Oct 24, 2017

Kindergarten Shots

In case you missed it Addison turned five on the 15th of this month which means a regular yearly checkup, but also it means kindergarten shots.

I doubled checked that it was the right time for those shots during her year four checkup since she wouldn't be starting kindergarten and as I suspected they do it at five years even though she will have another year until kindergarten.

I have learned with Addison that it is better to tell her what is coming and she had known for a couple of weeks that the appointment and shots were coming. The night before we talked about how brave she was going to be and how they were going to hurt but then it would stop hurting. And we talked about the special treasure chest her doctor had for kindergarten shots. The conversation took a weird turn when we talked about how daddy would react to getting shots and she couldn't stop laughing at the thought of daddy crying like a baby.

But then Monday rolled around and as soon as she got up, we talked about the shots that would come in just a couple hour's time. Her response was that she wanted a Star Wars robot on her pancake this morning - they had been having Star Wars pancakes so it wasn't completely weird.

Then we headed off to the appointment and I think I was more nervous than she was. I knew she was dreading the shots and I was dreading being completely outnumbered by the kids and knowing that I definitely couldn't carry her if she had a breakdown. But we were going to survive this appointment and I was going to be as positive as I could (which is quite an accomplishment for me since I'm a bit of a pessimistic).




So we got there and the kids had a blast playing in the waiting room while we waited for our turn. Then it was our turn. She got her height and weight taken then she read an eye chart - her eye sight is great by the way. Then just a regular old checkup until it was time for the shots.

The nurse asked me if we needed to bring in someone else to hold her legs. I was hestiate knowing that she hates being held down. I mean she goes into full on panic mode - which I don't blame her in the slightest. So I talked to her and asked her if she could hold still. She promised she would. They had me hold her upper body and arms, leaning over her so that she would see me and not what they were doing.

Then they went for it. Two nurses and five shots. They do them as quickly as possible, each putting a shot in her legs at the same time to get through them quickly. She immediately starts crying then the shots were over. She calmed quickly but I think her legs hurt because she didn't want to stand up.

But eventually she got moving thanks to our doctor's special 5-year old shot box. She ended up picking out two Shopkins. She also got two stickers (Star Wars) and a sucker. She told me she wanted to walk slow because her legs were a little sore.

By the time I dropped her off at school about an hour later she was fine and running around with her friends while we waited for drop off. I'm definitely good being done with these shots. I know I will have to do it again for Connor in a few years but at least right now these awful shots were done. She will never have that many shots at the same time again which is a huge relief.

I heard that the kindergarten shots are the worst and in some ways they really are. I hate having to do all shots for the kids because it's just not fun and the screaming and sometimes the way they look at you like you betrayed them. But these shots are painful and she's bigger and harder to hold down.

But they are done and I definitely am relieved.


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