It's been a rough month for the Dada's. It all started in late July or early August when we learned of the CDC's priority list of who should receive H1N1 vaccine inoculations. Being a senior citizen, I was in that group, along with very young children and pregnant women who were the highest priorities on our cruise aboard the Titanic. It was determined I would be sailing First Class!
Mrs. Dada, being younger than I, received no mention. She was in the lowest priority group to be protected. Instead, because of limited supplies, Mrs. Dada was triaged to the "least of our worries" group. She would be somewhere below the upper decks in steerage.
"Well, with my immunity, maybe I'll be able to play nursemaid to you when you catch the swing flu!" was my consolation to her. I'm sure there were other couples around our age who were in that "same boat."
Now we've learned with the revised CDC list, Mrs. Dada has to cede her steerage Titanic cruise ticket. She's received a free upgrade! She is now a member of the priority group! However, we've also learned I've lost my place among the privileged. That's because anyone over 64 is now off the list - *Presto, bingo -- Vanished* - no longer even mentioned! I'm still mentally transitioning in the idea of going from "defendable" to "expendable."
Not even making the list, I'm not sure that I won't end up somewhere 'neath steerage, shoveling coal into the guts of a boiler from hell.
With apologies to all those town hall tea baggers. I guess maybe we do ration health care, huh?