On a frustration scale of one to ten..ten being trying to score tickets to Hamilton when the show came to town, I’d say getting my 89 year old mom a reservation for her Covid Vaccine rated a solid 17.
Honestly, I’m too tired to review all the details, but suffice it to say after getting up yesterday morning to “cover” the 6am Publix vaccine roll-out with two i-phones and two laptops only to be put in a “queue” on all four and watching helplessly as the spots filled up completely ..let’s just say I was feeling defeated.
Day after day after day checking the news..logging on..over and over..searching for announcements of vaccine deliveries..phone calls and e-mails with local hospitals, the state, our county..OTHER counties, her doctor, OTHER doctors..trying, trying, trying to get an appointment for mom to get her vaccine.
The encouraging, yet increasingly infuriating, part was that other seniors were getting appointments..my mom’s neighbors, our neighbors, some of her friends, our friend’s parents, my husband’s parents, some of my husband’s older tennis buddies, absolutely everyone in assisted living, nursing, rehab, memory care centers.. seniors ARE getting their vaccines..so why couldn’t I seem to get one for mom??? Every time a’ vaccine pinata’ burst open, I’d be under it..but for some reason, I kept coming up empty handed.
And then yesterday, at 10:50am the miracle began to unfold..
Our local Florida health department sent out an alert that another window to make reservations for the vaccine was opening online through Eventbrite at 11am. My husband received the text, called me, I called my daughter in Missouri and asked her to get on the site with me. Literally within minutes, the “event” went live and tickets were up for grabs..
I began furiously scrolling through the available dates, but they kept selling out from under me. I scrambled to the last date and started searching backwards, but still kept striking out. My furious clicking simply could not keep pace with thousands of other silent “players.” A date would come up as available, I’d click and it would immediately pop up “sold out.”
And then I heard my daughter say “I think I have one mom! I think I got a reservation.. check your e-mail..”
And sure enough, just like that..a few minutes later, there it was. My mom will be getting her first Covid vaccine tomorrow at 1:40pm.
I’ll admit it, I cried as I printed her ticket..
(not the crying part, the printing..)
I need two tickets just in case my purse spontaneously bursts into flames, I’ll keep the extra one in my back pocket. 😉
We talked about blessings, my mom and me..we talked about shopping, talked about going to a local outdoor restaurant to order her favorite shrimp cocktail and maybe getting her nails done again.. We talked about everything we had come to take for granted. I told my mom I was so happy for her I could barely stand it, she told me she was happy for me too.
Mom’s life is about to change.. (2 weeks after her second dose of course.) My life is changed as well, no more obsessing over this search.. the relief is IMPOSSIBLE to describe.
Thank you will never cover it, but it’s all I have.
My heart is filled with hope again.