Oink, Oink


It was about 7 weeks ago that I lasted visited my transplant center for my routine heart biopsy, EKG, blood and urine labs. At that time I was give some instructions ……. various tests I needed and GET the H1N1 vaccine.

Almost every day for the past 7 weeks I’ve been seeking the vaccine. I’ve my doc’s to the point where I think my picture pops up on their “caller ID” and they don’t answer any longer. I’ve called city & county health departments. I’ve scanned the internet. I’ve even called family members that are in the medical profession and in each and EVERY case, it’s been a fruitless search.

Yesterday, that changed. My city decided to have an additional clinic. I didn’t hear about it until about 45 minutes after it started. It was in a section of town where I rarely venture, but I told my wife it is day light, so let’s at least drive past and see how busy it was. (Other clinics for kids and their parents have had lines 2 to 3 hours long)

We arrived and there was a parking spot near the door. We sort of tip toed inside and we were met by a larger woman, complete with a “I don’t want to be here scowl” and she appeared to be some sort of guard. She eyes us over and asked if we were “eligible”. I said “excuse me?” She observed that I was NOT pregnant, not a child under 18 years old and exactly what made me think I was eligible?. I looked her right in the eye and smiled, “I had a heart transplant 921 days ago. I think that qualifies me. She smiled and said, “Yep, sure does” A quick form and signature later, and off to stand in line …… maybe only 50 people ahead of me. But with 6 nursing stations it moved right along ……… all together we were there 30 minutes.

My wife keeps hearing these oinking noises ……. oink, oink.

(PS: This whole H1N1 system needs to be investigated.)

About DAP

I am a heart transplant recipient and these are my stories and thoughts. My desire is to assist others pre or post heart transplant in anyway possible. Please feel free to contact me if you have a question.
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