- 7:03 PM,
Wednesday, November 3rd, 2021:
- No words
- ...ok, maybe a few
words. Now that I'm done crying.
- So the past week
has been trying to find anywhere we could get them
their first shot as soon as humanly possible. Things
started to open up yesterday but it was all for
appointments starting Monday. We made those
appointments, but kept looking for sooner. It felt
like trying to score a PS5 to be honest (and I don't
even want one - VR and Nintendo is life). Site after
site... mommy groups - everything. Then we saw a
pop-up site at Union Station that would take
appointments for 5-11. 10:00 am, this morning... but
it's downtown. Then we heard of a pharmacy in
Hollywood doing it with no appointments...
I called last night and asked if they were doing
5-11 year old vaccines tomorrow and they said YES. So
we figured we'd go there first, and if for some reason
that didn't happen we'd go downtown where we had an
apointment. WE GOT THIS.
- So we're off. We
get to the pharmacy at 9:30 and they hadn't received
the vaccine - they were waiting on the shipment to
come in. Might be this afternoon. I don't exactly
understand this as the kids just get 1/3 the dose,
so.... can't you measure that shit out? Oh well - it's
an adventure day so we start to drive downtown.
Meanwhile, Talya is texting with her mommy friend who
got a 9:30 am appointment downtown and she says:
"They're turning everyone away - they haven't received
the vaccines either, they'll get them this
- However, ya know
what's fun? An adventure downtown with the kids. We'll
park somewhere, run around downtown and then be ready
that afternoon. We were getting this vaccine today. We
get there, park, go talk to the peeps and they say...
nope. Nothing today - come back tomorrow at the same
time as your appointment... which makes no fucking
sense because that whole day was available to be
booked as well, so now they'll be double booked all
- Well shitty shit.
So we figure we'll just drive home and keep
searching... worst case is we get it tomorrow. But
here's why that sucks. Tomorrow would mean their 2nd
shot falls on Thanksgiving... which means it would get
delayed and who knows what would be open that weekend.
Getting it today is perfect presuming the kids feel
kinda crappy after the shot - it's Thanksgiving. All
we do is lay around and watch TV and eat anyway.
- So we keep
searching with no luck - apparently no one was
prepared for it to be today. The CDC was supposed to
meet yesterday and today with tomorrow being the
earliest first appointment - but things opened up a
little soon and the sites themselves were unprepared.
On the main "My Turn" site it wasn't even an
OPTION for their age group yet.
- Then, incredibly -
Talya gets a link to "My Turn" that bypasses the main
site and allowed appointments at Children's Hospital -
NOW. It's 11:30 and I could've made an
appointment at 11:30. What the hell. We make it for
1pm but I know this is the same issue with the
other places and that they probably don't have the
vaccine yet... but if any place is going to? The
hospital will. And for the love of fuck - can they not
put different doses in a syringe? They can't do 10ccs
instead of 30ccs? I have to think they can. I
call the hospital and they're confused as to how I
even made the appointment but a lady said "If you made
it, you're good." "But do you have the vaccines for
- Ooooooook. So we
load the kids up again, this time with Oma so she can
hang out in the car so we don't have to deal with
parking. We run in and the room they tell us to go to
has no other kids in it. Then we walk into the room
where they give the shot... it's all nurses and
doctors - no patients. What the fuck is this.
I am certain this is a mistake, and once they
realize their ages we will be turned away. They ask me
for Cameron's name and birthday... they start typing
it in and act like everything is fine. And that's when
I cried. I made it a good long time, but the moment
they knew that dude was born in 2013 and didn't say
"I'm sorry sir, it's 12 and up" - I got choked up and
had to hug him to regain my composure. This was
happening and hell we're in a hospital. Could there be
a safer place to get a vaccine?
- And then it's all
a blur. Cam took it like a champ. Vienna, as you saw,
jumped a bit but that dude was a pro and followed her
perfectly. 6 hours later Cam has zero symptoms, not
even a sore arm - Vienna's arm is a little sore. My
neurotic mind wonders if that's because Vienna has a
normal immune system and Cam, as we know, does NOT...
but I'll save that worry for after the 2nd shot. If
Cam has no reaction whatsoever, I have to admit that
will be concerning considering his history. Time will
- But - we made it.
We honestly had one job as parents of a
immuno-compromised kid during a pandemic: get them to
their first shot before they get COVID. That's it. It
was really, really fucking hard. It's done. They will
be returning to school on November 16th and I'll get
into that in the next entry which will probably be
them saying goodbye to an even shittier shit school
than last year. How the hell is that even
- WHAT AN AWFUL YEAR.
Man 2021 was harder than 2020. I mean, wow. But we did
it!!!!! Talya we did it!!!! I can't believe we