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csziggy's Journal
csziggy's Journal
February 24, 2021

My husband and I got our first Covid vaccinations today!

My doctor's practice is a large one and they have their own immunization clinic normally. So in addition to giving shots at the individual doctor's offices, they are doing it at the clinic.

We got there, filled out the paperwork, got called in along with six other people. They had chairs lined up in the hallway and the nurse worked his way down along the line, giving each person their shots. Then he went through other instructions, handed out cards with our vaccination info and the date to come back for the second shot - that part was easy, three weeks from the first one, at the same time.

By the time he'd covered all of this, 15 minutes had passed and we all left. I really like that there is no uncertainty about when to come back - except the nurse had made a mistake and put down March 13, though he'd told us March 16! I suspect with the hundreds of shots he's given, he's probably getting a bit punch drunk.

Now not quite twelve hours later, my arm is a little sore, about the same as when I got my flu shot. I'm going to bed soon, so I hope I will sleep off any other symptoms.

February 19, 2021

My husband and I have appointments for our Covid vaccines!

I'd signed both of us up with my doctor's office about a week ago and today they called to offer me an appointment. I told them my husband needed his and she made an appointment just a couple of hours later for both of us.

So next week on the 23, we go in for our vaccinations!

February 16, 2021

I need to find a particlur type of connector

I've got some vintage cast iron horse and wagon pieces. Various wagons - grocery, Coca Cola, ladder wagon, fire tank wago, and a beer wagon.

Most are in good to very good condition but I just bought two that while in good condition, need some work. There is a piece, maybe a screw that holds a pair of horses to the double yoke that helps them pull the wagon. Since on the horses that are already attached you only see the brass ends, I am not sure if they are similar to Chicago screw or a rivet. The brass ends are flat on both ends, with no place to use a screw.

I only have two pairs of horses without this attachment, the beer wagon horses need a piece about 3 1/2" and the ladder wagon horses need one only about 2 1/4"

If I knew what this was called, I might could find what I need

By the way, these pieces are vintage, not true antique. They are probably between 40 and 60 years old. They are fairly crudely made, but overall they make a nice collection so I'd love to have the whole set ready to display.

February 10, 2021

Well, this may be why some are not getting their vaccination appointments!

I am in need of my second dose but do not have an appointment. When will I receive my second dose?

If you received your first dose through DOH Leon, we will contact you to schedule your second dose. Be sure to answer your phone when it rings, as vaccine volunteers will not leave voicemail messages. Volunteers may call from non-850 area codes or may appear as “no caller ID” or as “unknown."

If you did not receive your first dose from DOH-Leon, you will need to get your second dose from wherever you received your first dose, or by some other option.

What happens if I am not able to answer my phone when a vaccine representative calls me?

Even if you're not able to answer your phone when a vaccine volunteer representative calls to schedule your COVID-19 vaccine appointment, your name will remain on the master list. Volunteers will periodically call back to attempt to schedule an appointment but will not leave voicemails. So, be sure to answer your phone when it rings if you're waiting for COVID-19 vaccine.


I've given up answering the phone most of the time unless I recognize the number. But this changes things - it seems as though in order to get an appointment, I will have to answer every call. This sucks since I will have to put up with talking to many scammers.
February 8, 2021

I need recommendations for a tasty dry cat food

Problem is, I have three cats with different needs. Sabra, our black kitty, needs to be on a diet and she will eat anything put in front of her. Lucas is about the perfect weight, the most dominant cat, and is only slightly picky. Maya, the smallest, is very picky about her food and last time she was at the vet she'd lost weight.

Sabra weighed 12.5 pounds last time at the vet - she has very small feet, tail, and head and should probably weigh less than ten pounds. The vet talked to me about Sabra's weight so we've been cutting back on her food.

Lucas weighed 12 pound when we got him, 9.5 when he return after getting loose, and is now about eleven pounds. He's a long, lean cat and looks about the right weight to me.

Maya weighed 7.5 pounds when we adopted her, but last vet visit she only weighed 7.2 pounds. She is very picky about her food.

We've been feeding IAMs indoor adult dry food, but none of the cats particularly like it. Once a week we split a can of food among them and they all go nuts over it. They are the little Fancy Feast cans, since none of the cats will eat much canned food at one meal. Maya has been getting Temptations treats since she won't eat much of the IAMs and Lucas has been picking on her so she won't eat in the kitchen when he is there.

I can keep feeding Maya separately but I'm not that sure about the Temptations, though they do say it is a complete cat food.

Any suggestions for a tasty dry cat food that will also be good for a cat on a restricted diet?

February 3, 2021

I called 911 for the first time tonight

My husband was fixing his salad while we talked about the day and what will happen tomorrow. Somehow he inhaled a piece of bacon. While he could pull in air, his throat was spasming and he couldn't seem to breath normally. He was making horrible gasping noises and finally had to sit and looked as though he might fall to the floor. A Heimlich maneuver was not the answer since his throat was not blocked.

So I called 911. By the time they answered and I talked to the woman for a minute, his breathing had gotten better and he did not want an ambulance to come. I told the operator that he was OK and we disconnected. Then the emergency system called back. My husband spoke to them and they recommended that an EMS team come out to check him, so he agreed.

The team arrived about a half hour later, checked his BP, blood sugar, pulse oxygen, and listened to his lungs. Everything was fine - in fact his blood sugar was a fantastic 76! We talked for a few minutes (it must have been a slow night but I also think it is part of their evaluation) and then they went on their way.

While the EMS visit was really unnecessary, at our ages (he just turned 69) it's good to know that if something goes wrong they are on call. By the way, I asked about insurance or payment - if they don't transport a patient, there is no charge.

I'd called the Sheriff's Department non-emergency number in the past, I never had a situation that needed 911 - before. At least this time it turned out fine, though my husband's throat is still a little scratched feeling.

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