5.16.2012

Herbie: Every Doctor's Dream Patient

mad boy in rain boots
We went to the pediatrician this week for Herbie's checkup and last round of boosters in preparation for kindergarten roundup in a couple of weeks.

He loved being weighed, measured, blood pressure and pulse taken, eyes tested, etc.

But when it came to shots he was inconsolable. The nurse and I cajoled, offered bribes, gave tough choices, and finally, the two of us just had to pin him to the table for a few seconds while he struggled and yelled at the top of his lungs.

We came out of there with more loot then I've ever seen at a doctor's office: suckers, books, stickers, a token for a prize for each of the kids ... and Herbie was so proud and pleased, as if he'd taken those shots like a man.

For days he's been acting like those three punctures are old war wounds. He's still got the band-aids on, and sometimes he still says he can't do things he's asked to because, "my shots are sore."

We're going to the dentist next week. I'm expecting less drama.



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6 comments:

  1. Haha oh no!!!! Poor guy. I remember hating shots as a kid. I also remember my poor brother being pinned down too. Sometimes that's just what you gotta do though.

    - Sarah
    agirlintransit.blogspot.com

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    1. I think it's pretty common at this age, Sarah. The nurses are probably counting to 100 while Mom does her thing, and is also convinced that pinning is the only way ... :).

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  2. Oh Herbie, I'm so afraid of shots, still untill ... now! I acting like him, but trying not to scream and always closing my eyes, in fact I'm pretty sure I would die when I would see anything! So I fully understand him and must say.. I hate the dentist too, so I wish you a lot of.. patience :D

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    1. It's true -- shots are not fun! Part of the reason it's so hard is you can't lie and say that they're awesome and fun. Everyone knows that they're miserable :(.

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  3. Oh no! Poor guy. Shots are scary! Hopefully the dentist is much easier for him. He prolly won't want all the free toothbrushes! Those aren't nearly as fun as the prizes at the doctors office!

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    1. Oh you wouldn't believe how excited my kids get for toothbrushes, Whitney! Even getting toothpaste totally makes their day :).

      P.S. We already went to the dentist, and he loved it! Keeps asking when we can go again ...

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