This was a major step for yours truly. Eighteen years ago, the year I got bacterial meningitis, was the only year I had ever gotten a flu shot. I know it had nothing to do with the meningitis, but I've had a huge mental block about flu shots since, and understandably so.
But this this year the flu is raging and I have been so leary of getting sick. I've stayed home the past few weeks, only venturing out a few times, and it's ridiculous. I blogged about getting the shot days ago, and I still didn't do it. But we're going to be out this weekend, and next weekend, and hopefully next week, so I just sucked it up, went to the grocery store pharmacy and did it!
The pharmacist was administering the shot, and I'm telling him that I don't even feel it. "It's because I haven't done it yet," he said. And then he says "damn." It's a bit concerning when the pharmacist curses, and when I asked why, he said he was just frustrated because the plunger wouldn't go into my arm. But then I felt a sting, and the deed was done!
But you know what, I had zero symptoms afterwards. I didn't feel bad, my arm wasn't even sore, it was painless. Had I not felt the sting, I would have sworn I didn't really get a shot.
And now I'm protected, well as much as I can be, so I'm going out and enjoy my life.
But I didn't get a sucker, and I think I should have! He didn't even ask if I wanted one. *sigh*