Tuesday, December 31, 2013

It's New Year's Eve!

I'm shocked by how quickly the holidays have flown by this year.  Hell, I'm shocked by how fast 2013 went by.

I am a little apprehensive about the coming year because Bill is leaving the Army and we have to make some decisions about what to do next.  On the other hand, it's also a little exciting to know that the Army will no longer dictate when and where we move.  Hopefully, we will be able to find a place we like and put down some roots.  Maybe I can get a life, once and for all!

The flu hit my poor mother-in-law a couple of days after I came down with it.  She says she could have gotten it from us or she might have gotten it at her job, where there have been other infected individuals.  This bug is extremely contagious, though.  Bill says that at work, people were hacking and quite a few were pretty sick.

I mostly feel better, except for the sore nose and cough.  My voice is mostly better, though maybe still a touch on the hoarse side.

Yesterday, I posted an article on Facebook about a 29 year old nurse who was fired from her job because she didn't want to take a flu shot.  I am a little torn on the issue.  I hate the idea of forcing people to do things they don't want to do.  This nurse has had three miscarriages and is worried that the vaccine might damage her unborn child.

On the other hand, this flu is very nasty and anyone with a compromised immune system needs all the protection they can get.  While one can argue that the pregnant nurse should be concerned about getting the flu herself, the fact is, she may be exposing sick people to the flu virus.  True that the flu vaccine doesn't protect against every strain and that the viruses mutate, which lessens the vaccine's efficacy.  But it's better to have some protection than none.

One of my friends is from Germany and she was shocked at how many healthcare employers impose these vaccination requirements on their employees.  She says that in Germany, doctors don't recommend the vaccine for pregnant women.  And then she added that no one can force her to be vaccinated.  My response is that the pregnant nurse was presented a choice.  Take the shot or be fired.  In many states, a person can be fired for most anything.  Not all healthcare organizations require the flu vaccine and it does seem to me that this nurse could have been otherwise accommodated with different duties during her pregnancy.  There's probably more to the story.

I also shared a viral photo of some guy's hospital bill… Which also generated quite a lot of discussion from people wanting to bash Obamacare.  Look, the Obamacare roll out has been a total disaster, but I reserve judgment as to whether or not it's going to be effective once it gets rolling.  We haven't yet had a chance to see if it'll be effective or not because it's not really in full effect yet.  At the very least, we need to do something about healthcare in this country and the fact that it costs so damn much.  It's shameful that people can't afford healthcare when they need it.

Other than that, the last few days have been pretty quiet.  I'm just trying to kick this sickness and hoping that if we go somewhere out of the country next month, I don't end up with another virus.


  1. My pseudouncle said that in namy parts of central and northern Eropse, as in manily Scandinavia, Switzerland, Austria, amd Germany, people are somewhat leery of vaccines.

    It would be best if any requirements relating to vaccines in the workplace were made known upfront when a person was hired. On the other hand, more virulent strains of illnesses can come up after the fact, as can extenuating conditions such as pregnancy. At least a general policy should have been mde known prior to hiring, i.e. "the employer, in the interest of patient well-being, reserves the right to mandate vaccines as regional or local outbreaks of illness arise." I agree that it would seem that the nurse could have been assigned alternate duties.

    The move from military to civil employment, while exciting in terms of the freedom it affords you, must at the same time be somewhat daunting.

    1. I have a feeling Bill will be okay. He has a lot of "friends" who like his work and isn't seeking to completely change his line of work. Also, there's a lot going on in San Antonio. But it's still scary because it's a big unknown.

      As for the nurse, I have a feeling there's more to the story than just her desire to avoid vaccines. But it did lead to an interesting discussion, nonetheless.

  2. "in MANYparts of northern and central EUROPE"


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