The holidays are over.
The holiday bloat is gone. (yipee.)
Now back to reality. (boo hiss)
Since we are back in reality I had to deal with the outside world again today.
And we all know how much I just love that.
It started with the idea of a flu shot.
Yes, I know most of you don't believe in them but Rick and I do.
Only get the flu when I don't get one and since I have an autoimmune disease I think it's a good idea to do this. Rick is the one who is normally around people, he goes into peoples homes and brings home to me all levels of creeping crud.
Yesterday Rick sat at the urgent care with people who probably had the flu as he waited for his flu shot. There were 2 older people who were coughing and hacking and of course never into their Kleenex, or hand or whatever. When he got into the room to get his shot they asked him if he was sick. He laughed and said, "I wasn't when I came in here but sitting out there for 30 minutes I don't know what the hell I may have caught."
The nurses laughed and gave him his flu shot and on his way he went.
(BTW, he gets a free one with his new insurance...another YIPEE)
He came home and reminded me that I still have not done this and I better get my butt somewhere to get one. So like a good 1950's wife I listened to my husband and after the gym this morning I went over to urgent care. The wait I was told would be at least an hour.
All while surrounded by coughing hacking sick people. Nah, not for me. Besides I went to the gym late today and I didn't have all that much time. So I walked to my car and called the CVS a block away. They said I could come right in, no waiting. I spoke to the pharmacy.
It was now 8am and they just opened at 8am.
I walked into CVS and I am the only customer in the place.
Great was my thought - in and out of there quickly.
I went back to the pharmacy and this woman asked what I was there for.
That is an odd way to great a customer.
I told her I wanted to get a flu shot and that I had just called. She nodded and said I needed to give her 15 minutes, all said while never looking at me only her computer screen.
She slid a clip board across the counter and turned away.
I filled it out and brought it back to her. She said that I had to wait 15 minutes.
No problem I can shop. I went to the greeting card section and thought I would buy some birthday cards I needed that were coming up. I browsed wrinkled creams, magazines, make up and looked at my watch. It was time to get my shot. I went back to the counter.
As I stood there she came over to me and said, "Can I help you with something"
This was said like she had never seen me before, but then again she never did look at me. (I am the only person in the entire store lady!)
I stated that I was there for a flu shot. She said, "DIDN'T I TELL YOU 15 MINUTES?"
(ah ha she does remember me)
She said this to me like I was being reprimanded from my mother.
I said that it had been 15 minutes already.
(Now I assumed when I called CVS this was the same warm and gracious young woman I spoke to on the phone because they had the same demeanor)
She told me that she was busy. I said, "I understand that but I am the only person here and on the phone you said I wouldn't need to wait."
She repeated and now quite pissed at me, "you'll have to wait 15 minutes" and walked away from me.
I am now late for work and can't wait another 15 minutes so I left.
No sense in saying anything because no telling what the shot would actually be if I made her angry. (You know like a rusty needle or something.)
Now in her defense I am sure she was busy filling scripts for people that would be coming in to the store today. I get that, however, if she would have just given me the shot I would be on my way and she could go back to filling scripts.
It was all so odd.
If I weren't going to a gym now I probably would blow off getting a shot but I've seen the people in the gym. Snot nose, coughing, not wiping machines, not covering their mouths etc. I really need that flu shot!