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.