A happy postscript to this story and a reminder that it is good to have friends
As I mentioned in the initial post, we did have to cancel one outdoor clinic scheduled for October 3 which was postponed to October 10. This meant we had 2 clinics scheduled for October 10 for a combined total of 250ish appointments (I know, we are tiny ) and almost no flu vaccine left in either office.
When I posted Friday morning of the 9th, I was so frustrated and in such despair over the prospect of having to cancel- again.
In addition to posting to this group, I reached out to 4 local pediatric friends. First, all four emailed me back within an hour which would have been enough to make me feel better.
But, one of those practices wrote back to say, “we have enough to share; how can we help” That is pediatrics for you right there in that answer!
This led to an incredible 8 hour mini-adventure to purchase a bigger cooler, prep it with conditioned ice packs and the one extra data logger we had, drive the 75 minutes to get there, spend an hour ensuring that the cooler was correctly packed, holding temp and that we would be able to trust the data logger, drive back 75 minutes checking the data logger more frequently than necessary and being met by a wonderful RN who stayed until 8:00 that night to make sure that the vaccine would be correctly transferred to the fridges in each office.
Yesterday (October 10) 250 Green Tree Pediatrics patients got their flu vaccine.