There was never a doubt in my mind that I would get Chichi all of her vaccines. As a pharmacist, I know how important vaccines are. I am also keenly aware of the increasing number of people who choose not to vaccinate their kids.
Being a paranoid mom, as far as I was concerned, I would either put Chichi in a large bubble to live in for the rest of her life or I would vaccinate her. So vaccinate her I did.
The days leading up to Chichi’s first vaccination, I began to understand why some parents might choose not to vaccinate their child. I was beyond anxious. I was afraid of the little pinch that Chichi would feel. I was really dreading the day. This is very unusual, considering that I vaccinate hundreds of people every flu season without batting an eye.
But there was no way I would even consider canceling. A little pinch is nothing next to potentially getting any of the disease she would gradually become protected against.
When the day finally came, I made hubby come with me. I knew if I had to hold her in my arms, watch her get vaccinate and cry, then I would most definitely cry too.
I told the nurse my fears, and she tells me it’s very common for moms to cry at their baby’s vaccination!
I handed Chichi off to hubby, and waited outside the door. A couple of minutes later, I went back in. She wasn’t crying! They tell me, she cried a little bit, but recovered almost immediately. I was relieved.
The days that followed, I was extra vigilant for any signs of discomfort or fever. Chichi was a little more drowsy than usual that night, but otherwise there were no other signs she’d ever been vaccinated. No fever, no pain, no redness, no swelling, nothing. She was completely back to her normal self the day after, and didn’t even react when I touched her thighs.
We scheduled our next vaccination. Perhaps, I will hold her myself next time!