Will turned four recently. This means big birthday party, some cool presents and a year of saying 'next year, I'll be five.' It also means he'll be heading to the doctor tomorrow to get his four year shots. I'm not here to debate that issue - suffice it to say, my nephew has autism and Will is fully up to date on all of his shots, on time and on schedule - so that will tell you my personal opinion on it.
What I'm uneasy about is how he'll handle it and whether or not to prep him before hand. So far, he has been fantastic about needles. I remember getting him the H1N1 and looking away when the nurse when to jab him. She said 'okay, all done'. The kid didn't even whimper! I got mine next and I would have bawled but I couldn't have the boy show me up.
A couple of weeks ago, Will got his first wasp bite. Did you hear him? I swear that he rattled windows in Thunder Bay with his screaming. On the weekend, he got a splinter and it was mass hysteria. Suffice it to say, I think as he's aged, his pain tolerance is matching his mothers.
So, do I forewarn him? Do I explain tonight that he's getting two shots tomorrow? My fear is that the first one throws him into such a state that the second one will be hellish. Sort of like me when I got my ears pierced. You can see the major height difference because I was so terrified of the upcoming pain that I jumped ten feet in the air right as she released the gun.
My sister thinks I she tell him about it tonight and show him this video -
Likely better to show him the Bear one as opposed to this...jesus H - who films this stuff??
So how did you handle vaccines now that they're old enough to sort of get it? Forewarn or just let them be surprised (and maybe caught off guard??). He's pumped to go to the doctor because I told him we'd go get a movie and an ice cream after....surprised he's not suspicious!