Nov 4, 2009  •  In Personal

Have You Gotten Your Flu Shot?

Right before I miscarried, I came down with a severe case of the flu. I was bedridden for days with a fever spiking at 102°F, debilitating body aches, and nausea.

It remains to be seen whether what I had contracted was the swine flu. Since I was feeling better by the time I made it to the doctor’s office, I did not ask to be tested — which, in hind sight, was a very stupid thing to do — because my first priority was the baby. By the time we realized the baby was in trouble, I became too preoccupied with trying to keep the little one stay inside of me to pursue my own illness.

Although I had been planning on getting the H1N1 vaccination when I was pregnant, I was a bit nervous because I had never gotten the flu shot before. In addition, almost everyone I knew seemed to get sick after receiving the shot.

Now that I am no longer expecting, I am not on the priority list for the H1N1 vaccination. However, with the media frenzy over the swine flu and my poor track record with winter illnesses (I get sick every time there is a drastic change in temperature), I started to consider it for myself.

Then I stumbled upon a story about the ill effects of the H1N1 vaccination in Sweden. Then there was the news that broke out about the German chancellor and his ministers receiving a different version of the vaccine.

I dug deeper, and found a treasure trove of conspiracy theories regarding the swine flu, the H1N1 vaccine, and vaccinations in general. Take a look for yourself.

Have you gotten the H1N1 vaccination? What was your experience like?

If you have not been vaccinated, do you plan to in the near future?

Is there anyone else out there — who, like me, tends to believe everything she reads/hears — who is at least a bit disturbed by the ominous stories surround the swine flu and its vaccine?

Nov 2, 2009  •  In Art/Design, Blogging, Giveaways, Web

Custom Illustration Giveaway!

Do you like what you see on this blog? Did you enjoy my Halloween theme, or my change in hairstyles?

Now you can have your own custom illustration, designed by yours truly!

One winner will receive a custom illustration in the style of the Geek in Heels. The pose, props, and color scheme may all be chosen by this lucky individual.

The illustration will be delivered in EPS and PNG formats so you can choose to do whatever you want with it! All I ask in return is that you let me post it online here on this site.

You can enter in two ways:

  1. Leave a comment below
  2. Tweet about the giveaway, tagging @geekinheels and inserting a link to this page

The deadline to enter is Friday, November 6th at 12pm Eastern Time so be sure to get your entries in before then! The winner will be chosen at random and announced here later that night.

Good luck to all!

ETA: The avatar in my header is not 100% original, as I have written about several times in the past (see here for an example). It is an illustration from iStockPhoto which I edited a few years back when I first started the Geek in Heels blog, and never changed because it fit so perfectly with the premise of the site. Please be assured that the illustration I will do for the winner of this contest will be an original.