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Fort Bend County, At Large
By Cheryl Skinner

This column expresses the personal opinions/views of the writer. If you would like to express your opinions/views regarding the column, write a SIGNED letter to the editor. Name can be withheld by request with a valid day time phone number.


Still time to get flu shots

Even though the flu season is waning, there is still time to get a flu shot.

If you remember correctly, last year the official flu season was over when the H1N1, then called the Swine Flu, hit hard and heavy locally and across the nation.

The H1N1 vaccine will be offered at two of FBISD’s campuses this week.

Fort Bend County Health & Human Services joined  FBISD and will offer the shots at both the Dulles and Hightower campuses.  

The vaccinations are free and available to everyone. No appointment is required.

The schedule is as follows:

Thursday, Feb. 25--Hightower High School, 3333 Hurricane Lane, Missouri City 3-7 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 27, Dulles High School,550 Dulles Avenue, Sugar Land, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

The big klutz 

Wow, have I had an interesting week.

I was trying to receive a fax from the boss last week. The relatively new fax machine decided to crater right on deadline.

That is normal.

So, I bolted out the door and into my husband’s shop to locate the perfectly good fax that I had stored because the new fax was more streamlined.

Found the fax, grabbed the box, pivoted, and dashed toward the door and... the next thing I saw was my feet. Above my head. The next thing I felt was pain—indescribable, excruciating, never want to feel it again type pain.

I landed on my backside but the pain felt like someone had taken my tailbone and rammed it with a burning hot rod all the way up my back.

I could not move and the pain was not going away. I was just a heap of pain in a heap on the shop floor.

To make a long story short, our daughter happened to be visiting, noticed I was missing, came looking for me and found me crumbled on the floor.

After some manual message and a lot of coaxing, I got up. Everything seemed to be working and I began to feel like an idiot.

For the next few days I thought I might be mending, but very slowly. I finally went to get x-rays and found out I had a compression fracture above my waist. I knew the pain took a long path before stopping that day.

The doctor’s said most people who fall like that are messed up in the lower back. They said I was lucky because I broke it higher.

Great news—I will not require bed rest and I can walk around. I will have to limit how long I sit at the computer and spend more time doing nothing.

And the really good news is that I’m on the mend and most of the pain is gone.

So, now that the bad part is over, the laughing and good-natured teasing has begun.

My husband has reminded me that the sign that adorns his shop door should be carefully read and adhered to.

After we first bought our home, he remembered an old TV show.

Seems he was a big fan of the Little Rascals and fondly remembered Spanky’s club sign that said no girls allowed in a real cute way.

Being the sweet wife that I am, I had a giant sign made for him that personalized it but said whatever Spanky’s sign said.

The joke is on me—I have been officially banned from the shop (aka clubhouse) and it is one rule I plan to adhere to without protest!

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