Friday, March 06, 2009

Doctor's Visit

Tuesday was E's 6 month doctor's appointment.  She seems to have figured out a lot about going to the doctor.  She now cries when she goes on the table scale--she knows she doesn't like to be naked on a table.  The nurse had the nerve to ask if she sees many people when we're at home, as if E. was dealing with stranger anxiety rather than doctor visit anxiety!  She sees tons of people and little kids at my mommies' group, at the homeschool co-op, at church, on the subway, etc.  

Also, she can deal with the doctor examining her in my lap but once she has to go on the table, she cries again.  It's just unsettling, I guess.  But she doesn't seem to mind her doctor holding her.

The most interesting thing to me is that she seems to remember the shots from last time.  They always give her the oral vaccine first and in the past she has just gulped it down.  This time, she started crying when she got it.  Then she calmed down a bit until the nurse wiped her leg with the alcohol pad.  She really started screaming and my guess is that she knew what was coming next.  She didn't try to squirm away but the shot was not a surprise to her like it's been in the past.  

She had a flu shot this time and it didn't seem to affect her at first.  But then Wednesday afternoon, right before I had to leave for tutoring, I noticed that she felt a little warm and her cheeks were pinker than usual.  Sure enough, she had a fever.  At first I thought I should stay home but then I got all the doctor info and the medicine together and left it for R. and he handled it very well.  E. did also, except that she didn't want to eat unless she could put the spoon in her mouth herself.  What a time to decide she needed to feed herself!  

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