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Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Stress stress and my arm HURTS!

Last night we went for our 5th vaccination.

The doctor was in a HUGE rush (um I know it's the end of your day Mr. Doctor - but I'd appreciate if you didn't rip the needle out of the packet in a frantic manner).

So he quickly loaded up and gave Murray his shot, then I watched as he wrote it down in Murray's vaccination booklet - then I noticed he was writing in the Rabies section....

I said 'hold on - what shot did you give him?'


'You were supposed to give him HEB B!!!!!'

'Oh was I - oops - oh it'll be fine'


The rabies and Hep B shots are timed for each series of shots. So for rabies you get the first one on 'day 0' the second one on 'day 7' and the third one on 'day 28.'

I worked all the timings out with the nurse ages ago and booked us in on the correct dates for all of the shots. But she's on holiday now - so we had to see the doctor instead.

And he was in such a rush he didn't read his notes properly - and gave Murray the WRONG ONE!

I was NOT Happy.

He assured me it was fine. But I really don't think he knew for sure. After all HE had just asked ME when we were supposed to get a Heb B booster (which I did know cause the nurse told me). *sigh* So Murray got 2 shots last night - I got one (the correct one)!

I called NHS direct today - which is a free helpline you can call for information. A nurse took my details and my query and called me back later on with info. Thankfully it IS ok that he had that shot a week too soon. She said that it states in their system that you can have the third shot on day 21 OR day 28 - so it's fine. I just wanted to know for sure! Because what if cause of that mess up he wasn't then fully protected? ESPECIALLY since this was for rabies!! Because even WITH these 3 injections - it only means we have up to 24 hours to get to a hospital if we get bit by an animal with rabies - without it you could die!!! I am happy to hear he IS protected after all though, so now I don't have to worry. Although of course we will try and avoid all animals in countries where they still have rabies anyway.


Only a few shots to go now - 3 for me - 2 for Murray - fun fun fun.

I also spoke to the post office this morning, since I still have not heard anything back about the refund I applied for 6 weeks ago. They lost a package I sent to a friend in Minnesota 11 weeks ago:( The guy said 'oh that's funny, they have approved your refund, but they haven't cut you a check or sent you a letter.' Turns out they didn't approve the full amount either - simply because of laziness!! (they can only approve up to a certain amount themselves - anything higher they have to go to a manager). I said to the guy 'I am leaving the country a week from tomorrow, so can we please get this sorted out today?' Luckily he was nice, and said he'd speak to his manager and have a check for the full refund and compensation in the mail to me today. Let's just hope THAT piece of mail does make it to me - they are striking again next week I think.

Now, back to work, I have a ton to do.


At 12:03 PM, Blogger Suze - Manchester UK said...

Doctors here are rubbish! Don't want to freak you out, but I dated one (that's not the scary part) and he said that when he's in his practice and the patient can't see his computer, if he doesn't know the answer, he Googles for it. GOOGLES FOR IT!!!

At 12:44 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Zac starts foaming at the mouth... keep him on a short leash. :-)


At 1:11 PM, Blogger Monique said...

Oh Suze I SOOOOOOOOO believe that. I have the feeling that's what NHS direct did too lol - oh well, at least they gave me a straight & explanatory answer.

Will do Dad! They did say 'if he has any convulsions call us back.' Ummmm ok - scary! She said that's highly unlikely though:)

At 1:12 PM, Anonymous Joni said...

First it was 'Murray', then it was 'Zac', now what.... 'Old Yeller'?!?!?!?!?!?

At 3:22 PM, Blogger Janet said...

Hello Mo,

I haven't been a regular reader, so PLEASE excuse me for asking this -- but do you need all those shots to move to Australia????



At 4:21 PM, Blogger Monique said...

Oh NO Janet lol:) We are going to be travelling around South & Central America - that's what the shots are for!


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