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Flu Jab Blues

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Today, I am curled up on my sofa, wrapped in a duvet and feeling very sorry for myself.  Since November I have been promising to go to the chemist and get myself a flu jab. Purely Shutters goes out of its way to support the team and help to keep everyone healthy.  I even wrote the memo to remind all staff to get a flu jab and send their receipt to me to be reimbursed.  Did I get one? No I didn’t get around to it and now I am paying the price.

On the one hand, being “banned” from going into the office and sharing my lurgy with my co-workers is an appealing prospect, however I still have a mountain of work I need to do and doing it on my own, at home is not quite the same thing.

I do admire people who can work from home, it takes a lot of discipline as there are just many distractions.  Firstly I have the quirky humour and musical delights of the radio humming away in the background, which is giving me a combination of dreadful ear worms and flash backs to the days when I was younger and wilder.  Then there is the view from my living room window – I have tier-on-tier shutters in my living room, the bottom tier are solid shutters, and the top tier are plantation shutters.  Today the top tier is open to let in the light and distract me from my work.  Then there is coffee.  At work I probably drink 3 cups of tea or coffee a day, at home, especially if I should be doing something else, I can get through double that in the same timeframe.

I’ve had a look at my staff memo about the flu vaccination, and wonder why I didn’t do what I advised so many others to do!   After all, the Flu Jab is available, free on the NHS or at a very small cost in some local pharmacies, so it’s not exactly expensive!  The NHS Website says that “Flu can be unpleasant, but if you are otherwise healthy it will usually clear up on its own within a week.”  A week that now suddenly seems like a very long time. Why, oh why didn’t I get my flu jab?

I know that some people are conscientious objectors when it comes to any form of medicine or vaccinations. I do not fall into that category. I am a self-confessed wimp! If I feel in the slightest need I am more than happy to nip into the nearest Boots or Superdrug and ask what they recommend, I’ve even made a pledge to start taking Berocca which some people swear by!

Personally, I think it is all down the fact that I am trying to diet and have a dry January – my body must be in shock after the Christmas excesses.  There is only one solution that I can think of and that is a hot toddy this evening.  A Hot Toddy, for those who do not know what I am talking about you must try one.  Put a good nip of whisky, rum or brandy into a mug, add a tablespoon of honey, half a tablespoon of lemon and then you fill the cup up with boiling water.  Some people add a cinnamon stick, but I am not a fan of that.

lemon water

Alas I have some reports to go through to the goodly slug of rum will have to be skipped for now.  If you haven’t had your jab already, take it from me, flu is horrible.  Go on, nip down to your local doctor or pharmacist. I wish I had.


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