Thursday, October 16, 2008

October: Down syndrome Awareness Month (post #9)- The flu shot

Note to self: Don't tell Luke that he will be getting a flu shot today right after school...as you are trying to get him dressed and off to school in time!!

Oh boy, we had a melt down in our home this morning. The last few years we have been very concerned about the flu season because of Reid's low immunity...so off Toby, Reid, and I went to get our flu shots yesterday. Without Luke knowing it I had made an appointment for him to get one as well, for after school today. But, for some crazy reason I decided to inform Luke of this this morning just before heading off to school...gulp...and we were already short on time, which didn't make things any better!!! Immediately after I announced the word "shot" Luke went into hysterics, tears, body shaking...the whole nine yards. In an effort to calm him down I told him that maybe he could get the nasal spray mist instead of the shot. He proceeded to ask, in a shaky little voice, if it hurt? My response started as a naive..."Not really, it just kind of feels funny..." when I could see Toby flagging me with his arms and doing the "cut it" at the throat thing...as he could see that that was not helping matters by any means! Oh dear...well, we managed to get him off to school just in the nick of time....with him quizzing us on more details he could expect later this afternoon... the whole way there. Poor little guy! Enticing him with lollipops and cute tweety bird band aids don't do it for him anymore!!

But, in the name of protecting little Reid he will endure...begrudgingly though!

3 comments:

SunflowerMom said...

Ouch, that was a slip up, huh? Hope it goes okay when you take him in today. We've never used the mist, becuase it has to go in both nostrils. I figured we'd be able to hold my oldest son still for the first side, but never the second side. Shots are more painful, but fast. Of course my oldest is a drama queen and acts like his leg's been sawed off....

Hector and Jennifer Varanini Sanchez said...

Don't you just "love" those mornings when things are already hectic and somebody decides to have a melt down. We've SOOOO been there!

Kele said...

dForgot to say thats the cutest picture ever of the two of them!! I think I will be stealing this one for my post this month, if you don't mind!!