Let’s have vaccine clinics in the lobby!

Happy Friday everyone! This week flew by — thank goodness! A lot has developed over the past week especially at work. Visitors seeing patients staying at the in-patient floors must have COVID vaccine or COVID negative test in the last 72 hours. The lines to the information desk are getting long. I think maybe while we are at it, we should have a vaccine clinic at all our lobby areas so if they get turned away, they can get vaccinated and not leave feeling empty-handed.

Also at work, all employees (including volunteers and contractors) at my work must have the COVID vaccine by September 30th. If they don’t get vaccinated, they can’t go to work. I’m not sure what the ultimate decision will be for those who won’t vaccinate. Is this an experiment to get more employees vaccinated? In the meantime, unions are negotiating for those who continue to not vaccinate to do weekly COVID tests in order for them to continue working but my employer will remain rigid with their decision. There is an exemption but that applies if the person is reported to get an anaphylactic shock from the vaccine. Honestly I don’t mind that my work won’t budge. As someone working for a public employer, is it financially responsible for tax payer dollars to continue to pay for employee COVID tests? Have my coworkers seen how much COVID tests cost? Also, I’m tired of holding the secondary title of contact tracer at work — it eats up a lot of time from my regular duties.

To have a birthday party or not have a birthday party?

Last Saturday, we went to my husband’s cousins’ daughter’s second birthday party. Now my MIL is egging us to throw a birthday party for Lana and she wants a BIG birthday party inviting EVERYBODY. Her first birthday is happening in a couple of months and we have no clear plans. I talked about it with my parents, they’re…well…not too keen on a big birthday party because of the Delta virus obviously. I’m still thinking about it too. Actually, I wrestle with what kind of birthday party to throw for Lana because for my first birthday, it was a big birthday party — the ideal party his mom wants. It was an event people dressed up for, there was entertainment, a large cake, and a lot of people attended. In contrast, my husband grew up poor and had none of that for his birthday party. In Asian culture — though I am Asian-American I am still learning — Asian parents love to show off their kids like they’re shiny accessories (more on that for a future post). I see this birthday party as an opportunity to show off her successful son and her granddaughter through a big birthday bash. Side note: I’m glad my parents never showed me off or put myself against my siblings or cousins.

I would much prefer to have the birthday party at a restaurant than my house because I don’t want to clean after everyone. But we’re not living under ideal times to have a party at a restaurant. When I think about the first birthday party I had, should she get that type of birthday party because I had one? Well…let’s say when I look at the photos from my first birthday, I don’t know 90% of the people who attended.

Bout of Books

I’m participating in the 32nd Bout of Books. Can’t wait to get it started!

Current reads: Yes, these are all what I’m currently reading. I don’t read all of these everyday but here’s what I’m working on.

  • A Promised Land  by Barack Obama (in audiobook and from the library) – I borrowed this audiobook from the library. And I enjoy listening to audiobooks in my car. Just FYI, everytime I have to renew the book, I have to wait several weeks.
  • The House by the Cerulean Sea by TJ Klune (borrowed from the library) – Strange to say, but this book helped me think what Lana thinks or will display later on: curiousity, playfulness, mischievousness, imaginative, and candidness. I’m not too fond about the whimsiness of an orphanage setting — maybe because I know people who work in Child and Family Services and child welfare and it’s anything but whimsical.
  • Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley (for the book club) – I am enthralled with this book! First of all, the story centers around Native American life. Usually most books around Native Americans take place in the past, but this one is contemporary and they’re doing regular things like going to parties, hanging out with friends, listening to today’s music, etc. It’s a thriller and it talks about community health (I know I’m a nerd).
  • Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning by Cathy Hong Park – I am so tempted to speed through this book because it is so engaging, but I need to slow down. I like to use this opportunity to reflect my Asian American Experience, my minor feelings.
  • Caste: The Origins of Our Discontent by Isabel Wilkerson – same with this one too. I want to go back and research some of the parallels in history she is referring to. It’s incredibly fascinating. This was a book I had to read for book club last month but I did not want to speed through to finish.

#WeekendCoffeeShare

13 thoughts on “Let’s have vaccine clinics in the lobby!”

  1. Birthday parties can be a delight and a great way to celebrate special occasions…turning ONE for example. It’s not for the baby who has no idea but is the the parents and grandparents etc. I am so sorry Covid is messing with this. It is happening big time in the part of Australia where I live and there are no contact birthday parties or any kind of family get together. Last week we celebrated our daughter’s 50th via Zoom! Denyse #weekendcoffeeshare

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    1. Turning one is a big deal in many Asian countries but I don’t think I could afford the birthday party my grandparents put together. And by the way, happy 50th birthday to your daughter! I’m not sure if my MIL would be too pleased with having a virtual birthday party. Last November for Thanksgiving, I suggested to have Thanksgiving at my house or we do a virtual celebration if they felt the drive was too far. Normally we would make the 180 km drive to his family’s house, but at the time I just gave birth a month ago and we were too tired. Asking us to drive was too much. My MIL absolutely did not want to have a virtual Thanksgiving, if that was the option she would prefer to cancel Thanksgiving. In the end we did that drive.

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  2. I understand your dilemma about the birthday party. Whatever you decide, it will be a party for the adults really rather than your daughter – her turn will come when she’s old enough to understand that what is happening is in her honour and to remember it. I hope you can work out a plan that feels right to you while pleasing your MiL.

    And thanks for the book suggestions – I like the sound of Firekeeper’s Daughter and will look for it 🙂

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  3. Birthday parties are a dilemma right now. Both my kids has birthdays in the summer, and this year it was only the three of us celebrating their special days. I tried to make them as special as I could.

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  4. Sounds as if you are in a bit of a conundrum – please the MIL or go with your own instincts. Maybe there is a compromise in there somewhere. When my daughter was three my MIL bought her an Easter dress. It hurt my feelings that she would take that pleasure from me, but I got over it by letting my daughter wear the dress she bought for church and one I bought for a visit with the Easter bunny. Best of luck.

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    1. This conundrum is pretty constant with her and I — from wedding planning to raising a kid. I guess struggle with it because his family’s side is so traditional, I just don’t want to feel like I’m being insensitive. I think the Easter dress situation is a good compromise.

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  5. Hi Julie. It is hard when family is insistent on having their expectations met for special days. It sets up situations where someone is going to win and another is going to lose which often means that almost everyone loses. This is never my idea of fun. Hope somehow this works out for as many as possible.

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  6. My Hubby was in hospital last October. The line to get in once he was in a room took an hour (Pre-vaccine time). Temp checks. masks, and signing a waiver to release hospital from liability were required. As I walked up to his room, I saw patients lining the halls near the ICU units. It was frightening. Then, again, he was in back in April this year. Very scary, but not as bad. There was still a line that took nearly 45 min to get through. Vaccine card got you in a shorter line, masks required. No patients in the halls. Now, the new “covid unit” is filled with little ones (too young for vaccine) and delta variant patients. Praying everyday that Hubby stays well so we don’t need to go back.

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