Slow News Day . . .

You will not be surprised to read that there is not a lot happening here. The number of Covid infections in Scotland continues high, but is slowly decreasing. Those who have been vaccinated are being infected but they seem not to suffer as much as the unvaccinated. We continue to self isolate as we have done for the last 18 months and this now seems to be our new way of life. We do go out occasionally in one or the other of our two cars, just to keep them going, to charge the batteries, and (a sign of the times) to help prevent the brakes sticking on. Both cars went in for their MOT inspections and we were surprised to find that not only did they get their testing done but got serviced as well – then of course woke us up to the fact that neither had been serviced for over a year, possibly longer. So the bill came to a lot more than we had been expecting. Such is Covid.

I got a letter out of the blue inviting me to have a pneumococcal vaccination an invitation which I took up gratefully. This vaccination protects you from pneumococcal infections, of which there are many more than I was aware of, plus meningitis infections too. My OH has not had a letter, so we don’t know if she is not eligible or whether they (whoever “they” are) are just working down a list of people arranged in order of priority. It reminded me of Spike Milligan’s request for lettering on his headstone to read, “I told you I was ill”. Perhaps I am considered to be more ill than my wife.

Since then letters have arrived, also from some central NHS Scotland source offering us flu vaccinations on 3 Oct which turns out to be a Sunday. Both these and the pneumococcal vaccination make use of Kirkcudbright Hospital which is part and parcel of the Kirkcudbright Health Centre complex. I thought the hospital was closed but my pneumococcal visit showed that although empty it was still well cared for and ready to be used. Our previous vaccinations against Covid were done in the Pipe Band Hall, so evidently the hospital building was not available at that time for some reason.

Later news from NHS Scotland vis Facebook indicates that when we go for our Flu vaccinations we may also get offered the Covid booster, or 3rd vaccination.

About Ian

Retired Clergyman, and former RAF person. Lives in SW Scotland. One wife. Two children, three grandchildren and two great grandchildren scattered across UK, Europe and the USA.
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