Friday, October 23, 2009

The vaxing part 2

The boys have had their first dose of the H1N1 vax.

Mayhem was the very last kindergartner to get the vax, so I got to sit in the cafeteria for almost an hour waiting for him (I played Mini Ninjas on Havoc’s DS.  I think I may get one for myself for Xmas instead of a Kindle) because they didn’t tell us what order the classrooms were in, they just said 8:30-9:15 kindergarten vaxing. First grade was 9:15 to 10:00. The universe smiled on me and Havoc’s class was the first one of the first grade group, so I was able to take both boys at once & get it over with.

Mayhem was a trooper. Had he not been watching her I don’t think he would have flinched but he did have a moment’s panic when he saw the needle coming. It was over too quickly though for him to work himself up. Havoc on the other hand freaked out. Mayhem tried to help, telling Havoc that it hadn’t hurt, it was ok and things but Havoc was having none of it. I held him so the nurse could get to his arm while he cried & carried on. She asked me if I wanted to wait & I told her to just  go ahead, waiting will not help and as soon as he saw the needle go it (Because I could not get him to look away) there was dead silence. Like ‘oh, that’s it? oh.” He does this every time, which is why I don’t let them put it off, it only gives him more time to freak out. Havoc knows there was a nasal spray option & is not too happy he wasn’t given it, which I think added to his freak out. We will be leaving on a 36 hour car trip to spend a week with my 70 year old parents the day he gets the second dose and we didn’t want to take the risk of the live virus with my parents (or honestly, with us, cooped up in a car for 2 days) or I would have chosen the nasal spray for him.

Given the number of kids I saw, I’d say about half the school population was getting the vaxes. Some of the other half have already had either the  vax or the flu & some just aren’t getting it.  Apparently there are 2 teachers and about 30 kids out with it, in the past 6 weeks. Out of about 450 students, so I guess it’s not too bad here yet.  Though 4 of my friends’ families have had it in the next county over.

I stopped by the market & bought the boys a bag of gummie worms and some Halloween colored sno caps for a treat when they get home. Now I am going to go try & defeat the next level on Mini Ninjas


Too Many Hats said...

Glad that dose is over. Sorry to tell you, I have a 16 year old that still acts that way when shots or blood draws are needed - drives me nuts.

Stacie's Madness said...

i hate having to old my kids down for shots.

Leah said...

Glad it's over. I hate having to hold them down too! :(

JUST ME, THE MOM said...

I think that's great they had the vax available through your school. Hopefully it's making it's way throughout the many schools out there. I know so many people are still searching for an option of getting the vax. So WAY to go!


Momstart said...

The flu makes me so nervous because my kids are so young. Goodness. what a trooper.