Just an update on our flu shot adventure from yesterday…
Everything went well. There were still some tears and a tiny bit of screaming near the end, but all in all it was a typical flu shot adventure. Here are some pictures taken of my daughters in the doctor’s office while they anticipated his arrival…and the arrival of the needles.
For the shots, we went with the pre-determined order:
It seemed to work well. While youngest daughter got her needle, middle daughter and eldest daughter huddled together, covered their eyes and eldest daughter sang in middle daughter’s ear to try to block out youngest daughter’s crying.
Next up was eldest daughter who did start to repeat “I don’t want it” again, but much more calmly this year and all the while, presenting her left arm to the doctor. She barely even flinched when the needle pierced her skin. Middle daughter kept her eyes covered.
Next up was me. Middle daughter wanted me to go before her because she knew I would not cry and seeing me get the needle without crying made her feel braver. In order to get the desired effect, middle daughter said she needed to watch me get the needle to SEE me not cry. Unfortunately the moment she saw the needle “poke my skin” was when she lost it. Her eyes grew to only twice their normal size and she started to cry and say no. If she could have run out of the room she most likely would have. But her two sisters and I were there for her and she bravely and reluctantly got her flu shot.
And then it was over…for this flu season anyway. Unfortunately if we decide to get our flu shots at the beginning of the next flu season we will be getting flu shots again later this year. I have not informed my daughters of this reality yet. For now I am enjoying a successful round of influenza vaccinations. I am not sure it could ever be worse than it was in 2008.