Friday, 16 October 2020

ODDS & SODS, BIT'S AND BOB'S & A DILEMMA ..........



OK, I'm at a loss to know just what to write about ! I promised myself that I would blog more but there's just nothing very interesting going on that you would be interested in !


I cleaned out under the stairs today .... woohoo !!!


I found our daughters inline skates ! They are nearly thirty years old !! There were old trays, bubble wrap and enough coats to clothe the street !

I bought a yew ball for the urn in our garden ..... I prefer Box but it would only have got box blight or the caterpiller thing so I thought the Yew was a better bet seeing as they cost a packet !
Now for the dilemma ..........


Do you remember when I did this ? It was a couple of years ago ..... I went to see Nik Kershaw with my oldest friend and stayed at her house. After the concert, we talked into the small hours { only one glass of wine had been consumed } I woke up at 7.00 am with the most awful stomach ache so went to the bathroom. The next thing I knew, I had passed out, been sick and had fallen off of the toilet, knickers round my ankles, head in sick !! Good job I know my friend well and that she is a nurse. Here's my problem .... the day before, I had had my first flu jab. I now don't really want to have the flu injection but, because of Covid, it is recommended. I have asked many pharmacists and they are all against it. 
Would you have another flu jab if you were me ? 
Hope the photograph of my bruised face hasn't put you off your breakfast/lunch/dinner. 
 
XXXX



image 1: via rover.ebay, image 2: via thoughtco, images 3 & 4: via me


Jackie




30 comments:

  1. Ask your doctor if having the flu shot caused the blackout...maybe not! I would also ask the doctor "If you were me, would you get another flu shot?".

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    1. I asked the Dr ( told him about my reaction ) but he was noncommittal ) Also, when my husband has his they give him a leaflet saying there could be a reaction and yet, when I told the nurse , she reckons there aren’t any reactions to it. I also asked if there were any contra indications ... the nurse said no but, my friend who is a nurse , had Guillain-Barré, has been told not to have it. I will never know if it was the flu injection but, I have never passed out before and I had stomach pains, on and off , for about a year after. It’s put me right off !!!! XXXX

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  2. Oh gosh. That looks as if it was very painful. I agree that you need to speak to your GP for some advice about the flu jab.
    Hope all goes well, whatever you decide, and take care Jackie xx

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    1. It was JayCee ! I was lucky that I didn’t break my nose ! I have asked the GP but he is noncommittal ... I think he just wants his fee from the NHS !!!! XXXX

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  3. Amazing what you find when clearing out. Old treasures. Your yew should be perfect as disease/insect resistance is important. I am hearing mixed reviews on the flu shot this year. I am on the fence. Could you do some research on UP TO DATE and PUBMED? UP TO DATE is a database of medical findings by MD's. (The latest research findings.) PUBMED database is the National Library of Medicine in the US. I wonder if the 2019 flu shot included something that you reacted to? I'd look at the vaccine content and compare over 3-4 years. The pharmacist might be able to do this for you.

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    1. Thanks so much for all the information Susan .... that’s so helpful. I know they use different strains each year, guessing which strain we might get, so, I could have the injection and be fine this time. I’ll do some research .... thanks to you, I have more places to look at. XXXX

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  4. What a horrifying and colorful injury. My goodness. I had my flu shot on Oct. 5 so that is done. Who is in that first photo? I love that photo.

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    1. It was a good bruise wasn’t it ? You are obviously fine with the flu jab so that’s good.
      I’m afraid I don’t know who that is in the photo .... I got it from Pinterest . XXXX

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  5. That's a cracking bruise, Grommit! I hadn't read your blog then, but what a disastrous outcome - are you sure the flu shot was to blame? I think this year's combo would be what we got here in Australia six months ago and pretty much the whole population got it as the Guv'ment pushed the message hard. There's also a Senior's Brew which I think has a higher dose? Anyway, feeling a bit droopy tired the next day was the only side effect for me and some of us had a stiff shoulder for a bit. And it worked - I haven't heard of a single person having the flu this year.

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    1. I’m not 100% sure that the flu shot was to blame but it was a bit of a coincidence. I’m just a bit reluctant to have another one now ! Glad you came through yours unscathed Pip ! XXXx

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  6. And well done on cleaning out your black hole cupboard! xx

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    1. I’ve never cleaned so much due to being stuck in more. I’m trying to find things to do. At least this pandemic has tidied up the house 🤣 XXXX

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  7. Having nothing interesting to write about has never stopped me! Those bruises look dreadful; almost as if you'd done a couple of rounds with Tyson.

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  8. They were pretty spectacular weren’t they Cro ? When I passed out, I fell off the toilet and smashed my face on the bathroom wall !!! Even though I can’t be sure it was the flu jab, it has put me off having it again ! Your posts are always interesting ..... I don’t know how you think of something everyday ..... you are obviously a lot better at blogging than me and lead a far more interesting life ! XXXX

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  9. Wow, what a shiner! The only reaction that I have had to my recent flu jab is a slightly aching upper arm. If you decide to have a jab please be ready to lie out on cushions with a bowl nearby! A hard decision for you to make as your doctor is not sounding at all helpful.

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    1. I will be prepared if I decide to have it !!! Neither the dr nor the nurse have been particularly helpful .... most pharmacists that I have spoken to seem quite anti it ! The bruise was a corker .... it took ages to go ! XXXX

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    2. Having got past the bruising, I have to say that your eyes are a beautiful colour.

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    3. Oh, what a lovely thing to say ..... thank you ..... they look pretty awful in that photo what with the bruising and the swelling and the puckering !!!!! .... and, in real life, it’s all looking a bit old 🤣😂🤣 XXXX

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  10. The yew ball is beautiful - good idea instead of box as I know there can be problems with the English box. The few box(es) I have are Japanese - slow growing but have never had a problem with blight or insects.

    Those skates may bring you a few pounds - I bet there aren't many around any longer. As for the coats - they are the hardest item to give up I find, lots of winter memories wrapped up in warm garments! I have to admit with the surge of affordable coats in stores such as ZARA, I now have lightened my load the last couple of years, buying cozy ZARA ones and gifting to the thrift shops the older much too heavy lined coats for this region. I love coats, now have mine out of summer storage bags anxiously awaiting the colder days here.

    Oh you poor dear, I do recall that unfortunate incident, you were so bruised. . . . . .and really had your 'knickers in a twist' big time!
    I had my 'flu shot in late Sept., no problems. I think it's something we all should get if possible - perhaps you could be prepared this time - no wine, stay home close to your bed, and take things easy for 24 hours.
    I'm now debating the COVID vaccine - will I be a brave guinea pig when they start offering the shot, or bide my time? Life shouldn't have so many difficult decisions to make when one is older - it's all wearing us out much too fast!

    Take care my dear - hope all works out - keep your great sense of humor, and stay in touch here - but keep those knickers on lol!
    Mary -

    P.S. Thanks for that lovely comment on my anniversary of coming to America post. My Bob is lovely isn't he - I made the right choice XX

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    1. Hi Mary .... Yew is a good choice as an alternative to box here in the U.K. ... even Monty Don lost most of his! So funny that you should mention the Japanese variety ... I have just had a small one delivered that is going on the garden table. They are very similar to box aren’t they ?
      Love Zara ..... before Zara came to the U.K., I used to buy lots of childrens clothes from them when we used to do the day trips to Calais .... they were so different. ... and I still like Zara and buy lots from them. Some of their home products are nice as well.
      I will have to think long and hard about the flu vaccine and I’m not sure about the Covid vaccine when they finally get one. It will have only been basically tested and they won’t know what the long term effects of it will be for many years.
      I loved your Coming to America post Mary ..... you certainly met your soulmate. XXXX

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  11. NO!
    I had ONE FLU shot years ago and had NEVER BEEN SO SICK!YOU AND ME WILL SKIP IT!YOU GORGEOUS CREATURE...........RED EYES TOO!
    XOXO

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    1. Oh Elizabeth , it’s good to know that I’m not the only one to have a bad reaction to the flu vaccine. ( not that I wanted you to be ill with it ) I haven’t commented on your latest post as it was getting a bit heated and I’m not that confident on American politics !!!! XXXX

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    2. NO WORRIES.........IT MADE OTHERS COMMENT!!!
      OVER 200 comments so I PINCHED A NERVE with a FEW!
      COUNTING THE DAYS NOW................
      NO FLU SHOT!
      XX

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    3. That was a LOT of comments .... it’s quite a sensitive subject to put it mildly !!!!
      No flu injection for me either ! XXXX

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  12. My husband had his flu shot a week ago . . . and no problems.
    He has been reminding me to get mine . . .
    I did so on Friday . . .
    I have never had a reaction, not sure about “this time.”
    Returned home after a brief shop at the grocers
    feeling this heavy, must rest, take a nap feeling.
    I had not had lunch, although I had eaten before the flu shot.
    I dozed off, awakened suddenly knowing I needed the bathroom
    and experienced an explosive eruption, clean out of my system.
    Strange indeed, (stranger even more that I am writing about it here.) .
    Although no black out, or fall from the “John” or hitting my face.
    I felt a strange aura, discomfort and did wonder . . . was it a reaction of sorts.
    Ached all over, went back for more sleep . ..
    Next day . . and I feel fine.

    The COVID vaccine will have to go through many trials/tests before I will try it.

    I, like you, have never cleaned out, sorted out, discarded more “stuff” in years!
    And still not sure where it all came from.

    I would think your doctor would want to monitor and
    keep a good eye on you if you decide on the flu shot.

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    1. That sounds like my reaction but without the passing out Lynne. The trouble is, I shall never know if it was the flu vaccine. The other thing was that it went on for months in a milder way. That was two years ago now .... I didn’t have one last year. I’ve never had anything like that before so it seems a bit of a coincidence ! My husband has them every year without any reaction.
      Like you, I will want to see more tests with any COVID vaccine ! XXXX

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  13. I would definitely consult a doctor and go by his advice. At the very minimum, I would think that you should make sure that you are not alone for the next few hours.

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  14. I am still debating whether I should have it Debby. Thanks so much for your comment .... it’s good to hear what others think. XXXX

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  15. I have never had a flu shot...I am always scarry for that sort of injection....I also not know if I will have a Covid injection...I am also scarry for that...but time will learn when it is there maybe I think others ...please stay safe...love Ria 🧡🎃🍁🍄🌽🍂🌻🍀

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    1. I agree with all of what you say Ria. I’m not anti vaccine .... I have had them all as have our children but, because of what happened, I am reluctant to have the flu injection and I don’t think that I’d be first in the queue if they find a vaccine for COVID .... I’ll let the more enthusiastic test it out for me !!! 💖 XxxX

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