Every year, the company where I work holds a health fair. They set up in the break room/kitchen area and they then draw blood to check for cholesterol levels and other diseases and they administer flu shots. All for free.
I will be the first one to tell you that I don’t like needles, although my family tries to beat me to the punch with funny stories of me fainting at the doctor while watching my brother get his vaccinations any time needles enter the conversation. It’s not the pain of the needle or the sharpness that bothers me, it just seems unnatural to me to put something in my body. I mean, how do doctors know that whatever they inject actually goes where they want it to go…? But I digress…
This year, I tried really hard to psych myself into going up there and joining the bloody party. I thought I should at least get a flu shot, I mean, everyone else was getting one..then I realized, if everyone else in the world gets a flu shot, I wont have to!
Kidding aside, I couldn’t bring myself to do it. I do what I can to stay healthy all year round, and during the Winter, I take my chances by passing up the flu shot but I pound Vitamin C drops, drink hot cider and generally up my hand-washing frequency to an unfathomable amount and I do OK. In the end it’s a gamble and I get the flu every couple years, but for the most part, it’s mild and I survive.
After our Thanksgiving hoopla with both sides of the family, everything seemed just grand. We got home safely and were happy to be back, sleeping in the comfort of our own beds but that night we got a rude awakening. Our three year old daughter came into our room which happens occasionally (she has the worst night terrors…of giant ants eating us and monsters shrinking us, real vivid freaky stuff…but that’s a tale for another time). I just assumed she had another nightmare and was about to lift her into bed when I heard that sound that can wake you from the deepest sleep…and the next thing I knew, I was covered in throw-up, at 4am.
There must have been something in that second Thanksgiving dinner we eat because the rest of my immediate family excluded, about 2/3 of the 65 people that attended that big dinner on Friday night were sick to their stomachs.
Like any vomit story would, this got me thinking about the flu and what that flu shot or lack thereof was costing me each year?
If this in fact was the flu that my daughter had contracted (it seems unlikely at this time) I would surely have it now and would be heading into rough territory. On average when I get the flu, I am unable to go to work for two or three days. As an hourly employee, that’s 1/5th of my weekly pay. If in the last 5 years, I passed up the flu shot and got the flu two out of the five years, that’s an entire week of work missed.
I use up my vacation/sick pay pretty early on each year as my parents always plan some big, week long, extravaganza. We really enjoy vacation and traveling and would love to do more of it but it seems as long as I keep passing up my free yearly flu shot, I won’t be taking any extra vacation time.
I can’t help but ponder whether passing up the free flu shot was worth it as I sit here sucking on my lemon-flavored vitamin C drop…
Do you pass up any free perks at work because they are inconvenient or just plain creepy? (free colonoscopy anyone?)
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