Drat! I’ve lost my super power!

Super Me!You know all my life I’ve taken pride in one thing– no, it’s not my pole dancing (you wish it was my pole dancing) – It’s my one super power– my super powerful immune system.

People always say, “Well at least you have your health.”  Well, yeah, duh. It’s been a given.  I’ve never not had my health, until now.

I’ve scoffed at death, laughed in the face of disease.  As a critical care nurse I’ve helped the sickest of the sick.

Influenza?  Pow!

Meningitis?  Zap!

The Common Cold?  Kablam!

Strep Throat?  Kablooey!

Oh sure, I suffered through the usual childhood chickenpox, measles, mumps… And there was this one ear thing that stopped my budding Olympic swimming career cold- but never you mind that.

Let’s talk about these stupid yellow jacket venom injections.

Since I began getting these injections so I won’t die from a single yellow jacket sting, I’ve been catching every bug known to man.

If I’m at the grocery store and a woman twelve aisles away from me sneezes, I catch whatever she’s spewing.

Oh, walking into the clinic to get my venom injection?  Through the hoards of parking lot zombies?  Walking all the way down to the far end of the long long long corridor?  Past all the kiddies?  Past the old folks?  Everyone coughing?  Hello?  Please people, could you put on your bubble helmets before you leave the house?

Taking care of my husband?  I won’t do it anymore.  If he gets sick again I’ll be forced to move into the dog run.

This is the second time in five months I’ve caught a virus from him that’s become pneumonia and this time is way worse than the first time.

This is so not funny.  I want my super power back!  I had one super power and it’s been stripped from me.  Life isn’t fair!

Wasp venom is my Kryptonite.


Your Kryptonite.

My Kryptonite.

My Kryptonite.




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27 Responses to Drat! I’ve lost my super power!

  1. Tim Dittmer says:

    Jeez, lady. Hoping you get better pretty quick.

  2. Marie Kennedy says:

    Hope you feel better soon Julia! :-)

  3. Amber Skyze says:

    Those damn bees. It sucks being sick. Hope it passes quickly.

  4. Kerry Dwyer says:

    Sorry to hear you are still sick. I wonder what is in that venom to reduce your immune system. Yes I know it is poison but it’s supposed to increase your immune system sin’t it not kill it off? Hope you get better soon.

  5. Hi Kerry. What the increasing doses of venom do is trick your immune response into not reacting to a foreign substance. They reduce your immune response instead of a vaccination which makes you immune to a disease. Behind an allergic response is a hyper-vigilant immune system. ;)

  6. Yeah, thanks, Amber. I can lift my head but wow, I feel lousy. Amazing.

  7. Poor Baby. Will the effect of the shots settle down when you’re done with them?

  8. Tom Stronach says:

    I can only say one thing to this

    Jules, thanks for reminding me what a delicious little honey was as Supergirl, Dewey Eyed at the memory……………

    BTW, get well soon xxxxxxxx

  9. Tom Stronach says:

    That should ave said

    Thanks for reminding me what a delicious little honey HELEN SLATER was as Supergirl


  10. Sandra Cox says:

    Toes crossed you’ll recover your super powers quickly. Hugs

  11. Jeez! Maybe they should check what’s in the shots. My mom got a shingles vaccine and 2 days later got shingles. Good thing you live with a doctor. S

  12. Allergy to bees, huh? Wow, that’s a hard balance. Like you said, allergy injections trick your body. Hope you’re better soon.

  13. Well, Stephanie, J.W. Manus says they will and she’s been through it so I’m encouraged.

  14. Yeah, she was cute, Tom. ;)

  15. I know what’s in the shots, Steph – yellow jacket venom, white-faced hornet venom and honey bee venom. Mixed venom! Quite a cocktail!

  16. Yes, Greta, tricking my body into not reacting. However I don’t have much choice as this is big yellow jacket country.

  17. Casey Wyatt says:

    Feel better Julia! Curse those evil wasps!!

  18. How long do you have to take the injections? When you stop, will your super powers return? Probably not, huh? More likely the yellow jackets start winning again, right?
    Technically, this is a true dilemma: making a choice between two or more equally undesirable choices.
    Sorry, Julia.
    I hope things work out and you feel better…stronger…more immunely super-powered again.

  19. Thanks, Marylin. If I can get better I’ll make it to maintenance in another month or so and then it’s once a month for 4 years.

  20. Ray Plasse says:

    I just can’t imagine what you are going thru. Obviously it’s better then dying but pneumonia really sucks! I’m glad the effects will calm down later. Feel better soon!

  21. Thanks, Ray. Thought you were going to say– but wait, I thought seeing ghosts was your superpower? And I would answer – no, that’s my anti-superpower!

  22. Ray Plasse says:

    But wait I thought making me feel like I let you down with my comment was your superpower! :p I gotta stop being all serious and concerned.

  23. Teasing you, Ray! But frankly I do appreciate the concern. This is a rotten illness.