Monday, October 24, 2011

Freaky Lump

If you have ever gotten a flu shot before, then you are familiar with the brief questionnaire that you have to fill out before you receiving your vaccine. As someone who is certified to give immunizations, I am quite familiar with this questionnaire. Well, one of the questions that the patient must answer is something along the lines of “Are you sick today?” and this is to ensure that the patient’s immune system is in good shape.

As a pharmacy student, it is required that we get a seasonal flu shot, just as it is for most health care workers. Of course, like most other things in my life, I’ve been putting it off until the last possible second. I was tired of procrastinating so yesterday I finally got it taken care of.


Unfortunately, I also haven’t been feeling the greatest for the past couple of days so getting a flu shot yesterday was probably not the smartest idea. I’ve had an on and off sore throat for a few weeks, Saturday night I woke up feverish with chills, and I have a severely swollen lymph node on the right side of my neck that is seriously freaking me out.


Why I decided that getting a flu shot when I’ve been feverish was a good idea, I don’t know. However, I do know that while the flu shot will not make you sick, it is certainly not helping me get better right now. While I highly recommend getting vaccinated, be a good patient and if you’re sick with a fever, then just wait.

Oh, and BTW, I’m a slight hypochondriac and I would really appreciate it if any medical students/doctors out there would tell me that the freaky lump (how’s that for a technical name?) on my neck is not a tumor or something and that it will go away soon. Thanks.


In an effort to put some nutrients in my body, yesterday’s lunch menu consisted of a spinach salad


with the usual toppings of dried cherries, feta, and sunflower seeds


Plus lots of toasted pumpkin seeds, which were munched on all afternoon.


To prepare the seeds, I rinsed all the “pumpkin guts” off, then tossed them in a little EVOO and garlic salt. Then I spread them out on a greased baking sheet and baked them at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes, stirring them about halfway through.


You can also experiment with different seasonings and spices to make the seeds whatever flavor you want. Yesterday I read about someone making cinnamon sugar seeds – I’m definitely keeping that in mind for next year!


I don’t have much else to post in the food department. Since I haven’t been feeling too hot, my appetite has kind of been weird. I had a peanut butter wafflewich for dinner last night


And a pumpkin spice Frappuccino after an easy day at my rotation this morning.



Alright, my bed’s calling my name. See yaaaaaaaaaa!


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