Thursday, November 15, 2012

Allergy Shots

The older kids have now been getting weekly allergy shots for a month now.  I  can say that now with a sigh of relief.  I was DREADING them.  DREADING.  The kids would cringe and complain every time we brought it up and the fact that they'd have to do them weekly for 18 months-2 years.  I kept putting them off.  But then we sucked it up and made the appointment for our pre-shot start.  And then 3 weeks later we went back for our first shots.

Both kids were nervous but the PA who administers them was very non-nonchalant and reassured them it would be no big deal.  Bryce was brave and went first and then Caroline went.  And you know what?  It really was no big deal!!!  After their first shot you have to wait 30 minutes to make sure they don't have a reaction and all I kept hearing over and over was, "I can't believe it barely hurt!"  WHEW!  I can't tell you how much I was relieved and how proud I was of them.

Once the first shot is done, you only have to wait 20 minutes after a shot and it's working out perfectly.  My MIL picks the kids up from school, drives them to the allergist and the kids go right in and get their shot.  In the time they are waiting, Jason arrives from work and my MIL can scoot on home.  It works perfectly because she's now 15 minutes closer to home and Jason just packs the kids up and goes home with the kids himself.  It really couldn't work any better.  I appreciate my MIL being so flexible and helping with this.  And then once we move, we'll be within 10 minutes of the office so it will be even easier.

We had a trip up last week where we didn't know that shots were cancelled that day and then earlier this week both kids forgot to take their Zyrtec in the morning (you have to take it at least an hour before your shot), but we just changed the shots to today.  And with any luck, both kids will be no longer allergic to their high reaction allergens.  In fact, I'm hoping that maybe Bryce will even be a little less sensitive this coming spring and we can avoid having to do a course of steroids like we usually do.

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