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A walk on the beach

I drove to Morro Bay today, parked at the end of San Jacinto, walked through the housing development called "The Cloisters" and eventually out onto the beach, then walked on to Morro Rock. It was foggy, so much so that people were ghostly and silent from where I saw, and the rock loomed up suddenly out of nowhere. Quite a delight, because I thought it would take longer to get to it, and that I might not want to make the whole walk.

It isn't so much of a walk, really, given it took me about an hour and a half total, yet it still tired me. I was also not speedy en route, feeling achey, a bit draggy. Perhaps the cold that has settled in me is the cause of this lack of energy, or maybe just my need to keep at it, get it back over time.

Lovely there at the beach. The air was cool, the ocean mysterious and wonderful. I called my daughters to brag about it, hoping they'd be envious.


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May. 26th, 2003 06:20 pm (UTC)
Ah, I meant to reply this to one of your earlier posts. Have I already recommended flu jabs to you? Say if not, and I will say why. I don't muchly recommend any med stuff, but this is I seriously do.
May. 26th, 2003 06:30 pm (UTC)
I'm quite resistant to these shots. I can't give a good explanation, just that
1) I am not at risk for complications because I am in good health.
2) The shot only covers certain types of infections, leaves a lot of them out
3) I somehow like to tough things out.

Not good, I know. I am not as belligerent (probably not the right word) about this as I am about some other things. If all those reasons go away there is still laziness.
May. 26th, 2003 07:22 pm (UTC)
OK -but you want me to say why I think it's good?
May. 27th, 2003 06:14 am (UTC)
sure! go for it.
May. 27th, 2003 05:41 pm (UTC)
Thanks, the following I posted to fortysomething in feb or so.

BTW, Big Sister had deleted your comment and my anon, comments in that thread. Do you know if it is impossible for a forum moderator to delete comments/posts by someone who is a member at the time of posting? If you don't know, I'll do a little eperiment to find out.


Yesterday morning I felt slightly nauseous and lassitudinous. It was that unmistakable feeling of a cold coming on. If it took its ‘usual’ course then I expected that by the end of the day I would be feeding myself with bacon, eggs and garlic (yup, strange -the early stages of a cold gives me that craving), litres of orange juice and downing a bottle of cheapo red.

However, by the afternoon the feeling had gone and has not returned. This is c. the 4th time in the last year or so that this has happened. Why? I see three possible explanations:

1) That I have a much healthier lifestyle. Well, it’s 2 years+ since I did any charlie or whizz, 1 year for dope and poppers, 8 months since I stopped baccy (except for the odd cigar or rollie in a pub). But I still drink too much and am overweight. So I think not.
2) That I am feeling so much better about myself and the world that this happy bounciness has given my immune system a boost in the detection and annihilation department. As I’m seriously depressed and feeling uber-lonely, I think not.
3) Each Autumn for the last 4 or 5 years I have had a ‘flu’ vaccination. I have twice mentioned to the inoculating nurses at my GP’s that I seem to throw off colds much more since I started having annual jabs. On each occasion they have replied that several patients have commented to them on an increased resistance to colds following on regular flu jabs. They were surprised at this because flu and colds are different viruses.

I don’t what the situation is in the USA re. this. In the UK it seems to vary between practices. Mine used to charge £20, except for those in at-risk categories but now does is free for all. Even if it costs, it’s well worth it to have enhanced cold resistance. If, of course, it does so. Has anyone else here noticed that? But it’s also worth it just as a protection against flu – which is not at all a bad cold, as I thought until I got it 6 years ago.

Does anyone know re the degree of relationship between cold and flu viruses? I mean, is it similar to that between human and apes; or humans and dogs; or humans and cod; or humans and tomatoes – if those comparisons make any sense re viral taxonomy ????

But you must have it every year. It’s not to top-up the jab but because flu viruses mutate at such a rate that the infective strains change from year to year. So each year’s jab is a mix of virus shells from several strains.

Who knows … the jab may even help when the next flu pandemic comes along – you know, like the one that offed 10 million + in 1918. Forget re meteor strikes, terrorist radiological nukes and anthrax. This is the scare to scare you !
May. 27th, 2003 10:03 pm (UTC)
Here's what I do know: as we get older, we get fewer colds. We have developed immunity to a greater number of viruses so fewer can attack us. So I don't get many colds, can go a long time before one gets me. Then, when it does, I feel so resentful, like it should not have happened.

So I don't see any explanation for the flu shot and the resistance. There are so many possible explanations, though. Not smoking is really a rather big one.

But here I am, suffering with an eye infection. I doubt the flu shot would have helped here, but it doesn't make me much of a poster child for no-flu-shots.
May. 27th, 2003 10:16 pm (UTC)
yeah, i take the point about developing resistance with age. But it seemed to me really quite suddenly after 2 or so years of flu jabs and before I stopped smoking, and that others have said that to the nurses.

An eye infection, I think, would be bacterial, not viral.

So it's not a very strong case, I know, but the flu jab does me no harm and having once had flu - real flu, not a bad cold - I don't want it again.
May. 28th, 2003 06:12 am (UTC)
you may well be right. I'm just stubborn, unwilling to rely on this kind of medical intervention. But if the flu shot should come to me I might get it. That is, if the city gets a mobile unit to my workplace. Could happen. Otherwise, it isn't hard or expensive to get but I dunno.

Yes, bacterial eye infection. which is why I figure it will actually do me some good to get to a doctor today.
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