Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Necessary Evils

There are many things in life that are, what I call, necessary evils.  They are things that nobody really enjoys, but they are necessary to functionality of society -  like store checkout lines, taxes, stoplights, and five year old check ups that include 4 shots!

That's what I faced with Emily today.  She was very brave.  She breezed through vision and hearing tests.  She giggled through the physical exam and had a blast turning the tables on the doctor as she checked his blood pressure and heartbeat.  Once all that was done, it was time for the dreaded shots.  First, one in each leg.  She flinched, but didn't cry.  Then, one in the arm and the tears started flowing.  Tears continued through the final shot in the other arm.  After a couple minutes of hugging and promises that there weren't anymore (today at least), she settled down.

Knowing what the appointment would include, I had promised Emily a trip to Target afterwards to spend her remaining birthday gift card.  Know what toy she chose??  A DOCTOR'S KIT!!!!  How ironic is that?!?!  Despite the shots, she had so much fun "playing doctor" with the real doctor, that she wanted to get a kit so she could come home and doctor her stuffed animals "just like Doc McStuffins!" I guess there's not much in life that isn't made better by a bag of Target popcorn, an icee, and a little shopping!



Love this little princess so very much!!!


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11 comments:

Robin @ Pink Dryer Lint said...

I've been mothering for years, and I'm still sad when my girls get shots. Your little one is brave!

SarahA said...

My daughter just turned five and was THRILLED to learn that there would be no shots this year at her checkup!

Jenn @ Something Clever 2.0 said...

What an awesome doctor she has. That's great that she understands shots aren't ALL evil.

The Next Step said...

ah yes, necessary evils. I have a love/hate relationship with them. I always promise my daughter a trip to the candy store for ONE treat after doctor visits - just in case she needs shots - cause I can *never* remember when she does and doesn't.

Insomniac's Dream said...

When The Tinys were small, The Artist and I had to hold them down while they fought for their lives and screamed bloody murder. Every time. Every shot. I am jealous of you. Also, her popcorn, that looks good.

Ali Off The Mark said...

my 5 year old got her full set of kindergarten shots at her last appointment. She was mad at us for a week.

Lisa @ The Golden Spoons said...

Yes! That would be great!! My oldest has to have 1 shot over the summer before she starts middle school and I'm not sure who dreads it more - me or her! Thanks for visiting!! Please come back soon~

Lisa @ The Golden Spoons said...

Her doctor is great - he has three grown daughters (I have three daughters, too), so he knows exactly what I'm going through most of the time and he is great with the kids! Thanks for checking out my blog!

Lisa @ The Golden Spoons said...

Every doctor is on a different schedule with the shots, too, it seems. Nothing wrong with a little ncentive/reward in my opinion! Thanks for visiting!! Hope you'll visit again!

Lisa @ The Golden Spoons said...

Don't be too jealous. :-) I have paid my dies with my oldest. Last time she got a shot - just a flu shot mind you - it took me and 2 nurses to hold her down so they could pop the needle in her leg. She walked out limping, crying, and telling EVERYONE how mush her family must hate her!! Surprised DSS didn't pay us a visit! So glad you came to visit!! Please come back again!

Lisa @ The Golden Spoons said...

Good news is she shouldn't have to have that many at once ever again!! Thanks for visiting and come again soon!!

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