Monday, December 10, 2007

Win one for the blogger

About a month ago my work had free flu shots in the lobby, and I remember thinking, "Flu shots? Nuts to that!"

So here I am, many barfs into the afternoon, with a fever, and the only thing that could make me feel better (besides being unconscious) is a win tonight against Dallas. MacT is off to a good start by finally splitting up the Torres-Stoll-Stortini "checking line" and sitting out Zack Stortini, while both Torres and Stoll have said all of the right things about getting benched.

The other good news is that the cavalry is finally coming, with Dick Tarnstrom likely playing instead of Denis Grebeshkov, Sheldon Souray finally returning Tuesday and Ethan Moreau, who missed an extra six weeks of hockey because the team medical staff didn't know he had a broken foot, has finally removed his cast. Good stuff.

So yeah... win ... one... for me ... Shawn Horcoff with 5 goals... uh... [staggers back to bed]

16 comments:

Eyeris said...

Careful Mike. You don't want this to happen now, do you:

http://www.gateway.ualberta.ca/media/images/i_2004_01_20/OilersINPAIN.jpg

Black Dog said...

Sounds like the Creemore flu to me.

mike w said...

Heh.

Gotta say that those Nachos were a lot less sharper going down than coming up...

See? I'm gross.

Coco Says said...

Feel better Mike!

Goil!

matt said...

a. I got the flu shot once and it put me on my ass worse than any flu, ever. You dodged a bullet.

b. I have the flu now and the world is 45 degrees off kilter. I don't if that's because of, or causing, the nausea. But I'm still glad I skipped the flu shot.

Andy Grabia said...

We watching here, then, with Mike in his pajamas?

I love it when "Orc" comes up in the word verification. I'm such a nerd.

mike w said...

Wrapped in a blanket, drinking Gatorade, yelling at every defenceman on the team.

Also: the NHL has the worst officiating in pro sports. The Oil get a penalty because some Dallas guy fell down in front of our net?

Andy Grabia said...

Also: the NHL has the worst officiating in pro sports.

Basketball is pretty awful (and corrupt), but yeah, it's bad. How that is a penalty is beyond me.

Andy Grabia said...

Uggh.

mike w said...

Fuck!

Lewis Black said...

What you've gotta realize when you get a flu shot is this: what it does, it gives you a cold. 365 days a year you wake up with a cold. But you never get the flu.

Justin said...

The flu shot can't give you the flu. Old wives' tale. If you had a flu shot and then got sick, it was just coincidence.

SquidRx said...

Justin is absolutely right! The "flu" shot is a mixture of dead virus intended to produce antibodies for the eventuality that you come into contact with the same virus sometime in the future. The chances of you getting sick are greatly reduced as you already have the antibodies present to combat the virus. I say greatly reduced not absolutely zero. It is also important to note that "flu" is short for influenza wich is a viral respiratory illness causing fever, runny nose, cough, headache and malaise. There is a chance it can progress into pneumonia. It rarely if ever is associated with nausea, diarrhea or vomiting as is seen with the incorrectly refered to "stomach flu".

The influenza vaccine does not cause the "flu" in whatever context you want to use the word. It does not protect you against any other respiratory viruses that you may come into contact with (e.g. the billion different strains of the cold virus), only infuenza virus.

Sorry I had to go soapbox on this one. Not usually my nature, but misinformation around the influenza vaccine is one of my pet peeves. The importance of being vaccinated is not always so much about protecting ourselves, but about protecting someone with a vastly less capable immune system (elderly, asthmatics, pregnant, etc.) that you may come into contact with.

http://www.merck.com/mmpe/sec14/ch188/ch188d.html?qt=influenza&alt=sh

I will climb off my soapbox now, "go to the box, you know. Two minutes by {myself}, and {I} feel shame, you know."

apostrophe s said...

Squidrx is totally right. The flu shot doesn't prevent the 'puking' flu at all. It professes to prevent the 'hit by a truck' flu.

Not like that's going to make you feel better in any way. Sorry.

Also, don't forget that the flu shot is marketed and sold by evil pharmaceutical companies who are interested in making a buck. Just sayin'.

-the other mike w's wife

mike w said...

So basically everytime someone says the "flu" they're usually talking about gastroenteritis then (ie. mostly puking)?

I guess there's a lot of overlap in symptoms, which probably has lead to the confusion (plus, "flu" just sounds like a barf word).

But thanks for the correction. Soapboxes are always welcome in the comments part of our blog...

SquidRx said...

Whew! Picture me wiping a bead of sweat from my brow. I figured I had positioned myself for a Mclea type beat down.

There is definitely an overlap in symptoms and a Ft. McMurray oilsands sized dumptruck worth of confusion. In my experience, if someone says the "flu", I'd bet dollars to doughnuts (which I don't really know what that means, but I like to say it) that they mean gastroenteritis. It doesn't help that there are so many respiratory viruses that produce the same symptoms as influenza virus. It is a veritable primordial viral soup. I wanted to say soupal for consistency, but that just seemed silly.

Get well!

P.S. I don't post often, but I check out this blog daily (BofA and Lowetide, too). You guys usually have me spraying my coffee all over my monitors. I still nearly pee my pants everytime I think about the "third dink" post of sometime ago. See, I gotta go change again.

Keep up the awesome work!