les Davey de France

Alan and Pat live and work in Bordeaux. Alan is a pastor and Pat was a nurse. Now we work with UFM worldwide. Read on! (If you'd like to know what took us to Bordeaux, then start with the archives from September 2004)

Monday, March 29, 2021


 So my appointment to be vaccinated was for 17:48. In our local surgery there are two doctors and both were taking rendezvous, 8 minutes apart. I thought it highly unlikely that they could really vaccinate people in 8 minutes, all the admin included, so I didn't bust a gut to arrive on time. I was about 2 minutes late.

At the door the two eager young doctors were hovering. The one has a man-bun, the other shaves his head. I often wonder what would happen is you could average them. Anyway, I digress.

The one with the man-bun checked my name off his list and then took my Carte Vitale. 

"We'll do the necessary, you'll have a short wait, the nurse will do the jab, then you'll need to wait here a while before going home."

"I thought you'd never be able to do a patient every eight minutes!"

"We're doing them every four."

They'd combined their list and created a kind of vaccination-line.

So while they did the necessary I sat in the little waiting area. After just a couple of minutes the nurse called me in.

"Which side?"

"This side", I said, rolling up the sleeve of my tee-shirt.

"Oh, you're well-prepared in a tee-shirt!"

In went the injection in no time.

"Do you have Doliprane?"

"We have enough for a week."

The nurse laughed.

Out into the waiting area and I got my certificate of vaccination, entitled "Données télétransmises à l'Assurance Maladie". "We'll just keep you here a little while. Do you have Doliprane at home?"

"We have enough for a week!"

The doctor laughed.

I sat and read my book. Every so often the bald doctor would call a name and say "It's OK for us." and the person would go home. Soon it was my turn.

Very impressive!

Pat's doctor told her to take paracetamol as a precaution, so she didn't until she developed flu-like symptoms.

My doctors didn't tell me to take it as a precaution, so, of course, I did.

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