People in my kid's home-store are infected with swine flu. The lab results just got back today.
He's been spending time wrapped up in a blanket on the couch, looking tired and queasy. The other day he spent a good hour throwing up. I on the other hand, felt pretty good until about four days ago, and then both of my line-partners got sick.
"Yodi? My throat hurts..." and "I don't feel good." My boss got sick, and one of the assistants got sick. The bussers got sick and the dishwasher started to cough.
My head hurts like someone is hammering it with a baseball bat, and my entire body aches. Probably because with everyone hunched over and moaning, I'm putting out three times my normal effort. I've been sick so long, on and off, I couldn't deal with it anymore.
Yesterday, I stopped in at QFC (chicken is on sale) and saw they were doing a flu clinic. It'd just ended, but I went right up to the counter and asked to be stuck. The pharmacist told me getting sick over and over didn't sound like the flu because you build immunity to the strains in your workplace, but my workplace is an incubator.
People get sick, pass it around--go home, infect their families and when it mutates, bring it back to start the cycle over.
One of the other assistants said, "I don't believe in flu shots." And I said, "It's not a faith issue. Whether you believe in them or not doesn't matter." It's science. And if I wasn't a healthy (mostly) individual, when the swine flu shots come out, I'd rush right down to get them. Unfortunately I have to wait a month.