Tuesday, February 16, 2021

THE SHOTS...

 







Just one week ago,
 we thought this never would happen. 
 We kept hearing that shots of the vaccine 
were being given around the country 
but our little corner of the world 
didn't seem to have gotten the message.
  I called the doctor's office,
 the health department, drug stores
 and everything else I could think of
but couldn't find a thing available, 
except on waiting lists. 
 Then last Tuesday, 
our son-in-law said he heard that
 CVS was opening up time slots, and making appointments for Thursday. 
 I went to bed with the computer on 
and kept getting up every three hours 
to see if I could find something but nothing,
 until around 8:00 AM 
and there it was.





Just to let you know 
this is not a photo of the Captain 
trying to steal a shot from a baby, 
although at that point in time,
we were ready to try anything! 

 I have just thrown in a few photos 
of a cruise to Alaska 
that we took a few years ago 
for lack of anything else to show.


I quickly put in the Captain's name and info 
and found that the
 closest CVS Pharmacy to us
 that was giving the vaccine 
was in Auburn,
 about a 45 mile jaunt, round trip,
 from us.  
I put in his name 
and got an appointment for 11:45, Monday morning, February 15. 
 By the time I filled out what was required 
and then entered my name,
 the only time slot I could get was 4:45, that same afternoon, so I took it.
  Everything was set and we knew
 we would have to make two trips on the same day,
 but that was OK as we could stop for dinner at In-N-Out Burger 
after my time slot. 
 We signed up for our
 second dose at the same time
 and it is scheduled for March 15, 
exactly one month from now.



One year ago, 
we were not really aware 
of what was to befall us
 in such a short time,
 and I wrote a post then
 that turns out was more truthful than I could ever have known. 
 It was almost as if I had a crystal ball
 and could look into the future. 
 It was called Kaleidoscope
 and you can read it again here
 One part that stands out to me was: 

 "A kaleidoscope of views 
that could be, 
and probably will be in another time,
 so much worse than
 they are right at this minute. 
 It is a phase and event 
that holds so much gratitude
 for the here and now..". 
 





 And the gratitude is very present
 after only one short year has gone by. 
 Who would have imagined that a vaccine 
would be researched, tested and made available to combat this virus 
in such a short amount of time? 
 After the initial signing up,
 it seemed that everything had finally fallen into place 
and we were set.  

Fast forward to the day of our shots:
  
We arrived at CVS in Auburn at about 10:30.
  We had received a call 
that the Captain needed 
to check in at the pharmacy
 before getting the shot 
to correct something on his record. 
 When we stepped into the store
 we were met with some confusion and people lining up in different directions.  
An employee was telling us
 that they were backing up and we would have a little bit of a wait.  
She suggested that we go
 back outside the store 
and check in about every fifteen minutes.  
We wanted to make sure our name and time
 was on her list so she checked 
and, no, we weren't there.
 At this time, however, she said they were letting husbands and wives go together
 so I didn't have to come back at 4:45. 
 She then told us to 
go to the back of the store
 and check at a window there. 
 As it happened, 
when I was putting the Captain's info 
into the computer,
 I misread the first number 
on his Medicare card, 
saying it was an S instead of a 5.  
After that was cleared up, 
that lady sent us to wait on aisle 16.  
We did and there were not
 too many in front of us 
so we got our shots 
within about 15 minutes.
  We might still be waiting in line now 
if it wasn't for my little mistake. 
 We waited for 15 minutes after 
to make sure there were no complications 
so, all in all, after the initial start, 
it was pretty smooth sailing. 
 The only down side was
that it was too early for dinner 
so we didn't stop at In-N-Out.





They have opened up vaccination spots 
in town now 
and as we just walked in the door
 from getting ours 
we got a call from a pharmacy in town.
  Oh, well.
  Now, someone else will get an easy one.
  Isn't that almost always the way things go?

 In real time,
 the outcomes are not too bad. 
My arm was sore last night and this morning
 but the Captain reports he feels fine.


Stay Smart

Stay Well

Stay Home

And

Wear Your Mask.


...Judy...





I could tell you 
this is what we look like today,
BUT, 
the time stamp on the photo said 2007. 
Time does have a way of flying by
 and, believe me, 
it is not that kind!


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18 comments:

  1. I am so happy you got your vaccine shot. Things in life are never easy. I cannot wait to get one. I will have to wait awhile. I would give anything to get one but will wait until it is my turn. Just glad Terry and My SIL and my daughter that all work in the health care fields and first responders are all done and vaccinated. Glad with all the confusion you were still able to get your shot after a long drive. Have a great new week Judy. Stay well and safe. xoxo

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    1. Thanks so much, Kris. Yes, glad we got through that one and am looking forward to getting the second in one month. We only have one kid left to get one. Tami got her's because of working with the animals and the public, Jake got his as he works for Kaiser and is flying to the different Kaiser hospitals and Jacenda is a nursing student working in the hospitals now. The only one left is Tim and his should be coming up soon. That is a big load off my mind. My arm is still pretty sore and I had chills last night but woke up feeling fine..Stay well..xxoJudy

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  2. That's awesome, Judy! So glad they let you go together. At least someone has some common sense at that store! I think the vaccines will be easier to get pretty soon. I heard some former government muckity muck who now sits on the board of Pfizer say that right now it appears that only about 2/3 of the country wants a shot. So within the next month or two all those early adopters will have received one and then everywhere will have them and will be begging to give them away. I guess we'll see about that. Just glad you got yours!! Hopefully you'll get that In and Out burger, too!! xo

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    1. Thanks so much, Kim. I'm glad we got it too. It was a huge problem just trying to find one but it does seem things are opening up now. The new strains are getting worse but hopefully most will get the shots as that will help that problem. Now with the shot I am happy to keep doing what we have been doing. The on line shopping is working out quite well..Stay Well..xxoJudy

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  3. SO glad you got your vaccines! YAY! Quite and ordeal but one well worth going through. I got number 2 today so in two weeks I will feel more relieved and less panicky, even though I'll still mask up and all that. You're right ago -- a year ago, who would have thought! Love the photo of you two!

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    1. Thanks so much, Jeanie. My arm is still sore and I had chills last night but this morning am feeling fine. Did you have much of a reaction from the second. Glad you are through. We don't know for how long but for now it is a great feeling. I wouldn't dare take a photo of myself now, I notice you do and you never seem to change, but my hair is gray and down to my shoulders, can't wear any makeup because I am too busy wearing a mask, but that is worth it too..Stay well..xxoJudy

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  4. Congrats...you are so lucky. Hubby has had his first and scheduled a second, but I'm only 7 months younger, and still waiting back. Like you I'm on every list there is...Hugs, and so happy for you! Stay safe, though! Sandi

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    1. Thanks so much, Sandi. We do feel lucky. It was a time finding any out there but now it seems to be getting easier. Hope you get yours soon, that's what you get for being such a youngster!..Stay well..xxoJudy

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  5. Judy, I am so glad you got your vaccines. What an ordeal. Do stay safe.

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    1. Thanks so much, Linda. I am glad too. What in life isn't an ordeal, these days? haha..Stay well..xxoJudy

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  6. So pleased to read you have had your vaccinations.
    I do like the photograph of the two of you.

    Take care, my good wishes.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Thanks so much, Jan. It seemed like a long time coming, but glad we got them too. You know how you could wish a little puppy could always remain like a little puppy? That is kind of like that photograph. But it doesn't happen! Just happy to be alive and healthy!..Stay well..xxoJudy

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  7. Glad you were able to get your shots. Janice

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  8. Glad you and your hubby got your first shot. I will have to wait awhile longer until I can get mine. Hubby will get his first as he's a little older than me. Still waiting for his though. Early or not I would've made sure I got that In n Out burger. Love that place!

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    1. Thanks so much. I'm glad we got them too. When we go down for our second, we will skip breakfast so we can be sure to stop for lunch. They are the best!..Stay well..xxoJudy

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  9. I had a huge grin on my face the entire time I was reading this, so happy you are 1/2 way to freedom! Love that they let you go at the same time and lol over no in and out burger 😉 darling pic of you two too!

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    1. Thanks so much. I am not too sure that we are half way to freedom. I have talked to people who still don't believe in wearing masks or have doubts as to whether they will get the vaccine or not, including from my own family members. It just makes me so sad, that these problems will keep us from ever going back to the way it was..Stay well..xxoJudy

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