So Different

by Marinka on December 5, 2012

Recently I had to take my 14 year old daughter and 11 year old son to get their flu shots.

The morning of the day, I texted my daughter.

“Flu shot after school today” and she responded “when and where”

And that was it.

It was slightly different with Young Ladrinka.

First of all, I had to tell him in person, while he was sitting on a fainting couch, surrounded by loved ones.

“Today we have to go get your flu vaccination,” I started as he paled.

“Vaccination is shot, isn’t it?” he j’accused, making shot sound more life-ending than life-saving.

“Yes, but it will be very quick.”

“It’s always very quick, and then the pain is forever,” he looked into the middle distances and rocked a little bit.

“Your arm will be sore for a bit, but not long.”

“Last time I got shot in my right arm, I was almost paralyzed.”

“You were not paralyzed.”

“It felt like I was.”

“No, it didn’t.”

“I think I know how I felt. It was the worst pain in the world.”


“Not as bad as when they tested for iron.”

“I remember that hurt.”

“Yeah, she said she needs a little blood and then stabbed my finger. It still sort of hurts.”

“From August?”

“When I think about it.”

“Maybe not think about it.”

* * *

You’ll be happy to know that the shots were very quick, delivered in quick succession to both kids. My daughter is fine, Young Ladrinka has a limited range of movement, emotional distress and is trying to piece together a loss of future earnings and enjoyment of life claim with his legal team.

I’ll keep you posted.

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tracy@sellabitmum December 5, 2012 at 9:47 am

LOL. I have to sit on my middlest child when she gets her shots. It’s such a fun game we play each year.

I’d like to send flowers to Young Ladrinka. Those men – they learn early.


joeinvegas December 5, 2012 at 9:50 am

I hope he becomes a lawyer.


Mexmom December 5, 2012 at 10:52 am

So funny, I hope he recovers quicky with no long term consecuences.


Megan December 5, 2012 at 11:00 am

Maybe this isn’t a good time to tell him that the flu vaccination also comes in a nasal mist?


Alexandra December 6, 2012 at 1:52 am

The poor baby.

Auggie has to have an annual blood draw and faints every time. Afterward, I have to take him for a “blood prize.” A little something he came up with.



Awesome dude December 6, 2012 at 11:07 am

For every hypochondriac who dies in a car accident 10 new ones are born immediately.
I recognized mine and his father’s genes immediately.
Taking him from school yesterday:
I am not going to perform well at tennis today….sigh
Why not?
I got the shot…flu shot…it is in the left hand…but still…my back hand will suffer……

At the tennis lesson he beats everybody “singlehandedly”…..

After the session:
You see, no problem at all.
I hope you never experience what I went through.

He should become a polygamist, as single person wont be able to provide enough love and attention for him.


December 6, 2012 at 1:56 pm

It’s a guy thing… Still better then suffering from life threatening case of manflu.


Tinne from Tantrums and Tomatoes December 6, 2012 at 3:23 pm

Are you sure he will be alright. Better keep him home from school until March or something… just to make sure…


the mama bird diaries
December 6, 2012 at 9:26 pm

ummm… you know there is a flu mist, right? Kids don’t have to get the shot anymore.


Mama D December 7, 2012 at 12:00 pm

Oh, the drama! 🙂 Flumist all around for my kid every year…not worth the griping about sore arms after the fact.


tracey December 8, 2012 at 7:23 pm

Oh Lord. 🙂


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