Flu season is about to reach it's peak here. The hospitals in Spokane (just north of us) expect it to reach pandemic levels by next week since all the college students have returned from vacation this week to resume classes. They have been tracking "the wave" of cases move across our state from the Seattle area over to the East side where I live. They are already turning children 12 and under away from being able to visit loved ones in the hospitals up there as a safety precaution because so many people are being hospitalized or going to the emergency room with flu symptoms. This flu season has already proven to be really bad and even deadly in some cases. The people that I know that have gotten the flu so far have had their flu shots and it did nothing to protect them.
I am one of those people that cannot get the shot anyway. I had a horrible reaction to it and was told NEVER to get one again. I am also someone with not one, not two, but three different autoimmune diseases that we currently know of. Yes, I am a mess! Today I have to venture out to the hospital for a pre-op appointment for a colonoscopy next week. Oh joy! NOT! I'm thinking I may just wear one of the masks while I am there. If I get sick I then have to put off having this "roto-rooter" procedure for another 2 months (that is how long it will be until I can get another appointment). Even though it is just a routine screening, I don't want to have to put it off. I already had to wait over a month to get this appointment. So I am becoming a hermit.
In the past, I was told by one of my doctors that I had to stay away from people so I could limit my exposure to any viruses if I had any medical procedures coming up. My friend, who works at a hospital in Spokane, also told me to avoid being around people and to stock up on anything I might need today and then stay put at home until after this procedure is over and done with. I already emailed and cancelled working with the preschoolers next week because I catch everything they have. I hated having to do that because I love being with them but I am almost always sick within 2-3 days after working with any of them that is sick. I should be able to return the following week though.
So today is the day for stopping by the store and picking up a few things after my appointment. I need milk and some fresh fruits and veggies. I'll make it a quick trip in and out. That should be it for another week or two. I am once again thankful for a full pantry, freezer and refrigerator and thankful for my friend who warned me about how bad things were getting this flu season.