This past Friday my friends Sharon and Deidad and our little ones stood in line for the H1N1 shot being given out by the Missoula County Health Department. The whole process took us about 2 1/2 hours to get through...and the shot was the easiet part. (I read the article in the Missoulian on Saturday and it sounds like we were the lucky ones.)
All Summer long Jeff and I waffled about the shot and whether we should get it for Astrid (we'd heard so many mixed reports)...once it actually arrived, we had no doubts about what we should do. We feel so much better now that she is on her way to being safe (once she can get that second vaccine dose in 25 days from now, or, when it becomes available).
Sharon, Deidad and I got in line at 11:30 am (The hours to receive the vaccination were from noon - 7pm or until they ran out of vaccine). The Missoula County Health nurses and staff are to be applauded for their heroic efforts in keeping anxious moms and dads and tired toddlers happy. We stood in line at a time when most children this age group (6 mo - 4 years) are napping. I'm not sure Astrid and I would have been able to make it without the support of having our friends there with us. We took turns chasing the girls up and down the hallways. Kids were crying and cranky and parents were just trying to keep it together.
In all the craziness there was an underlying sense of solidarity and that was what was the coolest thing. The families of Missoula got through a tough, cold afternoon waiting in a pseudo refugee line together. I don't know why I thought the strollers snuggled together outside the door was such a symbol of the day (for me).
(at one of the many play stations in the LONG line...boy, I need to get Astrid a Winter coat!)
(Sacked out on the way home after an exhausting experience.)
Some other photos I took of my favorite subject this week:
(Do you recognize the initials? This was an apron Mom made me when I was little...I love it, although it CLEARLY won't fit ME anymore!)
(Throwing the ball for Skag in the front yard)
(pretty in pink)
(just waking up from a nap - with her favorite buddies - Beary and Hippy.)