Those two shots (flu and pneumonia) yesterday had me swearing this morning that I’d never take another flu or pneumonia shot. I felt so bad. Vince felt bad too and he had only the flu shot so I can’t say which one made me feel worse but about noon, I told myself “I am never getting another flu or pneumonia shot!” I went to bed and slept about three hours. I woke up with a fever and my right arm (pneumonia) was killing me. I read all the data that came with the shot and didn’t see anywhere that it said I could or could not take an aspirin so I called the pharmacist and he said it was fine.
I took two aspirins and within about 20 minutes, I felt totally fine. Bayer aspirin really does solve just about every problem I ever have.
Now that I’m feeling better (even my right arm isn’t hurting!) I will get the shots again because I remember how sick I was the one time I did have the flu and being a part of Addie’s life and having lunch with her at school, I feel like the pneumonia shot was a good thing too.
But . . I am a wimp.
Here’s something funny – I was video chatting with Addie last night and I told her . . you’re not going to believe what happened to me today . . and I told her I got two shots. She wanted to know what kind of band-aids I got. I told her “I didn’t get band-aids! I asked for them and he said . . you don’t need them!” She said “You can’t get a shot without getting a band-aid!” and she was not believing I had gotten a shot so I had to turn my arm so she could see the injection site.
I’m betting she has thought about that several times today. How is it possible to get a shot and not get a cute band-aid! Being an adult is so unfair sometimes! 🙂
Cilla in NH says
Next time you receive a shot you must tell the nurse your granddaughter says you HAVE to have a cutsie bandaid. Or buy some to keep just for that occasion. Way too funny!!!! She really is much older than her age. Gonna keep you (and parents) on all your toes.
I always take ibuprofen or Tylenol within s few hours of my annual flu shot and then repeat another dose at bedtime that day. It really helps keep me from feeling sore.
I always premedicate with a Tylenol before I get a flu shot. And I make sure I get it in my dominant arm because the other important thing is to keep moving that arm around afterwards. And the absolute most important thing before any type of shot – make sure you keep that muscle relaxed – it will hurt even more if you tense up (which most of us tend to do) – wiggle your fingers or toes (depending on where the shot is placed)
Judy Laquidara says
Thanks! I didn’t think about pre-medicating. Since I had to get two shots, I got one in each arm. I usually get any shot in my left arm (which is non-dominant) because I sleep on my right side, but I did remember to keep the arm relaxed as he was giving the shot, and to keep moving it. The flu shot isn’t sore today but the pneumonia shot is very tender.
Wanda Jordan says
Ok here is an old tip from my mother in law. I’ve used it for over 48 years now and it works . Take a wade of Vicks vapor put on spot cover with bandaid. It keeps the soreness down .
I like my doctor. He has cute Bandaids AND colorful Coban!
Linda in NE says
You know, there are a lot of unfair things about being an adult! I just hadn’t ever thought about not getting cute bandaids when you get a shot!
Nelle Coursey says
That is just wrong! You needed a Bugs Bunny or at least a Unicorn!