January 22, 2010

Done With Shots

After four seasonal flu vaccines, 16 4-year vaccinations and eight H1N1 vaccines, we are finally done with shots... for now. Our second dose of the H1N1 vaccine was this morning and we actually made it through the appointment with minimal tears. It helped that I brought along Tootsie Pops. How can you spend much time crying when you have a gigantic lollipop waiting for you?
Since the restrictions for the H1N1 vaccine have been lifted, Hubby and I lucked out and managed to get vaccinated today at the pediatrician as well. About a month ago we went to one of the free clinics offered by our county. Thanks to bad Google Maps directions, we spent an hour driving around looking for the site. When we finally found it, we bailed. The location (an elementary school), was in a poorly lit neighborhood (it was dinner time and dark). We would have had to park four or five blocks away and navigate a high-traffic area with our daughters. Not ideal. I was more than happy to pay $15 a piece today for Hubby and me to be vaccinated.
Now the girls just want to know one thing: "Do we have to have a shot tomorrow, too?"

4 comments:

maryanne @ mama smiles said...

Congrats on a minimal tears shot day! Maybe I should bring a tootsie pop to Emma's 4yr appt next month, which I am already dreading...

Quadmama said...

Not to scare you but the 4 year appointment was the worst appointment by far. Four shots at once? Not pretty. After that appointment I decided all appointments involving shots will come with a gigantic lollipop rather than the tiny ones offered by the doctor.

Brooke said...

Mo still plays "flu shot" with his dollies, after experiencing 2 H1N1 and 1 seasonal flu vaccine this year. I just scheduled his 5-year-old appt. and they warned me there will be 3 more shots. Eeek! And he's a kicker and screamer. We'll defintely try tootsie pops, the fruit snacks certainly didn't do the trick!

Quadmama said...

I bought the girls a "doctor kit" for Christmas. They had fun all day yesterday giving each other "shots" since they knew they were getting shots today. It's funny to watch them pretend to cry after their fake shots... not so funny when it's really happening.

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