Second Shot in the Arm!

After reading how others are anxiously trying to get their first vaccine dose, I write this with some trepidation. I got my second vaccine shot on February 1. How did I do that? The credit goes to the people of Erickson Living and their corporate response to the pandemic.

Erickson Living is a national company with 20 retirement communities across the country with 15,000 employees serving more than 27,000 residents. When the pandemic hit, protocols to protect employees and residents initiated. For most of 2020, employees delivered meals and necessities to residents. Masking and social distancing were part of everyone’s day.

In December, we moved into one of those communities, Tallgrass Creek in Overland Park, Kansas. Residents and employees have been living with stringent guidelines for nearly a year now.

Erickson and CVS teamed up to plan inoculations once the vaccine was available. We received our first shot on January 11. It was an all hands on deck socially-distanced process with a fifteen-minute waiting period once the vaccine was in the arm, then we were given cards indicating our booster shot would be on February 1. Yet, I remained anxious as news reports on problems getting the vaccine into the arms of people dominated the headlines.

We have heard of people having a day or two of discomfort following their second shot, but so far, we have only noticed some soreness in the arm. Staff from Tallgrass Creek and CVS continue to innoculate residents and employees methodically. After each shot, you hear cheers and noisemakers to celebrate.

Perhaps lessons learned by Erickson Living would make a good case study for the next pandemic.

…that’s 30 for today.


I am living proof that rainy days do not help the isolation. Here we are on day 42 of the Stay-At-Home Order, and the weather is not cooperating.

Yesterday, it was sunny warm, and delightful. We got some things done around the house and picked up our online grocery order. I ordered some face masks online as it appears they will become a necessary accessory for months to come.

While out, I drove past a massive mall with only a handful of cars in the vast lot. Will these stores survive, or will we adapt to new ways of shopping?

Speaking of adapting, tomorrow, we will gather (six feet apart) in front of my second son’s home to wish our grandson a Happy 5th birthday. No hugging but a a present was mailed earlier.

Today may be aggravating, but we’ve got it better than many. I hope all are doing well, adjusting to what we all hope if a temporary reality. Stay Safe and Wash your hands.

Life after Covid-19

Bits and pieces of what life after this pandemic might look like are starting to surface. While it is likely too soon to know for sure, it could be time to start thinking about how we will adjust.

Distancing will likely drive many changes. Classroom size and numbers of children attending school at the same time. How to manage hall passing and lockers could be an issue. Janitorial tasks could change.

There may well be changes in the workplace. Will the trend to a wide-open workspace change? Will corporations take a closer look at how they plan and manage their environment for the health and safety of employees and customers?

Chruch services? While many denominations treasure their traditions, will we see a change in these celebrations?

Will face masks become a staple in stores other than medical supply firms? How will states and federal governments manage stockpiles of critical medical supplies? Further, will the pandemic planning taskforce be reinstated?

It will be interesting to watch the changes this will have on our society. What are your thoughts? Leave a comment.