Friday, August 15, 2008


I had something to say. I think. Let's see what flows out of me.

Got my second shot in the arm of Gardasil today. One shot left, four months down the road. Thank god, they STING.

In case you're wondering, Gardasil is a newly developed vaccine that guards against 4 different strains of HPV, two of which cause 70% of cervical cancers, and the other two cause nearly 90% of genital warts cases. It's given in the form of three shots; second one given two months from the first and the third four months from the second.

There's been a HUGE push from the provincial government to get young girls vaccinated - I think it's now mandatory for all Grade 8 girls to receive it; I'm not sure if it's actually covered (cost-wise) by the provincial government though?

The vaccine is only good for girls between the ages of 9 to 26 and the cost is ridiculous - 360$ for all three shots. HOWEVER, because my mom has an awesome health plan, it's 100% free. I won't lie; that was a major factor in me deciding to get the shot. Others were that it's a worthy vaccine to get (I like those odds of preventing cancer, don't you?) and I'm in the right age bracket. Add free to the mix and why not? I think I would have been foolish to pass up this opportunity to get it.

ACTUALLY, little story that just highlights this amazing plan: When I got the prescription filled for the shots, they gave me 2 of the 3 shots, with the instructions to keep the 2nd shot in the fridge until it was time to stick it in my arm. I put it in Keith's fridge, clearly marked with my name, and then Keith and I went to Stratford for the weekend. Came back, the shot was gone...Keith's roommate denies throwing it out, but COME ON, pharmacy bags don't just grow legs and walk away, you DINGBAT. Anyway, I was all worried that I'd have to pay for it, but I called and checked and even though I now needed the second shot to be dispensed twice, IT WAS STILL FREE. (It's little things like that that make me so grateful and proud to be Canadian - I shudder to think of the situation would have been if I was, say, from the US.) Boom-shaka-laka. That was a lucky one!
Olympics are messing with my sleep schedule something awful. I stay up late to watch them and then sleep half the day away. Did anyone catch yesterdays gymnastics? SO happy she got the gold, I thought she really deserved it (those legs! OMG!), and especially after her fall on vault the day before that made her team slip into second. I imagine it was a nice validation after a VERY crappy day for her. Aside: Don't those Chinese girls look young?? Like, SUPER young? Keith actually wondered if we were exploiting children by watching them.

Michael Phelps got another gold and another world record. He looks so tired. Tired and not really enjoying himself anymore - it looks like he's just pushing himself through until the finish. I also heard he's consuming 12,000 calories a day - his breakfast has to be broken up into two parts and 1,000 of that is just energy drinks. CRAZY. But, oh god, his body. *drools a bit* Ahem. Sorry. Carrying on.....(why is it I find that attractive but I would never actually consider dating a muscley guy? I like my guys to have padding, thank you very much)

I kinda think this might be the first Olympics we get zilch medals. Oh well. Hopefully I'll be eating my words by the end of next week....the track athletes look promising, and so does our women's softball. Actually, they look DAMN good. I really think we have a decent shot at a medal there.

Kay, I think that's it. Gotta check on my fries lunch, and then start cleaning. Must resist napping....


Kamie said...

*faints* I hate shots. But I have ever heard of that series of shots. Thanks for sharing info. (And I can't believe it disappeared!! How frustrating!)

I am totally with you on sleep schedule. I don't think I have to stay up as late as you, but I have been staying up until 2ish, then I have to get up at 6:30AM-7:00AM. I love watching them, but I'll be a little bit glad when I can go to sleep earlier! I mean, I can't miss anything!! :)

And I thought the Gymnastics last night was AMAZING! I was so excited for Nastia to get Gold and Shawn to get Silver! I thought it was a great competition! Go USA! :)

I can't believe that Canada hasn't received any metals. That is crazy. Go Canada! There is still time! :)

I swear there is no way those chinese girls are 16. They look so young!

Kelly said...

NZ hasn't got any medals yet either :(

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Kelly said...

Well our medal count just picked up hugely in one day - 2 bronze, 1 silver, 1 gold and possibly another medal tonight in the shotput (but I am too sleepy to stay up and wait for it)