I’m Really Sold on the New Shingrix Vaccine – Just Look How it Helps Get Rid of Shingles

OK! I know what you are thinking… “Where did that come from”? Perhaps from the deepest recesses of this cluttered mind. Two unrelated events:

  1. We finally decided to get our shingles vaccination. Kind of a dry run for the upcoming Covid vaccine. In any event, getting a vaccination in Covid times is an adventure. Precise appointment times, masks, verbal consent signatures and an injection, right through the bandage. Cool right? A few hours later, our arms hurt like Hell. Good thing we opted to get the shot on the opposite side to the one we sleep on. Two days later, all was better. Still one more shot to come and hopefully the Covid vaccine somewhere in there too.
  2. Tuesday night, just as my Patty was reading a text from son L who lives 15 km West of us, wondering if they should go shelter in their basement, our house shook thunderously, rain flew horizontally, snow swirled and the wind howled. Suddenly, there was the loud sound of something hitting the house. What the H— was that? Turns out, we had a snow squall yesterday, with wind gusts up to 107 k/h (66 m/h). Looking out the upstairs window, I could see pieces of roof shingles laying on my deck roof. I tried to tell myself they must have come from the neighbour’s house, but when I ventured outside in the dark, I could see the awful truth. They were from MY roof. With the thought of more flying shingles and the sounds of the howling wind, there was very little sleep last night.

This morning, with the return of daylight, I went out to assess the damage and found shingles in my yard and that of the neighbour. I had to walk to the end of my street to see the upper roof and it was a sad sight indeed. The manufacture warranty against wind damage expired 5 years after installation (2012), so it would be an insurance claim. Now, all I have to do is find a roofer who can visit to quote. They are all rushing around to other homes and businesses who are in the same boat.

Here are the scenes of destruction.

We went out for a little walk today after the wind died down to about 60 k/h (37 m/h) and it was interesting to see the damage around town. At first, it was just tree branches and leaf debris. But, then we started to see missing shingles and dangling flashing. Hopefully, the winds die down soon, so we can get some sleep tonight.

Staring North into the teeth of a 60 k/h wind
Could have been hazardous walking here last night
Looks like a calm scene, but its not
Tree debris
No leaves left on the tree right now
The “calm” after the storm
It was at this point, we opted to turn so the wind was at our backs
The power of the wind on someone else’s house
Wind tree pruning job

Published by kagould17

After working for 43+ years (38 years 7 months with my last company), I finally got that promotion I waited my entire career for……retirement. I have been exploring this new career for the past 3+ years and while it is not always exciting, the chance to do what I want for myself and my family instead of what my company wanted me to do has been rewarding. While I still miss the social aspect of working with a team of great people, I have managed to keep in touch with many from my former team and I have many friends and family members who now fulfill this part of my life. Now that my Patty has retired, we are able to spend more time in pursuits and with people who are near and dear to us. I enjoy photography, gardening, working with my hands, walking, cycling, skiing, travelling, reading and creating special photo and video productions obtained in my first pastime. I may not become wealthy in any of these pursuits, but I already feel I am rich in life experiences far beyond any expectation.

36 thoughts on “I’m Really Sold on the New Shingrix Vaccine – Just Look How it Helps Get Rid of Shingles

  1. Yikes – what a mess. We had the same wind here – only it picked up strength when it headed to Alberta. You’re pretty smart Allan – you don’t want to do the repairs yourself ??

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    1. I have not heard if the wind got to Sask, but it could have been worse there. I only went up on the high roof once and it was way to scary. No way I am going up there in winter. The insurance company has called a roofer to come and tarp. Thanks for reading Ann. Hope all is well. Allan

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    1. Yup. Kinda crazy. Apparently the last snow squall in Alberta was 12 years ago. Insurance company has called for emergency tarp to be installed, but maybe not before tomorrow and the snow is now starting to fall. Yay. My son lost some aluminum fascia on his house. We see shingles on the ground when we walk now and many people may not even know their roof was damaged. They go to work in the dark and come home in the dark. We have now had 9 items of misfortune in 2 weeks (you know how they say bad luck comes in 3’s – well, we have had 3 sets of 3). Thanks for reading Allan


  2. I hope you are feeling better after your shingles vaccination, apparently there are no severe downsides to vaccination except that the price can be steep if it’s not covered. I’m sorry to hear about your roof damage, that’s so awful, I can only imagine how strong were the winds that day. I hope you get to fix it soon. Take care, Allan 🙂

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    1. Felt great after 2 days, except for the injection site. I was lucky, the vaccination was covered under my private insurance, so I only had to pay about 1/3 of the cost. Yup, the roof is a bit of a mess and the roofing company has not yet shown up to cover it. And the snow is falling. Yay. Supposed to be a tarp on it by end of day tomorrow. Fingers crossed. Never seen winds like that. Lots of houses with wind damage. Thanks for reading Aiva. Allan

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  3. Oh no!!! That’s not good, hopefully can get it fixed soon. We’re good cause we’re going downhill and neighbor’s house is higher then ours. I totally missed the whole thing, no wind where I was, totally oblivious. Hugs

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    1. This was item #8 of our recent spate of bad luck, so as we had Item #9 shortly after that, we hope we are now done with our 3 sets of 3. There are houses all over town with missing shingles or flashing. Will have to see how long it takes to get the roofer here.. Cheers


    1. The wait for roofers right now is 2 weeks. Not a good thing. The way our luck is running lately, we would have got shingles, if we did not have the vaccine. I think our son’s arm was sore for about the same time from the Covid shot. I hear the 2nd one is a bit worse. Stay well and thanks for reading Lori. Alln

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  4. We were going to do the Shingles vaccine last year after our ski trip and then… and now I keep forgetting to phone and make an appointment for it.
    Ah shingles and wind. I saw most of an entire roof (sheeting and all) blow off a house a few years ago in a plough wind. Bloody scary what that wind can do. We lost the snow shovel but went for a hike through the hay field and eventually found it. The crazy storm the time before that we had more damage. Good luck with getting it repaired.

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    1. We put it off for a long time too. Glad we got it under way. Yup, the wind really messed this area up. Still waiting for a roofer to call me. First time, we have ever had a shingle even lift. Hope our run of bad luck is up. As they say, things come in threes. Well we are at 9 right now. Thanks for reading Bernie. Allan


    1. Yes, it was petty brutal. We seemed to get the higher winds here and our 2nd floor roof is pretty exposed. Fingers crossed that they can protect the roof, before the snow returns. Congrats on the inoculation. It will be a while for us. Hope Pfizer shipments are restored soon. Stay well and thanks for reading Lynette. Allan

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  5. Wow! That is some crazy wind! On my drive home that night I was nearly thrown into the ditch multiple times. The wind had died down lots by the time I made it home but we got hit hard through the night. We were awoken by lots of loud banging that turned out to be our flashing banging on the wall. My mind was racing because I thought our tin shed had been tore apart at first! I worried that something would fly through someone’s windows. Sure didn’t get much sleep that night lol
    Glad you didn’t get blown away!

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    1. Hi Angie. Glad the wind did not throw you into the ditch. It sue did a number on my shingles. The wind howled all night long and every thunk or clunk, I though, Oops there goes another shingle. They came today and put a patch on it until they can repair the roof properly. Hope your property did not have too much damage. Thanks so much for reading and commenting. Allan

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      1. It was the craziest wind I’ve ever seen. And the winds continued for another 2 days although only gusting to 60 k/h. Waiting to hear what my insurance will do, but at least a temp patch has been done. Stay well and thanks for reading. Allan

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    1. All the shingle ladies. All the shingle ladies. Ha Ha. Yes, the snow squall is an infrequent (thank goodness) weather phenomenon with high winds, horizontal rain, sleet, hail, snow (or like in the Tuesday case, all of the above. Fortunately, My TD insurance agent got a repair guy out within 36 hours and I am battened down for whatever winter throws at me. Not sure when the permanent fix will be done, but with 3 sets of 3 bad luck items in 3 weeks, we ae ready for some good luck. Thanks for reading. Allan

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    1. Interesting times for sure. The temp repair got done yesterday, so just have to wait until they can reroof the West side. The wait for a roofer in Edmonton right now is 2 weeks, so I was lucky. Thanks for reading guys. Allan


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