Saturday, September 24, 2011

Barb Wire, Me And Tetanus Vaccine

Lovely yellow blossoms are what I wanted to see this Spring and Summer... except we didn't really have those seasons, so late September is better than never to see the blooms.

Thank you for the pumpkins and seeds, Mary G.!

It is supposed to rain tomorrow a little bit and then warm up again for a while. Hope we have enough warm weather left to have these little darlings turn into tiny pumpkins. Maybe?

I've been doing uninteresting stuff one of which was fixing and getting the barb wire fence ready for winter. I was trying to stake a shaky post and the post got away from me and hit me in the head.

Unfortunately, the part of the post that hit me had barb wire wrapped around it and the rusty sharp prongs got me.

The vaccine got me too. I had a reaction to the shot and was not feeling good at all for almost a week. But, that is way better than getting tetanus. It had been over 10 years since my last vaccination for tetanus so I was overdue for a shot.

The nurse started laughing when he saw my blood pressure record card... the last entry was in 2005... the only entry!

"Don't you go to the Dr. every year and have physicals?"
"Why not?"
"Because I don't."

I hate going to the Dr. so that automatically does away with physicals, etc. But, since I'm 70 now I guess I should seriously consider getting a flu shot and maybe a shingle vaccination? I guess I will have to call the Dr. and make an appointment to discuss the shots.

Stuff happens to me, but I just kind of ignore it and that works for me. I remember my women friends moaning about and having menopause problems and then running to the Dr. for hormone treatments.

I don't know... maybe it was putting up with horrid migraine pain and the equally horrid monthly periods that made menopause seem like not much and even rather welcome.

When I was young I remember my mother's people talking about, "I'm goin to keep goin 'til I fall apart like the one horse shay! Sounds good to me!

They really did have an old shay and farm wagons parked out in a back field. Poor things really were falling apart. I only saw them hooked up and pulled by horse teams during the local parade.

My mother was raised by her grandmother who was born in 1866 not long after the Civil War ended, so I am a few generations behind when it comes to a lot of things. I like the viewpoint from back here!


Carol@The Writers Porch said...

Sorry to hear about your mishap Callie. I'm the same way about doctors,I have to be dying to go but I do get the physical,mammogram and pap smear every year just for peace of mind.I don't remember the last time I had a tet shot. I never knew a difference when menopause came except for no period. Enjoy the fall weather! XO

LindaG said...

I refused the hormone treatments for the same reason. Never even considered them for a moment.

crafty cat corner said...

Just found your blog through John ( he with the chickens)
I hate going to the Dr and only go if really necessary, my motto is
'if it aint broke don't fix it'
worked so far although things are getting a bit creaky her and there.
I also love ginger and must try your way of making the tea.

Jess said...

I love your attitude. LOVE it! Unfortunately my thyroid is out of whack and my Dr. holds my medication hostage unless I go in every year.

It was a rotten gardening year here as well.

And you know, I just had my tetanus shot a few weeks ago, and it knocked me flat on my behind for almost an entire week too.

Martin and Amy said...


How eventful!

I hate injections, and I would have absolutely flipped if I had a reaction!

Hope you are feeling a lot better now!


JoyceAnn said...

Hi Callie ~ Glad all is well with you. My pumpkins didn't produce anything this year , only had a dozen or so squash. It was a long hot summer , didn't have much rain. Hope you have better luck !

Blessings , JoyceAnn

Lana at said...

I remember my mother trying out the hormone treatments and they made things so much worse that she went all-natural as well. I think it is the best way to go from many women in the family.

And, you are 70 and out there repair barbed wire are like the people in my family, they all say that you don't even get started with living until you hit 70! My uncle works in Orange County, California for the city and he's in his mid 80's. My grandmother is in her mid 80's and still takes water exercise, dances and has a ball, but she always says, "If I'd known I'd be living this long, I would have taken better care of my body and lived with more boredom." haha

I am 43 and we're trying to get moved out to our land full-time...I had a outlaw-inlaw tell me recently that we were "too old" to live in the country. I failed to see how living in the city with the pollution, crime and congestion could be better?

Anyway, I've enjoyed your blog and am hoping you are doing better. I am highly allergic to the Tetnus part of the DPT shot and have not been able to have another Tetnus since I was a child. But, in your situation, the alternative is not much better, glad you got the shot.

I'll be back!

Amish Stories said...

I thought id stop by your blog and say hello. And i hope your enjoying the beautiful fall weather that has begun. Richard from Amish Stories.

Aunt Kristin said...

Thank you for your lovely comment on my blog! We haven't bought any Halloween candy yet either, so you're not alone. It's probably just as well, as I have a weakness for stealing a few pieces of candy to put in my lunch when I have to work that day.

Sorry about the tetanus shot. I, too, stay away from doctors. Too many germs in those offices. (Says the gal that works in a school district. Lol!)

Love your blog, by the way. Cute, cute title and I have a fondness for farm animals. I want a miniature horse so bad.


Knatolee said...

Poor you, that sounds very ouchy!! And reminds me to check the date of MY last tetanus shot. I like the "one horse shay" saying. :)

Tanya said...

Sorry you had the barbed wire incident. I'm not fond of doctors either but get scared into doing annual stuff. Menopause is for the birds! I'm not liking it!