Flu shots need to be sent back to the lab

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blank I’m lucky, in that I don’t get sick very often, but my luck ended last week. At first, I thought I had just eaten too much at Thanksgiving, but by Friday evening I was hugging the toilet and banished to the spare bedroom. From sweating to freezing to death, and multiple trips to the bathroom, it was a long night. I didn’t feel 100 percent for almost a week.

My doctor is big on vaccines and gives me an annual flu shot, which I’ve come to believe helps me from getting sick. I’ve read that this year’s flu vaccine isn’t that effective, maybe only 10 percent. Most years the effectiveness is rated above 50 percent, which means that the lab rats need to work harder or change their techniques to better serve the public.

Since I got the travel bug, when I was 55, I’ve been treated like a pin cushion by the medical profession. So far I haven’t contracted yellow fever, hepatitis A, typhoid, shingles, tetanus, diphtheria, whooping cough or pneumonia, but I’m ready. Thinking back, I can’t remember the last time I was this sick, and I don’t think I’ll be looking forward to being that sick again, any time soon.

The mistake I made was getting a California flu shot. When my newest grandson, and favorite son, came to visit for Thanksgiving, they were just getting over some bug. I guess one way to get rid of a bug is to pass it on, and then get out of town.

My son-in-law, Rance, also came down with some kind of stomach virus, or is it a bacterial infection?  Whatever it was, it wasn’t pretty. The only good news to come out of this adventure was that I lost almost 10 pounds in a week. If it had lasted a couple of more weeks I would have reached my diet goals for 2017. But I’m afraid the weight loss was just temporary and as soon as my stomach decided that it liked food again, the first hamburger tasted pretty good, most of the weight is back.

TRACTORS, TRACTORS, TRACTORS. Downtown Winters was the place to be last Friday night. With tractors lined up for blocks and our town Christmas tree ready to shine, people lined the streets and cheered. I don’t know how you pick a favorite, but having a tomato harvester gliding down Main Street was pretty neat. The older tractors should be on a calendar for next year and Monte Molina’s tractor was huge.

From old time families like Tom Ramos, Monte Molina, Ben Button, Jack Vickrey and Chris Turkovich, to newcomers like Stan Lester and Ed Centers, it was quite the parade. Tell Stan and Ed I think they are newcomers, it will make both of them smile. Made me smile writing this paragraph.

I liked the old tractors with signs listing the tractor’s age and vintage. I would encourage all the tractor participants to expand on the signs to include a little history and who is driving. I was also impressed with the young people driving in the parade. When I was young and working in the fields, if you could reach the pedals, you could drive a tractor. Nice to see some things haven’t changed.

For those that think we have a parking problem, on Friday night they were correct. I expect to see a petition requesting that John Donlevy build a 4,000 car parking garage before next year’s parade.

Have a good week.







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