Work Stuff

Ouch and Ouch

Seriously. I looked up at the clock expecting it to say 10:00 a.m. and it was 2:00!

This day evaporated before my eyes.

I reported for my general health check-up this morning. Only, it wasn’t a check-up, it was to see where I was on my immunizations and I must have looked like a deer in headlights because she laughed and said, “I take it you have no idea.”

“None,” I said. “I haven’t had anything in about twenty years.”

“You’ve never worked in health care before?”


“Did you have the flu shot?”


She gives me a disapproving look. I’m getting used to these disapproving looks. Everyone makes you feel really guilty and stupid for opting out of the flu shot. I can’t help it. I don’t think they’re a good idea. No offense to those out there that believe in them, I don’t.

“You know if there’s an epidemic you’ll be suspended for …”

“Yes. Yes. I’m very aware of the consequences. Thanks.”

I wasn’t that abrupt, but seriously – I KNOW ALREADY. Sheesh.

Anyway. I ended up getting a Tetanus shot, which, okay, I’ll go along with that one. It’s been about 25 years since I’ve had one of those. But then she gave me a Hep B shot. And that was just shot number one. I have to go back in a month and get shot number two and then go back five months later and get shot number three – and then it’s supposed to last me for life.

Let’s hope.

I don’t really have a problem with shots, PER SE, I have a problem with the poisons they inject into your body. Now don’t go getting tense on me. I think immunizations are important – especially for children – I just don’t think getting a shot every year for a virus you may, or may not, contract because there are hundreds of different flu viruses, is a good idea.


Again, relax. If you choose to get the flu shot, it’s your body, go for it. But for me? Or my family? No thank you. I’ll endure the disapproving frowns and deal with the suspension IF it happens.

At any rate, my arms feel heavy but I’m okay. The nurse did a really good job sticking me and I hardly felt a thing. I’ve been hopped up on Ibuprofen all day so hopefully I avoided any headache I might have gotten. She gave the Tetanus shot in my left arm because that’s the arm I use the most (I’m a leftie) and the more you use your arm, the faster you get over the effects.

We’ll see how I feel in the morning.

Tomorrow, we have a little over 100 patients. The same on Wednesday and then just a little under 100 patients on Thursday. Thankfully, we only have one doctor working Friday so I’ll be able to get some stuff done.

I held my own today, I think. I didn’t have to ask for help as many times as I have so I think I’m making progress. So far (*FREAKING KNOCK ON WOOD*) I haven’t had anyone call me up and say, “What the HELL? Why did you order this for this patient??” so I take that as a good sign.

Or maybe they don’t want to scare off the new girl because apparently? They have a hard time finding, and keeping, people for this job because it is a higher stress job. (For a clerical job, that is).

We’re having some sort of bake/craft sale right now. One of our own is needing to raise money for … something. (Honestly. I started to read the email about the event, but got sidetracked and have never made it back to that email). I’m looking forward to buying some sweet stuff and looking at crafts tomorrow at lunch.

If I can get away for lunch. I see why the other girls eat at their desks now.

It’s crazy but MAN, I’m having fun.

ADDED: UGH. Today, my arms are S..S..SORE. I can barely lift them. Looks like I’ll be popping Aleves today. Even though I understand vaccinations are really to protect you in the long run, the short run SUCKS. It’s gonna be a looooooong day.