With apologies to Taylor Swift, I am never, ever, ever going through a flu season without getting a flu shot.  I just spent the last week or so trying to overcome this year's dreaded influenza, and it hasn't been pretty.  Between the hacking, the fever, the coughing fits, the sniffles, body aches, and, oh, did I mention the coughing and hacking...I would rather have been subjected to a week long marathon of Honey Boo Boo.

But, this is all my own fault.  I didn't get my flu shot even though I had planned to on many occasions.  What's the old saying?  The road to Hell is paved with good intentions.

I know the flu shot is not a guarantee that you won't get the dreaded virus, but even if you do, the symptoms are not supposed to be as severe.  I would have certainly opted for that.  Instead, I adding another complication onto the virus by taking on some bronchitis, and I think my eyeballs are now set a little further outward in my sockets.

I've had several folks ask me if the flu is really as bad as they say it is this year and my response is "I really didn't feel too bad, as long as I didn't use my lungs".

If you haven't done so, get the flu shot.  The flu season will still be going strong for another 4-8 weeks.