Whiskey Tango Friday

Flu Season is always fun. Go get your shot, or perhaps you’d like to ram this plastic tube up your nose and inhale deeply?

With the prevalence of H1N1 this year, the horror stories and myths a sure to abound.

I admit, I thought this one was a sure thing hoax when I read it. Turns out it’s not.

Desiree Jennings thought it would be a good idea to get the seasonal flu shot. Her job offered incentives for it, and she didn’t want to get sick.

Ten days after she got the shot at a Reston Safeway, she did get sick.

“I got flu-like symptoms — nausea, vomiting, body aches, fever — then was lethargic for a week and started blacking out,” said Jennings, an AOL employee and Washington Redskins ambassador hoping to one day be a cheerleader for the team, the Loudoun Times-Mirror reported.

Doctors couldn’t figure out why her ability to speak and walk were so adversely affected. She saw neurologists, physical therapists and psychologists.

Finally, doctors at Johns Hopkins figured it out, diagnosing dystonia, a rare neurological condition with no cure brought on by infections, brain trauma or, as is believed in her case, reaction to medication. It causes body jerks and abnormal or repetitive movements.

There’s a video at the linked report.

Anyway you slice it, that’s just messed up.

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2 Responses to Whiskey Tango Friday

  1. Anon says:

    The fact is that most vaccines carry a risk of neurological disorders. Autism, lou gehrigs (sp?) disease, epstein-barr, etc… Read the CDC fact sheets about the shots.

    No easy answers here. Clearly the world is better because of the elimination of polio, small pox, etc… But there’s risk. Each person has to make an informed decision.

    But we should also demand that vaccines be made as safe as possible. The current CDC, NIH, and, certaily, big pharm positions don’t seem like they’re particularly interested in figuring out WHY people like the cheerleader developed problems and to CORRECT the ROOT CAUSE.

  2. fastnav says:

    I think you’re right.

    Pharmacy is big business, anyone who says differently is just selling something else.

    Look at all the advertisements for disorders I never even knew existed that you see on TV today (and no, not just the Enzyte guy). They’re all convincing you that you might get X disease, so take our pill. Oh, by the way, some side effects are headache, fever, bleeding from the anus, locusts from the mouth, and your spleen jumping from your chest like that scene in Alien.

    But it’s ok. It’s for our own good….and their penis pocket size.

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