When Katherine was little, she got ear infections. A LOT of ear infections. There was a point there when she was about 2 when it felt like she was alternating weeks – odd weeks were infections in the left ear, even weeks in the right ear. This past week, we found out what a blessing-in-disguise it was. You see, when we thought Katherine had an ear infection we’d take her into the pediatrician, they’d look in her ear, say “Yep, it’s a red as a cherry in there!”, give her a script for fruit-tasting antibiotics and send us on our way. Notice that nowhere in there did she get a shot?
Lucy on the other hand has been spared a great deal of ear infections. That, in turn, means that the majority of her trips to the pediatrician have been for her regular checkups.
And her regular vaccinations. Which are delivered, of course, with a shot. The definition of “shot” for a 21-month old is
THE FIERY SCIMITAR OF ANGUISH – FOR WHICH YOU ARE GOING TO PAY BECAUSE I WILL MAKE SURE EVERYONE IN THE WAITING ROOM…
…KNOWS EXACTLY WHAT KIND OF BUTCHERS WORK HERE!!
Yeah, Lucy doesn’t like shots.
At her previous checkup, she started getting antsy when CJ carried her into the waiting room. For this past week’s appointment? CJ was about to turn off the main street onto the side street that connects to the pediatrician’s parking lot when Lucy started saying “no, no, no, no, no!”
Sigh. Has the memory of an elephant, that one.
CJ managed to get her into the waiting room and calmed down a bit. That is, until the nurse called her name. At which point Lucy burst into tears and sobbed through the weighing, all the way into the examination room.
Thankfully it was the Tinker Bell room, of which Lucy is a huge fan, so again, CJ was able to get her distracted and calmed down. That is, until the nurse came into the room with the gloves on and the needle in hand.
“No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, noooooooooooooooo!”
Screams and sobs when CJ pulled Lucy’s pants off. Screams and sobs when CJ laid her on the table. Screams and sobs when CJ held her still for the nurse.
Lucy: *hysterical sobbing*
CJ: “You see Lucy? It’s all done!”
Lucy: “All donnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnne!” *more hysterical sobbing*
Thankfully, this checkup only required one injection.