Oh my god, people will tell you that getting pregnant cures more than maladies of the uterine persuasion? I just found I have endometriosis, and I’ve decided that the next person that suggests I create a person to improve my own physical state might have to die.
I did an online health test which said everything was perfect except I work too much and should have 3-4 babies to reduce my cancer risk….
I love your work, and frankly, I’d like to see you make more of it (I know, touching)…so, here’s a list of links regarding vaccinations and immunizations (I didn’t see you make any mention of getting flu shots as a preventative measure, or any other shots…so I’m I recognize that I’m making a big assumption here).
All of these pages are from the HHS (Department of Health and Human Services), and derivatives (such as the CDC). Happy reading!
Who should get the Flu shot:
Flu vaccination information page:
Archived page of 2009 prevention through vaccination of secondary pneumococcal infection (i.e., you’ve got a first thing, like the flu, and then you get a second thing, like pneumonia):
Medicare and Medicaid (via HHS) adult immunizations information:
A questionnaire to help you see where you are with immunizations:
Here’s a detailed adult immunizations schedule:
It’s a pledge ^_^!:
Obviously take this “medical advice” with a grain of salt, but you should consider getting your immune levels checked out sometime. I used to get awful colds (that would turn into sinus infections) practically monthly, and finally a persistent allergist did some blood work and found out that one of my antibodies was super low. I got a shot (pneumovax, which is usually only given to old people and the immuno-compromised! yipee!) and now I rarely get sick. It’s the best. (Although I do miss the reading in bed).
ANYWAY in less “unsolicited advice from a stranger,” I really love your comics!
Hi Lucy! Happy Birthday! There’s no better cure for flu than bed&books… but only when fever let you read! With +39ºC inside, even kitties are annoying and nauseating; fruit juice tastes bad, and even Little Lulu comics are as difficult to read as mathematic books.
Hope you recover soon
Those germs w/ the crystal skulls are awesome.
Happy birthday. May you be free of well wishing annoying advice givers with *just* the right cure for what ails you.
Dear Lucy’s momma,
I ruined my mom’s body by being conceived. She nearly died during the pregnancy, and that ended with me being c-sectioned out a month early. Her health has never been the same, and it wasn’t even bad before I came along.
Love, Demon Baby, the destroyer of health
In all seriousness, I am stunned by my body’s awesome immune system despite me staying inside my house probably even more than you do! Weird things, bodies. And HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Lucy! I feel like I’ve gotten the present by reading your comic today! Hope you have an awesome-rific b-day!
OHmygod, I really love your immune system depiction. the ‘Whatever attitude’ is v. funny. Also digging the way you draw Nora (and I agree about blocking you from WebMD. That site’ll make you crazy!)
Happy Birthday, lady!!! Ah, I used that trick also (lamp/thermometer) and eventually I got accustomed to using the faucet (though it didn’t work very well with electric ones).
I’m always sick so I completely understand. I pick up everything that’s everywhere, I swear. Though, I’ve been much better not working in retail having to talk to all those people and touch all the dirty money. Ick!
There is nothing, NOTHING better than cozying up in bed after calling out of work or school and reading a book, I usually stick with books I’ve read previously being feverish I’m not sure I’d remember something new I’ve read. When all else fails, I sleep, I always have the most crazy, most awesome fever dreams.
E.T. trick combined with Ferris Buller’s Day Off trick of warm washcloth on forehead and I was good to go … errr … stay home.
It truly is a miracle cure, the bed-y-bye book.
I can confirm that being pregnant doesn’t get you a free pass for being ill…AT ALL! You’re ill the whole 9 months.
this comic represents exactly what i’ve been going through the last month, except the pregnancy part!
ps i wish they would let you know after giving blood that you are in tip-top shape.
The lettering at the top is the best. Ever.
Well. Maybe you should give blood less?
I’m no expert, but the Red Cross won’t let me give blood because I don’t weigh enough for my height. Giving blood weakens you, and tends to put you more at risk. (at least for a period after you give). So if you give blood often, try to take as much time to lay down and stay healthy and avoid things for a few days.
Also, get your antibodies checked out, like “catie” said.
Might not be whether you wash your hands, but what you wash them with. A lot of the soaps in the US have triclosan, which may be not only pretty bad for us, but isn’t really statistically more effective than plain old soap!
The red cross wont let me give blood because I lived in Europe in the 1980′s and thus was potentially exposed to mad cow disease. I think they just don’t like long haired freaky people. >_0
I know, they’ve got a LOT of rules about it that seem over the top, especially considering that they test every donation. Nobody I know can come with me to donate because they don’t qualify. They hate everyone!
Hmmm, I usually don’t get sick enough to stay at home anymore, and with my work I feel an asshole when I actually DO stay at home.
Gorgeous art, as always!
And a big THANK YOU for donating blood. As someone who received a lot of transfusions once upon a time, I can assure you that it’s appreciated by the recipients. Imagine fasting for a week, and then being served giant plate of rich food, donated to you by strangers. That’s what a timely pint of blood feels like. Your generosity is the high point of someone’s day.
Awesome as usually Lucy! I hate being sick as well! While i havent been ill in a long while, i do suffer from severe year around allergies. Having a bad allergy day can feel just as bad as having the flu. Hope you feel better and stay healthy!
I too am a sickly adult and it is terrible! I eat well, I exercise, I wash my hands and avoid people with colds but I am sick at least every two months with something that puts me down for days. I think that because of these I get treated like a not-quite-adult by the people I work with and my professors at school (I am 24) like they might think that I fake it or something.
No, I really am capable of going from sore throat to vomiting in a day. Not making that up, do not have make-up time.
I used to get mild fevers a few times a year, but they’re rarer since my job in San Francisco went away. Go figure.
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