Monday, October 16, 2006

Poor Baby

The Little Dude has just had his 12 month immunisations, including for hemophilus influenza type B, measles, mumps and rubella, and meningococcal C.

Ever since IVF, I have lost my previous phobia about needles, but I must say it was hard to watch. One minute, the Little Dude was capering around cheerfully as usual, then he was smiling uncertainly at the nurse as she wielded the needle, and the next he was howling fit to burst. I don't think he likes that nurse any more!

The needles seemed very long for such a small person. Was it just my tortured imagination that made them look as if they were about a quarter of his whole body length? I had to avert my eyes by the third one.

And now he is very miserable, as he deals with side effects like:

  • low grade fever
  • soreness and swelling at three injection sites
  • headache
  • muscle pains
  • nausea
  • runny nose
  • irritability
  • swollen glands

He seems to have them all, this time. And I guess by irritability, they mean his screaming like a banshee, waking up whimpering every few hours last night, and needing to be held for 24 hours straight.

Every now and again, he makes an unhappy little bleating noise like a sad little sheep. He hasn't done that since he was a newborn.

He is breaking my heart.

Poor baby.

13 Comments:

Anonymous Rosie said...

My my, the poor little guy. Hope he is feeling better soon. That seems a lot at one time.

3:37 PM  
Blogger Rob said...

He's a tough little guy - no worries. He'll be ok - you'll see, mom! :-)

(been there, done that)

6:00 PM  
Blogger Cat said...

No it's not your imagination those needles are long! I hope little dude feels better soon.

6:08 PM  
Blogger Satan said...

Awwww. Give him some cuddles!

6:44 PM  
Blogger oldbear said...

Love to little dude from Ja... errrrgh the SW corner of California!!!

May his misery cease soon! How many days does this usually last?

6:57 PM  
Blogger trueself said...

Poor Little Dude. Give him a few extra hugs from all his internet uncles and aunties.

9:55 PM  
Blogger Lickety Split said...

No ibuprofen or acetaminophen? That always seemed to take the edge off for my kids...

6:04 AM  
Blogger aphron said...

It's far more traumatic for the parent than the child. Welcome to parenthood.

6:41 AM  
Blogger Desmond Jones said...

Those one-year immunizations are so traumatic for the poor kid. Just give him lots of hugs. He'll be right as rain in a couple days. . .

7:40 AM  
Blogger oldbear said...

Hi Desmond, I loved that turn of a phrase, "Right as Rain".

Havent heard it in ages. Thank you!

8:11 AM  
Blogger flutterby said...

That reminds me that The Kid is overdue for his shots. Doh!

Hope the little Dude is feeling better. It's tough on Mommy's, too, seeing their little ones in rough shape.

Best wishes.

8:54 AM  
Blogger LBP said...

It's no fun, keep pushing the Tylenol/Motrin. It's all better, much better, than the diseases you're preventing.

9:21 AM  
Blogger Desmond Jones said...

oldbear - probably comes from watching too many BBC shows on PBS. . .

9:29 AM  

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