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.)