Saturday, January 16, 2021

It's All About Waiting

My journey with cancer has included a lot of waiting. 

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I waited to have CT scans. I waited for CT results. I waited for CA-125 results. Twice, I waited to have chemotherapy when my platelets were low. I waited to have my port flushed. I waited to see my gyn onc. I waited for my genetic test results.You would think by now I should be an expert at waiting. 

I am not. 

Ever since they mentioned a vaccine for COVID-19 was being developed I have been waiting. I learned as much as I could about mRNA vaccines. I learned how the Moderna vaccine differs from the Pfizer vaccine and how the potential J&J vaccine differs from others.

In December, I filled out a screening questionnaire to be in a clinical trial for a COVID vaccine. I've participated in a number of clinical trials so I felt comfortable going that route. I checked all the right boxes and received an email regarding the location for an interview for the trial. I waited six days and received an email saying that all the trial slots were filled. Back to waiting.

When NJ opened a site to pre-register for the vaccine. I signed up within 24 hours of the site going live. But so did over 450,000 others based on the governor's Tweet. 

On January 14th, my state opened up vaccine eligibility for those over the age of 65. Hurrah ! I was now eligible for an appointment for the vaccine. I went on the state site listing vaccination distribution locations. I was happy to see eight locations in my county and even more a short drive from my home in the 3 neighboring counties. I had an anaphylactic response to a chemotherapy drug I was given. So I wanted to go to a location capable of treating me if I had a reaction or one not far from a hospital.  Every single one of the locations had no appointments available. 

As disappointed I was being unable to schedule a shot, I thought about what I had read on NJ.com.  NJ has been receiving 100,000 vaccines per week. That means that unless that number allotted to NJ increases it, will take more than a month for the first day registrants ( of which I was one) to be scheduled.

Today, I  registered for an appointment to receive the vaccine through the health care system affiliated with my cancer center. No appointments available at this time but I am in the queue.  I am hopeful that by Spring I will get the vaccine.

In the mean time, I'll continue to wait, wear a mask, wash my hands and social distance.

Dee

Every Day is a Blessing! Even if I am waiting. 



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