I only have one more night call for medicine this month. Hurray!!!! I finished my night call 2 nights ago and felt exhausted.
This sign is correct- no sleeping for interns!
When I got home from call, I was too tired to even eat anything (which I think is the first time in my life I didn’t feel like eating.) I went straight to bed and slept a good 4 hours. When I woke up I was starving! I made a mixed plate of chicken, mashed cauliflower, black pepper shrimp and rice, and a piece of toast with homemade mayo (which is even better than buttered toast).
Kyle made cookies- so of course I had one of those too 🙂
Then, Kyle and I had a stay-at-home date night and carved pumpkins!! One great thing about having a blog is documenting things every year. This is the third year I’ve posted about us carving pumpkins!
Kyle always choses a super cute, simple face and his always looks so perfect! I always pick something way too ambitious, sketch it out, and then have the hardest time cutting my design! I think my skeleton looks a little messy… but at least you can tell what it is!
I really didn’t feel like cooking anything for dinner, so I just made a huge bowl of greek yogurt with blueberries, and topped it with some pumpkin chocolate cake.
This cake was actually an epic fail. I wanted it to be like Oh She Glows chocolate pumpkin lava cake:
But, mine was such a fail. Not like her’s at all. I think I used too much coffee, cooked it too long… used some bad ingredient substitutions. Oh well- I will still eat it! It has chocolate chips in it, so it’s not that bad.
Then I went to bed and got up and went to work. My life is like groundhog day.
There is a flu shot clinic set up in the hospital cafeteria this week. When I went down to get my daily afternoon coffee yesterday, I figured I should go ahead and get my flu shot. As a healthcare professional, I am required to get a flu shot every year. But, even if I wasn’t in healthcare, I would still get a flu shot. It is such an important thing to do for your health and for the health of others around you. The flu is extremely contagious and can spread quickly. If you’re a healthy, young individual, you might feel sick for just a few days. But- 90% of flu deaths are in patients older than 65. If you happen to pass the flu onto an older person, they have a much higher risk of complications.
I know that Ebola has been in the news so much lately, and everyone is concerned about contracting the virus (to the point of closing schools and making people stay home from work!) but in reality, the likelihood of dying from flu is so much higher!!
So, that is my rant about getting a flu shot. Here’s a little more info I copied from the CDC website: (I think it explains things really well)
How do flu vaccines work?
Flu vaccines cause antibodies to develop in the body about two weeks after vaccination. These antibodies provide protection against infection with the viruses that are in the vaccine.
The seasonal flu vaccine protects against the influenza viruses that research indicates will be most common during the upcoming season. Traditional flu vaccines (called trivalent vaccines) are made to protect against three flu viruses; an influenza A (H1N1) virus, an influenza A (H3N2) virus, and an influenza B virus. In addition, there are flu vaccines made to protect against four flu viruses (called “quadrivalent” vaccines). These vaccines protect against the same viruses as the trivalent vaccine and an additional B virus.
There are several flu vaccine options for the 2014-2015 flu season.
Traditional flu vaccines made to protect against three different flu viruses (called “trivalent” vaccines) are available. In addition, flu vaccines made to protect against four different flu viruses (called “quadrivalent” vaccines) also are available.
Trivalent flu vaccine protects against two influenza A viruses (an H1N1 and an H3N2) and an influenza B virus. The following trivalent flu vaccines are available:
- Standard-dose trivalent shots (IIV3) that are manufactured using virus grown in eggs. Different flu shots are approved for people of different ages, but there are flu shots that are approved for use in people as young as 6 months of age and up.
- An intradermal trivalent shot, which is injected into the skin instead of the muscle and uses a much smaller needle than the regular flu shot. It is approved for people 18 through 64 years of age.
- A high-dose trivalent shot, approved for people 65 and older.
- A trivalent shot containing virus grown in cell culture, which is approved for people 18 and older.
- A recombinant trivalent shot that is egg-free, approved for people 18 through 49 years of age.
The quadrivalent flu vaccine protects against two influenza A viruses and two influenza B viruses. The following quadrivalent flu vaccines are available:
I normally get the regular shot, but today the lady administering the shots encouraged me to try the nasal spray. I figured it would be better than the shot, so I went for it! Well, I was so wrong. I’ve been sniffling, sneezing, and had a scratchy throat all day! Luckily, you can’t actually get the flu from the nasal spray. It’s adapted to only survive in cooler temperatures like your nasal mucosa. Your lungs and blood are too warm for the virus. But, it’s a common reaction to have a runny nose, headache, fatigue, sore throat, etc. for a day after the nasal spray. Now I know and I think I will go for the regular vaccine next year.
Along with getting the flu shot annually, here are some good tips to use everyday to stay healthy through flu season:
1. Avoid close contact.
Avoid close contact with people who are sick. When you are sick, keep your distance from others to protect them from getting sick too. Also, bump elbows or fist pump instead of shaking hands. It’s fun and people will appreciate you for not spreading germs!
2. Stay home when you are sick.
If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness.
3. Cover your mouth and nose.
Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. It may prevent those around you from getting sick.
4. Clean your hands.
Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
5. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
Germs are often spread when a person touches something that is contaminated with germs and then touches his or her eyes, nose, or mouth.
6. Practice other good health habits.
Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food. <— This!
Did you get your flu shot this year?
Did you carve pumpkins yet?