So for my masters program I have to do this 200 hour practicum (which I talked about here) which I am starting this semester. I have spent a fair bit of time worrying about exactly how to get my hours in, but I kind of forgot to worry about the things I needed to do before I could even START logging time. Turns out, I have to be CPR certified and have proof of a ton of vaccines before I can get started. Well, I recently got a tetanus shot (due to a run in with a rusty nail... so cliche) that had the whooping cough included, so that one wasn't a big deal, but the Hep B and the MMR...let me ask you how you go about proving you had your MMR and Hep B vaccines when you were a child?
"Call my doctor" you say. Yes, that seems logical. And is exactly where I started. But turns out my current doctor has a check mark in the box that says 'Was vaccinated as a child' or whatever, but doesn't actually have a copy of the real record. Everything is electronic now and... well... they just aren't sure. There MIGHT be a copy off site someplace. Someone might be going there this week... they can look. ( I don't think this women will ever call me again) So I call my pediatrician. Which... just feels strange. Henry goes there now, and my mom worked there forever, but to call as a 32 year old adult asking for my medical records from when I was a child... I felt bad for the girl taking the call.
'Yes... I haven't been a patient there in 14 years and I got these shots in the 80's and 90's but I REALLY need proof. SOON. Can you help me?"
So they are sending someone to their off site location to track them down. Which is most likely just a storage unit or something, but I prefer to think of it as a dark damp cave where the people searching must wear head lights and carry a large weapon to keep the bats away.
They said they could test my blood to prove I had the vaccines, but my insurance wont pay for it because it's for school and not medically necessary and student health wont cover it because I am only a part time student. Oh the joy of living in the loop holes. So the point of all of this is I am sending the medical records people into the bat cave. Wish them luck, I really need these records.
Anyway, while I wait for those I am getting CPR certified tonight. My big program orientation is Friday so I am working long days this week to make up for the time off, which means I am putting in a ten and a half hour day BEFORE going to the CPR certification class that lasts three hours. What a fun start to my week. At least I will be able to save your life if your heart stops after tonight!