Weekend greetings from the East Coast, y’all! I’m in lovely Connecticut for our annual visit with family. Good food, great company, beautiful foliage…good times!
Some quick health and wellness tidbits:
Here’s a scary statistic about swine flu, from MSNBC:
Health officials said Friday that 76 children in the United States have died of swine flu since April, including 16 new reports in the past week — more evidence the new virus is unusually dangerous in kids.
The regular flu kills between 46 and 88 children a year, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data.
We plan on getting Maya the inhalable swine flu vaccine when we get back home. I’m pregnant and will receive a regular swine flu shot as soon as it’s available. All three of us have already received the standard seasonal flu shot.
What are your flu shot plans this year? Are you finding them hard to come by?
This editorial struck me for its harsh tone: the director of UPenn’s Center for Bioethics took health care workers to task for protesting mandatory flu shots.
Some health care workers have rallied against the requirements, saying their rights are being infringed. Arthur Caplan’s response:
Excuse me? What rights might those be? The right to infect your patient and kill them? The right to create havoc in the health care workforce if swine flu hits hard? The right to ignore all the evidence of safety and efficacy of vaccines thus continuing to promulgate an irrational fear on the part of the public of the best protection babies, pregnant women, the elderly and the frail have against the flu? Those rights?
I’ll admit I’m torn on this one…a part of me says we’re all in this together and everyone who can physically tolerate (and obtain) a vaccine should get one, but another part of me doesn’t like mandates. Caplan’s final point:
Look, there are legitimate issues that ought to be debated whenever someone says you must do something to benefit others ranging from taxation to restrictions on driving under the influence. But health care workers’ own code of ethics dictates that they put the interests of others — their patients — first.
Getting a flu shot is the least those who claim to be bound by professional ethics ought to do. It’s time to man-up and protect those at risk in our hospitals and nursing homes, along with each other, and make getting a flu shot a part of the responsibility of being a healer.
What do YOU think?
Finally, here’s a lighter, yet thought-provoking piece from Jezebel about high heels: why do women continue to wear them voluntarily?
And so the debate rages on: the sensible versus the defiant. Because there’s no justifying heels; it’s like smoking, only moderately less hazardous to those around you. And people wear them because they don’t have to, in defiance of sense and economy.
I’m torn about heels. I like high-heeled boots, but always prefer a chunky heel to a stiletto or spike heel. I love platforms and wedges because they give me height and some stability. I also dig that when I’m in heels, I’m taller than my husband. I’m relatively tall, especially for someone of Mexican descent, and I like accentuating my height with heels.
But I’m a mere pretender, if I’m being honest. Some women in my family live in heels (the comedian George Lopez used to do a bit about how Mexican women will wear high heels to Disneyland…and it was funny because it’s true).
I’ll wear heels for special occasions and even then, for short amounts of time. I coveted a pair of Manolo Blahniks until my DH surprised me one anniversary and scored me a pair (fuchsia with teal beading!) on eBay.
They are gorgeous…and they HURT LIKE A MOFO. I have worn them a handful of times…the last time was about a month ago at a wedding and I was 4.5 months pregnant.
I switched into flats for the reception because really, who was I trying to impress? I wasn’t going to risk a fall and/or sore feet for my vanity. Took me 34 years to reach that point
What about you? Where (or how) do you stand when it comes to high heels?
What’s everyone up to this weekend? We’ve got hockey games, apple picking, a museum visit and a day trip to New York on tap. Maya is on Cloud 9 visiting with her cousins, especially 11-year-old Emma, who she worships. They are sharing a bed and couldn’t be cuter together if they tried. Gotta admit, it makes me excited to be cooking a baby sister for her