I Got A Flu Shot And My Arm Fell Off

October 30, 2014 — 5 Comments

Yesterday we had our flu shot clinic at work and I decided to have some fun with it.

Shocking, right?

When it was time to get my shot, I took off my sweatshirt so the nurse could get at my arm and then, well, watch this (click the CC button to see the transcription):

I’ll be honest, I was a little nervous! Only because I didn’t want to offend Barbara or make her uncomfortable. She loved it, though. In fact, several of my nurse friends have told me that it gets pretty annoying hearing “I hate needles!” all day long, so getting a little something out of the norm is greatly appreciated.

Know what else I learned by pulling this little prank? Humor is a funny thing. Literally and figuratively. Trust me, I know my sense of humor isn’t for everyone. I have the emails to prove it. When I posted on Facebook, though, asking if I should do this (rhetorically, of course), it was awesome to see all the responses in favor of it. My favorite was from a life-long friend of mine who said, “I can’t believe this is even in question!”

You guys know me. And I love you for it.

I’m sure there are some deep-seated issues related to my desire to make people laugh, but it’s who I am and it’s not going to change. You have my word that I’ll keep doing everything in my power to bring you humor, hope and help however I can. And I encourage you to do the same for those in your sphere of influence! Make them smile. Give them hope. Help however you can.

Can you imagine how awesome the world would be if we all did that?

Whoa, that got a little deep.

Scroll up, watch that video again and then pass it on.

And for the love of Pete, keep smiling!


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5 responses to I Got A Flu Shot And My Arm Fell Off

  1. A few years back I had an operation.
    The anaesthetist was trying to place the cannula (if that is the right word) in my left hand and having difficulty.
    He covered the arm and started walking around the bed.
    I said ‘Are you coming around to the other hand? It won’t be much good to you.’
    I am Judy imagining him thinking ‘I will decide if it will be any good to me.’
    He lifted the sheet, looked at my short arm and deadpan as could be said ‘Bloody smart women!’
    Back to the other side.
    Very funny.

  2. Lol this is so funny. I’ve made jokes though to nurses about my own prosthetic arm and amputation. I’m sorry about your dad suicide prevention is near to my heart too. Suicide attempt is actually how I lost my right arm two years ago.

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