I zoomed into the Careggi hospital lab at 6:30 a.m. this morning. Even that early, I had 50 people in line in front of me. By 7:45, though, that number would have risen to almost 150…yikes. It’s a popular lab!
Unfortunately, since I am having some specific things tested (a few vitamins and my parathyroid hormone, e.g.), I won’t get my test results until mid December. Without those specialized tests, I would have had my results in 10 days. Bummer, since I am seeing my haematologist on November 26th and my endocrinologist on the 29th. Oh well. Can’t have everything!
Next week I am having a flu shot. If your immune system is compromised, ask your doctor about having a flu shot this year. And here is a word of caution. I always make sure that my vaccine doesn’t contain any mercury, i.e., that it is thimerosal-free, even though the percentage of mercury is supposed to be tiny. (Thimerosal is a mercury-based preservative.) Still, a percentage is a…percentage.
It’s a controversial topic, some studies report that the mercury contained in flu shots exits the body quickly without causing any damage, others that it can accumulate in the brain…well, my reason for choosing the no-mercury option is that I think we already have enough toxins in our food and environment…I just don’t see the point in adding any more, even if the risk might be (!) minimal. Might be…
Might not be…
Nothing much else going on right now. I am settling back into my regular, post-election life—reading and monitoring new (or not so new, sometimes) studies/research and so on. Life is good.
Yesterday, in the spirit of change, I changed my blog header image. It’s a portion of a lovely photo I took last month on a Cape Cod (Massachusetts, U.S.A.) beach.