Flu season sucks.
Flu season as a parent sucks even more.
Flu season as a parent of a child with epilepsy and underlying neurological disorders with a potential deadly pandemic thrown in, sucks beyond words.
Last year, our whole family got the seasonal flu shot. This year, I’m not sure… still weighing the pros and cons. Besides, it looks like my children already have the flu—which actual strain it is will remain unknown as doctors have stopped taking swabs. Apparently the labs can’t keep up with the cost and time required to test for H1N1 so, they don’t. But if it walks like a pig and oinks like a pig, chances are it’s Swine Flu.
Do you plan to get your kids the H1N1 vaccine? If so, don’t handle the needle situation like I did..
Here’s what I did last year:
Before we headed to the doctor, I really upsold the shot. “Nooooo. The SHOT won’t hurt AT ALL. See this syringe (the one you use to dose out children’s Tylenol), it’s just like this. Nothing scary about that, right?”
God I’m stupid sometimes.
First of all, my son did not appreciate the word “shot”. Take note. Use the word “vaccine” instead – it doesn’t conjure up images of a gun blast to the upper arm. My children are cursed with my over-active imagination apparently.
Secondly, don’t lie to your child. Obviously, don’t tell them the truth either – that SHOTS can sting like a son-of-a –bitch. Just don’t show them a harmless syringe and lull them into a false sense of calm. Upon seeing the needle at the doctor’s office my son screamed and pointed an accusatory finger at me. “What? Are you kidding? You didn’t tell me there was going to be a PIN in it!?” Guess it took him by surprise. He’s like me. He likes to be prepared. My bad.
He also didn’t appreciate the nurse’s trickery. “Why did she tell me to look at the polar bear poster? She was trying to trick me! When I turned my head, she stuck that pin into me! Why would she do that?”
Right after the injection I asked my son if it hurt.
He said, “No actually. It didn’t really hurt at all.” Then he was walking on air because 1) it was over 2) he was all proud of his bravery 3) we were off to get the candy I promised him after his SHOT
As we left the doctor’s office…
Me: Are needles that bad?
Him: No. Not at all.
Me: If you had to get another one, would you be afraid?
Him: Nope. Not at all.
Me (In my head): Phew. Thankfully I won’t have to battle with him about this in the future. My god I’m a fantastic parent.
Okay, maybe that fantastic otherwise I’d have thought to take a video of that verbal exchange. Somewhere over the course of this year my son developed a paralyzing fear of shots…ahem, I mean, vaccines. If only I had evidence to remind him there really isn’t anything to be afraid of. Well, in terms of the injection itself that is. Personally, the thought of the H1N1 vaccine to me is indeed scary, hence the giant controversy. But, he doesn’t need to know anything about that. I am doing enough worrying for the both of us (and them some).
Keep healthy everyone!
Hugs and kisses
Oh wait, hugs and kisses are out of the question this season. Oops.
Sending you a big ol’ high five instead. Hang on – absolutely no contact. So those are out too.
Ok then, I’m waving at you from afar, with a smile on my face (though you’ll just have to take my word for it since you can’t see it underneath my mask).