So I happily went off to the doctors' surgery for my jab. Now because there are hundreds of patients needing this jab, the surgery was running special flu clinics as they do each year. Here, every available room is being used to 'jab' people and lots of extra seating is squashed into the waiting room. It doesn't really feel a very healthy place to be in, as the surgery is absolutely 'choc a bloc' with people crammed in every possible spare piece of space while they wait and I wonder if I will be completely defeating the object of trying as hard as I can to avoid any 'lurgy' that might be going round or even get out of here alive for that matter! As I find every year since I've been having this jab, I am about twenty years younger than most people waiting and I find it really disheartening to see that a lot of the pensioners look a lot fitter than me. I've also got the added problem that I really need to sit while I wait and as I look like I'm well and probably even one of the staff there, there are people probably thinking, 'what on earth is she doing sitting there, when there are lots of elderly having to stand?'
Obviously, once I got before the nurse for my jab, I have to be asked why am I having this jab as I am not an old age pensioner. Now this year I was ready with my reply, as my friend Stacie, who also has PH and is awaiting transplant like myself, was told that as her problem was not listed on the official NHS list given to doctors, then she couldn't have the jab. It is a bit reminiscent of the 'Computer Says No' ethos famous from Little Britain. My poor friend, who is battling all this at the young age of twenty one had to go home, after being admonished by a stroppy doctor's receptionist, and then go through all the hassle of phoning her Specialist PH Centre and the Transplant Clinic who then phoned the doctor's surgery to advise them that yes she did need the vaccine. What a waste of everyones' time and NHS resources and above all Stacie's energy and time when she is so unwell. When you feel so unwell everyday and most things are a battle then some support from staff at your local doctor's surgery is not a lot to ask for.
Fortunately, the nurse I got was brilliant and she even gave me a double whammy, advising me that I should really have the pneumonia vaccine as well, so I got a needle in both arms for good measure! Unfortunately it doesn't take a lot to knock me for six and by early evening side effects from the injections began to kick in along with two very, very sore arms, and this in its turn meant I had to cancel an evening meeting up with friends, which is something I try to avoid, but often with this illness your body does its own thing and nothing can stop it. It is so frustrating though when your body keeps letting you down.
|Chunky Veg and chicken soup with parmesan|
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