Another Experience of Hope……..

The week before last, I had an email which many people are waiting for…..the opportunity to have the Covid Vaccine.

My local NHS Trust, Humber, has many many people who volunteer their time to do all sorts of things, telephone befrienders, drivers, and lately helping out at Gp surgeries that have been under pressure. I’ve written pieces in the past and was part of the team delivering the Trust Induction until Covid struck. I’m also their Research Ambassador. 

Well, as I said, last week we all had an email stating that we could have the Covid vaccine. To say I was excited was an understatement. If I’d have waited until my Gp surgery called me it would have been many weeks, even months before it became my turn. However, the Trust has been using volunteers to help man the car parks and queues for staff to have the vaccine and it was felt necessary to offer the vaccine out to all volunteers, such is the value placed upon them, at the same time as the staff.

It was easy to book the time slot and the venue was at the Trust Headquarters where I deliver my bit of the Induction in the past, so I thankfully knew it well. My time was 17.30 on the Friday. Luckily Gemma was free to drive me.

We’d been told to arrive in plenty of time in case parking was a problem. The evening was foggy, cold and becoming icy so we were there before 5pm allowing plenty of time. The signage was brilliant as were the volunteers on duty that evening. Despite the cold, they were smiley and soooo friendly, telling us exactly what to do. They were running early so luckily I could go straight in.

I followed the instructions and arrows told me where to go, people at every stage beaming with a smile and showing me the next stage. Asking me all the questions, before showing me to the cubicle where an equally smiley nurse showed me to a seat. 

As we went through more checks and she prepared the vaccine,  we chatted and she told me how emotional some people had been on receiving the vaccine.

Many staff have probably been to hell and back during this past year; working extra shifts, looking after Covid patients and seeing many die and even going through Covid themselves. Wanting to protect their families but knowing they had a job to do. My daughter Sarah, is one of them. 

It was a strange feeling as I sat in the resting room afterwards. A combination of staff and volunteers all being monitored to check we were ok afterwards. It was a combination of relief and hope. The vaccination signals a hope that a new future is just around the corner and I felt very privileged to be one of those people sat there post vaccine. 

Thank you Humber NHS Trust……

About wendy7713

On the 31st July 2014 I was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s. I may not have much of a short term memory anymore but that date is one I’ll never forget. I’m 58 years young, live happily alone in Yorkshire, have 2 daughters and I’m currently still in full time employment in the NHS. However, I’m now in the process of taking early retirement to give me a chance of enjoying life while I’m still me. I've started this blog to allow me, in the first instance, to write all my thoughts before they’re lost. If anyone chooses to follow my ramblings it will serve as a way of raising awareness on the lack of research into Alzheimer's. It will hopefully convey the helplessness of those diagnosed with dementia, as there is no cure – the end is inevitable. However, I’m also hoping I can convey that, although we've been diagnosed, people like me still have a substantial contribution to make; we still have a sense of humour; we sill have feelings. I’m hoping to show the reality of trying to cope on a day to day basis with the ever-changing environment that dementia throws at those diagnosed with the condition. What I want is not sympathy. What I want is simply to raise awareness.

25 thoughts on “Another Experience of Hope……..

  1. had my vaccine a couple of weeks ago, waiting for the f/up. I’m somewhat dismayed at some NHS staff who are scared to have it! admin staff in the main.

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  2. I’m so excited for you (and your family) Wendy! I hope this means that you will be able to do more things in the community and with your loved ones soon with less risk to yourself. Keep your chin up!

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  3. Great news Wendy! And a lovely description of your experience.

    A couple of weeks ago my husband had his invitation to go, but we were told not to be too early, no more than fifteen minutes. When we got to the Church hall venue (a few minutes early) we were told to go to the public car park opposite. A short walk back (but my husband doesn’t walk well these days, especially up a slope, which we had to) and we joined the waiting queue. There was still snow on the ground and it was cold! And my estimate was that there were about fifty people ahead of us, most wearing masks, but all wanting to shuffle forward, so social distancing wasn’t very successful.

    We waited out there for about half an hour! Not much fun! Once inside it was just as you described – lots of volunteers, smiling, cheerful, helpful, efficient. I expect to be called in a few weeks; it might be interesting to compare.

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  4. Wendy

    Please to hear you’ve had your jab! My husband and I had ours last Friday in our local town hall. And also very efficient and friendly volunteers who love their job.. the beginning of the end! xxx

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  5. So many excited people saying ‘at last I can hug my grandchildren/go round for tea etc because I am now safe.’

    No, no…firstly it doesn’t really kick in for a few weeks, secondly people might get it in that time and spread it, thirdly most people haven’t had the second jab.

    So we all need to behave exactly as we did before our vaccinations.

    This should be spelt out clearly to everyone who has had the vaccination.

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  6. So glad you have had your jab, Wendy. My husband was called for his last week. He had a phone call the day before – think there was vaccine that might have gone to waste as quite a few people hadn’t taken up the invitation, and the local MP was going round collecting people! I was really pleased to be offered mine at the same time, as his carer. Lovely people, as everyone has said! I also heard a tale about a 92 year old lady who turned up in full evening dress – she said she hadn’t been out for so long that she was going to make it a celebration!

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  7. This is great news Wendy! As you so rightly say…its hope, which we need so badly. You have given so much over the years and this will help you to look forward to getting back to things in the not too distant future. Keep having that hope…we all must. 🤗

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