Today I beat a demon that has been tormenting me for my entire life. I have had a huge needle phobia for as long as I can remember. When my mom took me to the doctor’s office, even just for a check up, I would start sweating and hyperventilating and freaking out. Those days are all over!!! I got my flu shot today and I didn’t cry, squeeze the nurse’s hand so hard that she screamed, or have the urge to curl up in my dad’s lap and sob uncontrollably (all of which I have done… the latter took place in a free shot clinic. I was sixteen).
That is personal growth my friends. I have come a long way from the days my mom had to write “shots” backwards on the calendar (looked like “stohs”) so I wouldn’t have to be dragged kicking and screaming to the doctor’s office. Looking back, that didn’t even work because I figured it out in like six minutes but it’s really the thought that counts. My mom knew that my blood pressure would skyrocket and she wanted to protect me. I think what I’m trying to say in a really roundabout way is that if I can get a flu shot all by myself without anyone’s help, anyone can! I think it is a responsibility of people that are financially able to get a flu shot so that they will not get infected and infect people who can’t get vaccines. The flu shot is jacket expressible and only $20! GET YOURS NOW!