Yesterday I had my yearly physical and 2 things are really getting me thinking.
First, I was vaccinated. I haven’t had a tetanus shot in I can’t remember how long so they gave me one. I’ve heard many different viewpoints on the topic of vaccines. They are good for society, they are giving our kids autism, they aren’t tested enough, etc. Obviously I’m mot dead set against them. I don’t think they are giving our children autism either. I do, however, think they need to be rigorously tested. The last thing that should happen when you get vaccinated is actually getting the disease you were avoiding. Also, (and this may just be me being crotchety before my time) I don’t think we need a chicken pox vaccine. I had chicken pox and I turned out fine. Everyone I know has had chicken pox and is just fine. We have immune systems for a reason and they can handle some things. If I got whooping cough it would suck, but I would probably survive. The only reason I got the vaccine is because I don’t want to pass that on to my family. Specifically, the babies or elderly relatives who couldn’t handle getting it. There are people out there with compromised immune systems who can’t receive vaccines. We (the vaccinated) provide a buffer for them. That is why I get vaccines.
Second, my doctor told me to lose 20 lbs. I am about 100 lbs overweight so this wasn’t news. What surprised me is she said 20 lbs and didn’t specify a deadline. Not 100 lbs? Not 20 lbs by Christmas? I know a few people who are told by their doctors to lose weight and they are always saying how harshly they receive the news. My doctor was matter-of-fact, but not harsh. I am (and have been) taking steps to lead a healthier life, some of which I outlined in a previous post. I’ve lost 20 lbs in the last year. I’m pretty proud of that, but obviously there is more to go.
It’s all just a part of the journey.