Sounding like a broken record (sorry not sorry)

I was listening to the Clash’s Should I Stay or Should I Go just now. I wish I could go. Anywhere but within this province. Some far away place where there are no lockdowns.

Blah.

Yesterday a surprising thing happened. My doctor sent me an email saying my postal code is considered a high risk area and anyone who is 50 or older can now get a vaccine at the local hospital.

This was great news that came at a time when I was slowly descending into some major despair. I suddenly felt uplifted!

Except.

Of course there are no bookings. If you can even get the calendar up to choose your date which you can’t because the website is jammed no matter how many times you refresh. SIGH

I did see the calendar after refreshing my screen many times but all the slots were taken right up to April 20. I thought, fine. I can wait. I’m not an essential worker, they should go first.

I did try again today to see if they opened up new dates. Since my partner flies in airplanes that are small enough he’s shoulder to shoulder with his student, I figured I’ll keep trying to get a slot and if I succeed, pass it on to him. He’s been trying to get in too, but has had no luck either.

Nothing we can do but keep trying.

While this was going on, we were given another 30-day Stay-At-Home order. Today, while soaking up the sun out back in the cold wind blowing in from the north, my phone scared the crap out of me with an alert about the Stay-At-Home order being the law, and that we are to follow it.

Fine. Whatever. I’ve heard this message so many times in the past 13 months, it’s lost its luster. I’m not fucking going anywhere anyway because there is no place to go.

To pass the time, I checked in with twitter. Of course half the province had an opinion about this lockdown, and even stronger opinions about the alert, and not one single comment was positive. Even the law-abiding citizens like me were giving passive-aggressive responses to the politician’s pleads to find a way to make these vaccines happen more efficiently.

It’s depressing really. The economy is on the brink of collapsing, many small businesses are shutting their doors this month after a decade or longer of success, and still we’re locked down again.

I need an emotional support American, a vaccinated one thankyouverymuch. ๐Ÿ˜› (That’s what I put on twitter, ha.)

Anyway, there is a sliver lining. Among the many eviction tweets of families who can’t pay rent, and out of business places hanging up their hats, and mental health pleads for help from kids as young as school age, I saw a huge increase in efforts by pharmacists who are willing to help the hospitals to inoculate people.

Send me vaccines, they say. I’ll start with the essentials, the teachers, the vulnerables!

No idea if this has happened. But I hope it does happen. I would be more than willing to go to a pharmacy to get jabbed. (I can walk there, or park for free. The hospitals are a pain in the ass to get to and charge an arm and a leg for parking.)

So that’s where I am. Sorry this blog has become a covid-complaining page.

In the meantime, I’m staying home and saving lives, as they say. (I’m so sick of that phrase, it triggers me into a rage.)

Who would have thought that Canada could mess things up this bad? Ugh.

Back to writing my second book. ๐Ÿ™‚

40 thoughts on “Sounding like a broken record (sorry not sorry)

  1. From the first days of March I returned to my work and met my students, transparent mask and bearded in between, with the prudent distance between people and in small groups, but we have regained the human bond. The activities are carried out for three days in person and two days in a virtual way.
    Three weeks ago I received the first dose of vaccine, I don’t really feel more protected than before as it is an experimental treatment. However, it is necessary to learn to live with this risk like other risks that surround us and are part of everyday life.
    I can say then: vaccinated from Argentina.

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    1. I want the politicians to give the public tools on how to live safely and how to protect ourselves and those who are vulnerable. Instead they worried about stigma (delaying mask mandates by 4 months), left borders porous while “closed” and refused domestic pharmaceutical manufacturing the opportunity to create domestic vaccines because there were international contracts in place. Result = a hell of a lot of pissed-off Canadians in their 4th lockdown in 13 months.

      We literally had less than a month off from some lifted restrictions.

      Madness prevails. Kids and teens are seriously suffering mental and social challenges. It’s a serious problem here. ๐Ÿ˜

      Thank you for your glimpse into Argentina.

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  2. Meanwhile here in Australia we canโ€™t even get vaccines into the country! Iโ€™m so happy to be staying home still, clearly Iโ€™m a massive Introvert. Really hoping you find some freedom soon ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ

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    1. Yeah… it’s been a frustrating year and there aren’t many things to look forward to other than are we getting vaccinated and are the vaccines working? There is a super variant from Brazil here in Canada now, 18 mutations. Ugh.

      Hang in. We’ll just keep writing and blogging. ๐Ÿ˜

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  3. Passive-aggressive comments from Canadiens? I’m shocked! Shocked, I say!๐Ÿ˜ฒ It really MUST be bad if the nicest, most polite people are gettin their dander up.
    I can’t get an appointment either๐Ÿคท๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ I’m on the government “MyTurn” list, so I guess I’ll get a call at some point.

    I will say that if I get the dag-nabbit kootie after everything I’ve been through, and California has been through already, I’m gonna be one seriously angry Gramma.

    I predict by August we’ll all have something else to complain about๐Ÿ˜˜

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  4. I finally got an appointment yesterday after 3 hours and 3 tries on the Ont. website, as our local health unit had not updated their booking site to include the over 60’s so I wasted the first two attempts as there were no appointments showing up at all for my area. I started at 8am. There was a virtual waiting period to get on the site of about 40 minutes and 340,000 people ahead of me. Because I wasted time with the first two attempts by the time the local unit updated their site at 10 am to include the link and I waited again, my appointment is now two weeks away, but most friends of mine got in next week. It’s not difficult to book IF you can get through! I found the whole experience frustrating. And then tonight on the news they said we may not get all the expected vaccines again! And yet the federal government says we’ve received 10 million doses but the provinces have only administered 7 million, and 30% are in storage, which the provinces deny. Obviously one of them must be wrong! Just so tired of it all…

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    1. Joni, I’m glad you got in. That was great how you persevered. I admire your patience.

      I just tried again this morning for the newly opened date, April 23, at 630 am. Full.

      It is what it is. I don’t know if I’ll bother trying anymore…give it a month for them to find a way to get it together. And stay home. Not much else I can do.

      Thank you for sharing your story. Hang in there.

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  5. Sign up on as many waiting lists that might be available within your area WOWe. Do not feel as if you are taking someone elseโ€™s place in line either. Many of the people I know have gone outside of our local areas to get a shot. I was eligible to get mine within the second grouping here in Texas. I was also signed up on 5 different lists, three in my county and two outside of it, and was not able to secure an appointment time until they, the state, had opened up the next eligible age group, and the appointment that I did get was in a neighboring county to the one I reside in. I did receive my second shot this week, and even as our Governor opened the state back up to no mandates back in mid March, I will continue to take the same precautions as I did previously until things level out on a larger scale.

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    1. I so appreciate this message from you, J, thank you do much.

      Hearing from Texas is a special treat. ๐Ÿฅฐ

      I do feel a bit envious at times that people in some areas are able to go about their life. I don’t think anti-maskers or anti-vaxxers are making smart choices, but in my region, there shouldn’t be any reason to let the economy collapse to the degree it has had they gotten their shit together at the beginning… ๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ™ƒ

      I tried booking at another hospital yesterday. They are restricting by postal code so I couldn’t get on. ๐Ÿ˜ And my hospital opened a new date and was full at 630 am. ๐Ÿ˜ฅ

      But. The pharmacies are starting some by age (not area) and are at the 55+ group. I’m hoping my age group is next, and quick.

      Thank you for sharing your story.

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  6. I feel your claustrophobia. Makes me feel a little guilty, sorry not sorry, because I snuck away from the frozen midwest for two months in sunny Arizona. and I got my first vaccine there. Now the health dept here is saying they can only put me on a waiting list because I got the wrong one, different than my state is using. So I have been scouting pharmacies for the matching second shot. I have the opposite problem. I need the second shot in a week, and they are showing me times tomorrow and Saturday. Patience! who has any of that anymore?
    Sending you an email as an American emotional support person.

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  7. I had no idea Canada was so far behind the states. Hell, we screw everything up and have had high infection rates with young people partying like itโ€™s 1999. We are doing the vaccine right though. And my state has done a wonderful job with the roll out… no online hassles, just call a number, give your information and they call you back with an appointment. We just opened it to anyone 16 and over. Quick and efficient. I go girl my 2nd dose on the 23rd. Fingers crossed you and yours can get one soon.

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  8. We stay at home, too. It’s liberating and tiring in equal measures. I finally got an appointment for my first jab by lurking on the hospital vaccination website around 5:00 p.m. each night. Apparently that’s when they update it. My appointment was for three weeks hence, but it’s an appointment.

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  9. Does stay at home technically mean no little vacations to mom’s house? Maybe you should get yourself there, change your address and then use the old “…but I’m required to stay at my home address” and that’s mom’s house going forward.

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    1. Yeah, there’s a family situation that has put those trips on hold temporarily. I still see her, technically if a senior is on their own they are legally allowed to have contact with one other household, but I’m just not doing overnights there right now.

      I’ve thought about booking in two places, but it seems like a lot of trouble that will just jam up the system more. I’ll wait…I’m not an essential, so I have that luxury. I’ve waited this long, what’s another few months? I hope it’s only a few months…

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    1. I looked. I can get on a wait list if I have no symptoms (check) and if I’m older than 55 (which I am not). So, they’re doing it but not for my age and there’s a waitlist.

      But I’ll keep checking that again. Thanks for pointing it out to me.

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  10. I really feel for you. I am your half inoculated American friend who has only experienced ONE lock down in March of 2020. Eventually the state of Pa was sued with a federal court order in place to prevent further lock downs. That one month last year, was a lovely staycation and I hoped for more but alas even a ransomware data breach at my job in February of 2021 wasn’t enough to keep me home. Even without a lock down in place, nothing is truly back to how it was. So continue to hang in there as best as you can. Sigh.

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