Monday, Feb. 8, 2021

Good news today! I have an appointment to get a vaccination! From what I’ve read, Soka University gives the Pfizer vaccine. But I’m ready to get whatever they’ve got. The timing–31 days before the pandemic anniversary–suits my schedule just fine.

The protocol is two shots 21 days apart. If all goes well, I’ll have both shots before March 11, 2021. Something to celebrate! What will be different? The epidemiologists on television like to say that nothing changes. Masks and distancing are still in order. But they are talking about public life, while I’m thinking about my personal life. I know all the warnings. We don’t know if you can spread it. We don’t know how long it lasts. We don’t know, we don’t know . . . Of course if I’m in a place where masks are required I’ll wear a mask. Still something has to change.

I’ll feel different. I’ll feel safer. I’ll feel more confident about being out in public. And I’ll feel more confident about seeing my children and grandchildren as well. My lifestyle won’t change much at first. I like having groceries delivered and I prefer watching movies at home. Still, I’m looking forward to having lunch out now and then and getting together with friends once in a while and going to church when it opens.

Maybe my daughter can visit. Maybe I’ll see my grandchildren, one or two at a time at first. I want to see smiles. I want to have hugs.

And then I’ll join the world again. Starting small, but leading up to my birthday in August which I intend to celebrate with my family. Not like August 2020 when I celebrated my 75th quietly at home. I saved all the cards, because, guess what? I’m going to have that 75th birthday again this year. And this time we’ll do it right.

Today I’m sharing a wonderful article with you, written by a nurse in Michigan. She tells how she felt when she got her shot. And she puts it so well:

“I’m looking forward, of course, to when we’ll be able to hang out together in public places again, with more friends, in bigger groups. But for now, these little moments of normalcy are good enough.”

I’m starting small. And then I’m booking a river cruise on the Rhine.

Today’s Notable Headlines

“CDC director warns Covid variants could reverse the recent drop in cases and hospitalizations,” CNBC, Feb.8, 2021. https://www.cnbc.com/2021/02/08/covid-variants-cdc-director-warns-strains-could-reverse-drop-in-cases-hospitalizations.html

“Can you visit loved ones after getting a COVID vaccine? It depends, experts say,” Miami Herald, Feb. 8, 2021. https://www.miamiherald.com/news/coronavirus/article249094765.html

“One nurse’s diary of life after the vaccine: A glimpse of post-pandemic normalcy,” Feb. 7, 2021. Sun Journal. https://www.sunjournal.com/2021/02/08/one-nurses-diary-of-life-after-the-vaccine-a-glimpse-of-post-pandemic-normalcy/

Why am I doing this?

The coronavirus pandemic will be indelibly written on our memories just as the Great Depression or the Battle of Britain left their mark on past generations. I intend to journal the pandemic experience from three perspectives: as a retired medical technologist, as a historian (Ph.D., 2014), and an ordinary person living through an extraordinary world crisis.

You are on History’s Edge.

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