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We piled into my car after lunch to take care of a few errands. Normally we take DW's car when we go out together but the first errand consisted of getting the biennial smog check on my car. That didn't go as planned as the state testing facility is closed on Mondays now. It didn't used to be, but I guess all that money going into union pension funds necessitated some cutbacks.

From there we headed out to a winery just inside the boundary of fabulous Yamhill County, where in a moment of weakness DW signed up for a wine club last summer. The way it works, you pay an exorbitant amount of money four times a year and you get two bottles of their good stuff each time. This time it was $90 for two bottles of Pinot Noir. While we were there, we tasted one of their other noirs, a $48 bottle, and it was so totally not worth it. We could have bought almost 14 bottles of what we usually get for the price of those two. And one of them needs to be aged for two years -- talk about delayed gratification. I hope she lets the membership lapse real soon.

Then we went to a big store with a pharmacy and got flu shots. It was my first flu shot in 15 years or so, and so far my throat hasn't swollen shut, nor am I deathly ill like last time. The pharmacist said that they don't use live germs like they did back then, so maybe I'll be OK this time.

Then we stopped by Whole Foods, which has a rotisserie chicken sale every Monday. They make the best prepared chicken, not injecting them with solutions of fructose and who-knows-what like many other stores do.

Tomorrow I've got to call UnitedHealthcare to see if they got my fax of resignation. Since they were sending me all kinds of propaganda to get me to enroll in their Medicare Advantage program, I figured they knew I was going on Medicare. But only one part of them knew that -- the part that sends the bills didn't. Good thing I called them and found that out. Meanwhile, our November bill arrived and I'm still on it, hence the call.

Don't I have the most interesting life?

--fleg
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Tomorrow I've got to call UnitedHealthcare to see if they got my fax of resignation. Since they were sending me all kinds of propaganda to get me to enroll in their Medicare Advantage program, I figured they knew I was going on Medicare. But only one part of them knew that
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I don't want to tell you about my experience with UNC when we went on COBRA. Every MONTH! I had to call, because "it was someone else", "it was the COBRA people", "it was the other people", "it wasn't ME!". I dunno. It was a horrifying experience for 18 months, every month. I would never sign up with UNC.

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I don't want to tell you about my experience with UNC when we went on COBRA.

But...

Every MONTH! I had to call, because "it was someone else", "it was the COBRA people", "it was the other people", "it wasn't ME!". I dunno. It was a horrifying experience for 18 months, every month. I would never sign up with UNC.

I never had that much trouble with the University of North Carolina. But I never considered staying with them for Medicare because they are in bed with the traitorous AARP for that coverage.

--fleg
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Then we went to a big store with a pharmacy and got flu shots. It was my first flu shot in 15 years or so, and so far my throat hasn't swollen shut, nor am I deathly ill like last time. The pharmacist said that they don't use live germs like they did back then, so maybe I'll be OK this time.


I never get flu shots. My doctor brought it up today and I happened to mention that some people get sick from them, which isn't supposed to happen because it's just being injected with "dead" viruses... She shrugged and replied, "Coincidence."
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I never get flu shots. My doctor brought it up today and I happened to mention that some people get sick from them, which isn't supposed to happen because it's just being injected with "dead" viruses...

Some people think they're getting the flu after a flu shot. The body is building up antibodies against the flu, thus, the feeling of being achy and run down for a day or two. It happened to me after my first flu vaccination several years ago. Didn't happen the 2nd time, and I haven't gotten a shot since because I feel I've built up enough antibodies to combat a full blown case of the flu. Was at the pharmancy yesterday picking up a prescription. The gal at the counter tried to talk me into getting the shot again. I politely declined but even when the phone at the pharmacy is answered by a live person, the first question asked is: Have you had your flu shot this year. Oh, good grief. Lay off it, for pity's sake.
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I never get flu shots. My doctor brought it up today and I happened to mention that some people get sick from them, which isn't supposed to happen because it's just being injected with "dead" viruses

DW has been sick since we got our flu shots. She doesn't have the flu but she feels so drained that she's spent the last two days mostly in bed.

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I never get flu shots. My doctor brought it up today and I happened to mention that some people get sick from them, which isn't supposed to happen because it's just being injected with "dead" viruses... She shrugged and replied, "Coincidence."
andrew

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well, if you don't get the flu, why bother?

I've been getting them for yrs. and after my bout with pneumonia yrs ago, I got the pneumonia shot as well. I have allergies and a bit of asthma, so when I get a cold and it progresses into a respiration infection well, it's hard to breathe and function.

I've never had a reaction to either shot.

Thinking about getting the shingles vaccine.

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DW has been sick since we got our flu shots. She doesn't have the flu but she feels so drained that she's spent the last two days mostly in bed.

This year, a couple days after I got the flu shot I started feeling really tired. That day and the next I took about four naps each day. (Good thing I'm retired.)

Never had a reaction to a flu shot before.
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