This is the time of year when one of us old hands reminds all autoimmune newbies of the importance of getting a flu jab. As I've already had two spells in re-sus I like to get mine in early before the rush.
I also don't like to complain but 😣
This year it's all different. Here in the Scottish Borders all jabs will be done centrally, not by our GPs. OK. Makes covid sense. On Tuesday, Mr SW and I got letters asking us to ring a certain number / email a certain address to book our appointments. We tried all that day and all next morning starting at 8am (their starting time). When that failed ("All lines are busy") we emailed. By Thursday (two more emails and loads of attempted phone calls) I had to book a blood test so I asked my health centre if they were doing them. No. All centralised. There was a problem. The problem was they'd sent out....get this.....28,000 letters on Monday! Mr SW emailed our local councillor who, to his credit, got back that evening, explaining and saying he'd drawn us to their attention. Later that evening we got an emailed apology from the flu jab service - but still no appointment.
Our local newspaper ran a big article on it this week. Apparently, the Chief Exec. said "“I can assure that our team are working incredibly hard and we will ensure that everyone does get an appointment so that you receive your flu vaccination over the next few months," Months? So, will they kindly hold up the flu epidemic for a few months? Will it be a race to see if they can get us done before we all get flu /covid.? Maybe we'll get the covid vaccination first. Why, on earth, did they send out 28,000 at once? Couldn't they have started with those of us who were on the shielding list?
I promise, tomorrow I'll be my usual, annoyingly optimistic, just-exercise-more self. But today I reserve the right to be thoroughly ****ed off.
And now I shall exercise. At least that's something I can control.
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