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Tip Me Tuesday - H1N1 Vaccine Edition

Welcome to Tip Me Tuesday! The Blogisphere is full of wonderful people, willing to share great advice. We just have to ask for it. That is why I have started Tip Me Tuesday. An easy way to ask for tips and suggestions about any problem you might be having. Nothing is off limits and everyone is welcome to participate. Or just share a great tip of your own. Just make your own Tip Me Tuesday post and return to leave the link below...

The kids all got their shots yesterday. I figured I'd wait and see if any major adverse reactions were reported, before letting them get it.
Here are a few lessons that were learned...

Avoid Winding Roads- Ross has always suffered from car sickness, even a small baby. Thus, we have always tried to take the straightest stretch of road to any location. It was impossible yesterday. She barfed all the way there and all the way back home. Thank goodness none got on her clothes.

If Your Child Can Read, Cover His/Her Eyes- Tallen taught himself to read as a toddler. We sometimes "forget to remember" that LOL All the way there, he was reading road signs to Renni. He slightly panicked, when his dad drove past the Do Not Pass sign, but calmed down when Renni explained to him that it means other cars and not the sign itself. As they turned into the parking lot at the health center, there was a huge sign that read Flu Shots Given Here! Tallen saw this and read aloud, "Flu...Shots...Given...Here..." then faster, when he knew all the words, "Flu Shots Given Here!", he smiled. Then his smile faded, "Wait a minute. Flu Shots Given Here? I'm not getting a flu shot!".

Do Not Let One Patient Witness The Frightened Screams Of Another Patient -
In an effort to herd patients through at a higher rate of speed, the nurses had the next in line wait outside the door of the current patient. The door that Selly, Renni, and Tallen waited outside of was not closed. So Tallen saw a little boy his age being held by his mother, with his pants down, getting a shot to the leg. The child was screaming the whole time. Tallen panicked. "Hey! What are you doing to him?! Is he OK?! Little Boy, are you OK?! Don't you people know that shots are dangerous?!". Which leads me to my next tip...

Don't Let Your Child Google His Medical Questions (and never, ever, let him watch Stewie from Family Guy on YouTube!)
Not that I exactly "let" him, sometimes he just does it. But, whenever he wants to know anything and is not satisfied with the answer I give, he Googles it. Obviously, I would never be stupid enough to plant the seed in his brain that shots are dangerous. At any rate, he was so shaken by what he had seen, he was ready to bolt out of the place! So, Renni held him facing her, as Selly and a nurse got his pants down and held his legs, so another nurse could give him the shot. As this is happening, Tallen wasn't crying, but he was livid and, I am sure, also feeling extremely violated. Here's the Stewie part, which makes me roll laughing, especially if I imagine him using Stewie's voice. Tallen screamed, "What are you doing?! What is wrong with you people?! Don't you know shots are dangerous?! You're going to kill someone, you Jackass!" As everyone was made aware of Tallen's problem ahead of time, nobody took offense, and probable got a chuckle out of it themselves...

Remain Calm And Your Child Will Remain Calm (Unless that child is Tallen, of course) Ross came through with flying colors. She watched Cina and Hubs get their shot and watched for their reactions. Then, when her turn came, she didn't fight or cry and was pleased as punch with her new Dora bandage. I'll admit that even I was shocked that she didn't cry, especially when the needle went in. Go figure...


  1. NO car sickness in our family but what good suggestions for those that do. As for remaining calm. I think my kids freak out more than i do.

  2. My 1yr old actually had the flu, and was quarantined with the small group of kids they were going to admit to the hospital (all under the age of 3).

    They were all so sick most of the points above were moot - they were too out of it to care. Except for kids that age, they need to have IV access lines put in for the IV antibiotics and anti-virals. And for their urine tests - catheters.

    Standing outside while the other little sick kids get needles and tubes poked into them is not only tough on the waiting kids... It's tough on the waiting parents too.

    Hope those flu shots don't leave too much of a bad reaction, and thanks for sharing your tips!

    Here from SITS.


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