Monday, January 5, 2009

Day 36: Speed Limit

I took this picture in the parking lot over at the hospital when I went to get the second shot in the three part series of Gardasil. You can see the building in the "MILITARY HOSPITAL" sign on the building in the background. I normally give and recieve shots in the clinic that I work in, but we didn't have this one on stock. The military now offers it to all female Soldiers under the age of 25, so I'm just under the wire. I think it's amazing that we have a vaccination to prevent cancer. It's a pretty expensive vaccination (about $375 for the series), so I'm glad that I can get it for free. The benefits for this far exceed the risks, but after hearing all the side effects from any medication advertised on TV I can see why someone wouldn't ever want a pill or shot again. I mean I just heard one the other day that had a side effect of increased gambling. What? I just see some big casino owner in Vegas as the funder for the research and development of that medication. If you have any questions about it feel free to ask. I'm pretty well versed on immunizations since it's part of my job over here. I'm one of those nerds that reads all the package inserts and publications that come out on the CDC and FDA websites.

9 comments:

shadoob said...

Hi..another Stamp Shack gal here...Your blog is inspirational.
I have looked at your gallery and really enjoyed your art. I wonder how often you are able to create beauty over there..it seems it would be great therapy.
God be with you, Cheryl

runningonink said...

I love seeing the photos since I have only traveled a handful of times and no place over seas! I wish they had that vaccine when I was 25 years old! Hope you have a wonderful day!

Ethel Amutan said...

I, too, wish that vaccine was available when I was young. I know my mom would've had me get the shots. If I had a daughter, she would be getting the shots, also. You are definitely right in that the benefits far outweigh the risks. Good for you for taking care of yourself!!

christie said...

All I can say is wow!!! You are so young and have already gone through so much in your life. I hope for you safe return home to your family and in the mean time I hope you can have fun with your new copics!!
Christie from the Stamp Shack!

Kimberly said...

Thank you for serving our country. Thank you for your sacrifices!!

MJ said...

Wowza, I really got lost in your daily posts. Firstly, thank you for your service, it's greatly appriciated. My dad was a Navy SeaBee, and I am thinking of going into the service after I finish nursing school. We have a lot in common, stamping, and being a medic. I worked for 8 years on my local ambulance service. I will check-in often. Be Safe, and again Thank You

Loobylou said...

G'day Laura
sending you rubber hugs and sunshine from Western Australia. I enjoyed reading about your daily life, and looking in your gallery today. Thanks for the inspiration.
Sarah

Cindi said...

hi Laura, good for you for getting the vaccine. I like the speed limit sign, it's funny how small things can even show a change from place to place. how's the copics working for you?

Anonymous said...

Ahh yes! how awesome is this!>?
Its Super love.. I feel for this and you.