I am serendipity. It’s the name of my blog and it’s my life. I was up at 3 this morning. I couldn’t sleep. Even though I had an alarm set, I was afraid to miss my chance at getting a vaccine. You’d think after all the carrying-on about how ridiculously difficult getting a vaccine has been in Massachusetts, they’d have improved it. Yet somehow, despite all logic, reason, and having MIT in Cambridge — not to mention lord knows how many other colleges and universities — they can’t figure out how to make a website that is simple to use, even for people who are not computer literate.
I couldn’t sleep last night because this was the day they deliver vaccines to Massachusetts. Even though I had set an alarm, I was a nervous wreck. At 3:20 am I was wide awake couldn’t go back to sleep.
I got online. There were a lot of vaccinations in various places, but when you found something, rather than being able to just schedule the vaccination, they put you in a “waiting room.” They would email you when it was your turn to sign up and you only got 10 minutes in which to find the link, click, and start your sign up process.
They even told you how many people were ahead of you — ranging from 20,000 to more than 100,00 with wait-time estimates ranging from an hour and a half to five or six hours. During that time, you couldn’t close or turn off your computer. You had to stay fixed in position to leap into action the moment the email arrived. I missed four appointments because by the time I saw the email, it was too late. In every case, I was just a minute or two late, but they don’t leave you any spare . wiggle time in case it took a while for an email to show up. Approximately when I was so tired, all I wanted to do was sleep, the phone started ringing.
We dropped off our taxes for processing yesterday, so from 8 am onward, the phone rang continuously with questions. She was just trying to make sure she had all the information right. I couldn’t fault her for trying hard.
Did we get city water? No, we have our own well.
Do we have any additional income? No. What you see is what we’ve got. Heaven only knows — probably the only place that really knows — how much we’d like MORE money from somewhere.
What kind of medical care do we get? Medicare via Blue Cross.
I missed three different opportunities because the “official” 3 hour wait turned out to be closer to 45 minutes. I was exhausted and ready to throw in the towel. I realized I no longer cared about anything other than getting a full night of sleep. I was also extremely crabby about it. Downright grumpy. Note to self: Apologize to poor Garry who was only trying to help.
Suddenly, up popped CVS with a boatload of available appointments and no “waiting room.” Just pick a time, fill in the blanks and voila! I made both appointments and it took maybe five minutes — possibly less. Not only were there appointments, but they are a mere half hour from here in lovely Sturbridge village. In our neck of the woods, that’s basically “next door.” The first shot will be Monday, March 1st which is just 10 days short of a full year since the beginning of lockdown. The second shot will be on March 29th. I don’t know which vaccine I’ll be getting, but I don’t care.
That is classic serendipity. Just when I’d given up looking, it got found.