First of all, I hope that you had as nice a weekend as possible in these difficult and stressful times. My weekend was rather unusual – a break from staying in bed all day!
If you visited this blog on Wednesday, you would have seen that I was contacted with the offer of having my COVID-19 vaccination on the Saturday. Instead of the local hub, I was invited to a much larger nearby city hospital. We tried to find out if I should wait until I had a place at the local hub, but, in the end, decided to make the journey. Lovely Husband was very worried that I wouldn’t be able to cope with the travel. I was worried that I wouldn’t be able to cope with walking across the hospital to the vaccination centre!
Anyway, Saturday came along. To distract myself from my anxiety, I had planned a nice outfit based on one of my favourite Hermès scarves – bearing in mind that snow was forecast. I will show you the outfit in Friday’s post. LH and I packed a bag with snacks which proved essential!
The drive there was fine and I felt so pleased to be able to see the outside world for the first time in months. We also parked very easily and close to the hospital’s main entrance. The walk, or rather, trek through the hospital was difficult for me, but I did it without recourse to a wheelchair. The signposting in the car park was non-existent, although it was better inside the building. When we reached the entrance to the vaccination centre, LH went to find the beginning of the queue and I was able to sit down and wait by the entrance. After waiting for 1 hour 30 minutes, an exhausted LH appeared in the distance and then we were soon able to go in. My name was taken and we were asked to change to paper masks, which were provided.
Once inside, I had a coughing fit and was then fast-tracked to a table. Full details were taken and then the vaccination was given. It really was only a “sharp scratch”!
I was give a card to use for the follow-up vaccination and sent to sit down for 30 minutes. When we arrived at the chairs, LH was asked if he also wanted the vaccination, as he is my carer. This was such a relief! LH then went over to have his and eventually joined me back at the chairs.
When we were free to return home, I think that I had wings on my feet! It felt as if I flew back through the hospital corridors back to the car! During the journey home, we were laughing and joking, uplifted at last. OK, I know that there is such a long way to go, but we enjoyed feeling happy for a short while.
Since Saturday, we have both had some pain and stiffness in the injection site and arm, but that is fading very fast. I have been extremely tired and have slept a lot, but that is not really related to the vaccination.
I am sorry if this has been a very dry account, but I wanted to document the experience here for my readers and for myself. I do hope that you are all offered a vaccine as soon as possible, if you want it, and that the world can begin to return to “normal”. Of course, many have lost loved ones, so there are huge holes in the world where they should have been. It is all desperately sad.
I will sign off now and return on Wednesday with the usual Reading Roundup post.
Love and best wishes,