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Thursday November 14, 2019

22:01 This Old Tree »justpictureit
photo - This Old Tree

This battered old apple tree still produces apples and they stay attached till very late winter or early spring. They are the first food for some returning spring robins and waxwings. The tree roots were pruned severely by necessity about twenty years ago and the tree has declined year after year. It was once strong and held a play fort.

17:57 Life in the Aftermist »ruk.ca from peter rukavina

The salvation of any Island family with needle-averse children in recent years has been the “flu mist,” an alternate form of the yearly influenza vaccine that gets squirted into the nose rather than needled into the arm.

For Oliver the coming of the mist was transformative; flu vaccine time was still an anxious time of the year, mostly because being in a hall filled with other people about to get a needle is like sitting in the waiting room of a particularly brutal airport. But the anxiety was manageable, and thus not a source of seasonal dread.

So much so that we secured permission from Dr. Heather Morrison, Chief Public Health Officer, to allow Oliver to continue to receive the mist into adulthood.

Which is why, when it was announced in September that the flu mist would not be available in Canada this season, due to shortages, my chest tightened.

After confirming with Dr. Morrison that the mist was out, we decided to follow her advice to look into receiving the flu shot from our family doctor, a setting where we could be more in control of the environment, and where Oliver would be more comfortable.

Fortunately we have a family doctor, and our family doctor has an exceptionally talented nurse, Cheryl, who Oliver’s known for many years, and with whom he has a good relationship.

So we made an appointment for this morning.

I chatted with Cheryl on the phone before we came into the office to establish a shared understanding of the challenge ahead.

And then casually mentioned to Oliver, after breakfast, that we had an appointment with Cheryl to get the flu shot (reminding him of her excellent bedside manner, and problem-free blood draw this summer).

And we headed into the office for 10:00 a.m.

About 10 minutes before giving Oliver the shot, Cheryl came out into the waiting room and applied some numbing cream to the injection site; once Oliver’s arm had a chance to numb up, we went into an exam room, Oliver hopped up on the exam table, and he got his flu shot.

No fuss, no muss.

Well, some preemptive muss. And a lot of hang-wringing and worry on my part and Catherine’s.

But Oliver rose to the occasion. Cheryl rose to the occasion. And Oliver’s been vaccinated.

Onward!

17:40 Icy Purple Phlox »ruk.ca from peter rukavina

The weather has turned over the last week from “late autumn” to “early winter,” and with the turn came the first snow and ice. This was the scene that Oliver and I were greeted with on our way out the door this morning: the purple phlox flowers in our front garden downed by the weather.

Icy flowers in our front yard

15:57 Community Notices »Women's Equality PEI
Welcome to our Community Events and Notices E-News for Thursday, November 14, 2019 New listings this week: 1) Anderson House Current Needs List – November 2) Mothers’ experience of postnatal adjustment during the first six-months of caring for a newborn: A survey with postnatal mothers in the Maritimes 3) PEIBWA Activities 4) SUCCESS Program 5) […]
15:53 My Recollections »The Annekenstein Monster
My father, Preston, wrote his recollections. I posted them to my blog, with pictures
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