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June Donohue - Columnist
Posted 3/11/21

I was on the list to get the Covid 19 vaccine months ago and would get email notices stating that I was eligible and would be notified as soon as it was available for me. A friend of mine who has …

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I was on the list to get the Covid 19 vaccine months ago and would get email notices stating that I was eligible and would be notified as soon as it was available for me. A friend of mine who has doctors in her family texted me that if I had a choice not to get the Moderna one because it was over three times as strong as the Pfizer one and was making some people sick.

After learning that I wasn't that eager to get notified since the Pfizer wasn't yet available. But then another friend got me an appointment by going online and grabbing a time and place as soon as one became available. And of course it was the Moderna one. So that presented a dilemma, do I wait and put myself at risk of getting the virus or do I go for it?

I decided to take the chance on Moderna since I heard that even if I did have a bad reaction it was similar to the flu and I would recover after a few days. Leisha offered to take me which was another plus.

We went to Riverside Medical Center in Paramus which is only 10 minutes away. We had no problem finding a parking space, because there were attendants directing us to the next one available, but it wasn't clear after that which way to go to the location where the shots were being administered.

We followed other people who seemed to know where they were going and, after a few wrong turns, I was getting tired. Leisha had offered to carry my bag and to guide me by offering me her elbow but I declined. I was thinking “I may be old but I'm not that decrepit.” But after awhile I realized I was that decrepit after all.

After handing her my pockebook and stopping to hang on to lampposts Leisha advised me to slow down. However, without realizing it, she continued to walk fast. I was so surprised and discouraged because it seemed only recently that I was a good walker.

I told Leisha that I still had golf clubs in my garage and that I was in denial thinking that I could still play golf. Leisha likes to be encouraging and said that I hadn't walked much lately because of the weather and, despite a pinched nerve which was giving me back trouble, she was sure I'd be able to play golf again. Now who was in denial?

When we got on line there was a woman ahead of us who could pass for someone in her seventies. The family member who was with her was quietly telling people that the lady was actually 102. After that I announced it to others on line plus workers because the woman was so amazing. She had a cane with her but scarcely used it. She had perfect posture so she was straight as an arrow. And after listening to her conversation I realized she was also sharp as a tack.

And she was funny, cracking jokes along the way. After we received our shots, Leisha and her driver, who might have been her great-great-granddaughter, had gone to get the cars.

This incredible woman said she was going to have a brandy as soon as she got home. When a young cop, who was directing traffic and had been advised of her age heard that, he said he was going to start drinking brandy. As for me, I am not going to give away my golf clubs just yet.

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