Saturday, October 18, 2008
I took the kids to get flu shots yesterday. We don't usually get flu shots but it is now being recommended for all children age 6 months to 18 years. I've heard some sad stories of children getting very, very sick with the common flu...so off we went after school. C, K and M were all on the schedule but P will get it next week at his oncologist office.
We walk in and all heads turn. This is a common occurrence. The kids run in and start playing with all the toys at once. The other kids (mostly toddlers) look stunned and possibly frightened at the circus that has just arrived.
Luckily...we did not have to wait long and are called to the very farthest back room. The nurse is also surprised to see our crowd but she takes it in stride and goes to get the syringes. P is the first to see them and pronounces that the needles "are pretty small". He's got lots of experience with needles. I've already told C that I want him to go first so his sisters can see that it isn't that bad. He's looking a bit nervous. All the sudden, he kindof dashes out of the way and says...I don't want to do it. There is a moment of silence and little sister K (age 3.75) says "I'll do it" and she puts her arm out. She gets the shot and says "Ow" and that is it. No crying. Charlie stepped right up after that and even M only whimpered for about 3 seconds. Not too bad at all! It was harder getting everyone to put their jackets back on, stop playing and fighting and leave the office in an orderly fashion.