and the water pressure is great.

This year’s flu is looking worse and worse, especially since this year’s vaccine is said to be only about 10% effective against the N3N2 version that’s causing all the problems. However some authorities say it might be effective as much as 30% of the time. And it MIGHT make the symptoms of the other flus less. Oh Boy!

I have not had a flu shot since 1965-66, and I don’t plan to ever have another one. Jan got them regularly when she was working at area hospitals (it was required), and occasionally since then.

When Jan was in the hospital recently, her doctor asked me if she had had a flu shot this year and I said No. So he ask if she wanted to get one while she was in the hospital and I again said No, especially since it wasn’t very effective this year,

He nodded his head and said that he was hearing that from a lot of people this year.

In fact I’ve only had two flu shots in my life, the one in the winter of 65-66 and the winter before, in 64-65. And the reason I had those two was that I didn’t have choice either. I was attending Columbia Military Academy and it was required.

After the first one I was so sick that I missed classes for four days. But the next year I didn’t fare nearly as well. I was in the hospital for almost two weeks. And based on that history the doctor told me that if I ever got another one it might possibly kill me.

So you tell me, would you take that chance?

So as I tell everyone, I depend on the kindness of strangers. If EVERYONE else gets vaccinated like they’re supposed to, then I won’t have to worry about the flu because there will be no one for me to catch it from.

So you all know what you have to do.

The Word of the Day is:

Thought for the Day:

Said someone’s grandma.

Petting Zoo


3 Responses to I Depend On The Kindness Of Strangers . . .

  1. Elizabeth says:

    I totally agree with you Greg on the shots…but I too have to do what you do…I cannot afford to be any more sick than I already am!!  Hubby had his liver permanently damaged from the last one he had years ago.  No thanks…I work hard trying to keep my liver working well enough.  I understand in China doctors only get paid if the patient gets well.  Sounds good to me!!  We would sure have a lot more money if we had never had to go to doctors!!  WAY MORE!!  We are not sue happy either, which for them is a good thing as we have had PLENTY of times we certainly could have done so and WON!! Besides Greg…why are they the only ones allowed to practice medicine on our bodies (the only real home we truly have)?? We ought to be able to do some practicing ourselves.  Yes, we do need them for surgery…no doubt on that one…but they delve into things a bit more than they should.

    Just lost another dear friend I learned tonight…yep they punctured her colon during a colonoscopy…yep…it got her!! Her hubby is a retired lawyer…sure hope he at least gets some money out of that!! Won’t replace her…but might be useful.

  2. Linda in NE says:

    I don’t get the flu shot either, and never have. Also have never had the flu….well maybe a mild stomach flu, but that’s it. I’ve seen too many people get really sick after getting the shot. The “experts” claim it isn’t the shot’s fault, but I don’t believe that.

  3. I never get a flu shot either. The last time I had the flu was in 1975. I was pregnant with my youngest daughter. I remember laying on a twin size mattress that I put on the floor in the living room, with my two children, who were also sick. I was so sick and so miserable that I just laid there on the floor for days. I hope I never get it again. And just thinking about how sick I was that last time makes me never want to get a shot either.

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