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Jan 18, 2021 09:12PM
AAARGH!!!! Hospital patients before seniors with cancer? GRRRRR... I threw a "Hail Mary pass" (can we Jews do that?) by messaging my late primary's NP (whom I haven't officially dropped as my de facto primary even though I now have a NorthShore one in Lincolnwood) and asking if St. Joseph's and its clinics in Lakeview can start inoculating their Group 1B patients. I stopped going there because they don't have self-parking, and I don't feel safe taking cabs/rideshares or valet parking. But for the vaccine, I'll double-mask and valet park. I realize that for her it's a very delicate situation, as her dad was my primary and died of complications of COVID back before they figured out more effective therapeutics.
There comes a point at which they have to realize that anti-vaxers will be anti-vaxers even if they're health care workers, and that pushing them to get inoculated is as futile as getting you-know-who to concede defeat and exit while wearing a mask. Those vaccines will spoil if not timely administered, You can lead a horse to water; but if it won't drink, you'd better shunt that water over to thirstier critters.
Jackie, you can now lawfully go have coffee and a sandwich inside a restaurant near you--your area is now in Tier 1 mitigations (lesser of 25% capacity or 25 patrons per room in restaurants). My BFF who had DCIS back in 2016 lives in Minooka and as of today can do that too: her subdivision straddles the Kendall/Grundy county line, both counties also in Tier 1. Chicago & Cook County have improved to Tier 2--no indoor dining, but museums reopened (gonna buy those "Immersive Van Gogh" tix), along with fitness classes and 10-person indoor gatherings (still masked & distanced, so there goes choir practice). Sat. night I turn 70--we have reservations on Mon Ami Gabi's tented, vented heated patio, but will bring blankets (they're allowed). It's gonna be brutally cold, but it'll feel as if we've been sprung from prison. We're considering going to one of the Mexican restaurants along 26th St. in Little Village, which have set up metal scaffold-framed, plastic walled heated areas on the sidewalk, fully open at both ends so that passerby can walk through. I asked Bob if tented dining would be safe, and he replied "we all take chances: I go to work every day, you get manicures every other week." Ever since mid-Nov., I've been venturing out only for medical appts., manis, the pharmacy, and that one drive with Bob down to Oak Lawn on Christmas Eve to pick up my pendant. The only fresh air I get now is retrieving packages from the porch or taking out the trash.
Will have to make a SpotHero reservation to park in the pay lot up the block from the restaurant--it's Lincoln Park, after all.
I only hope I get vaccinated in time--as will Gordy, Leslie and our friends--to be able to celebrate our 50th anniv. at the end of June--even if masked and outdoors. (And that I live that long, of course. Tired of hearing God say, "here--hold my beer").
Diagnosed at 64 on routine annual mammo, no lump. OncotypeDX 16. I cried because I had no shoes...but then again, I won’t get blisters....
9/9/2015, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC)
9/22/2015 Lumpectomy: Right
11/1/2015 3DCRT: Breast
12/30/2015 Femara (letrozole)