V is for Vaccination #A2ZChallenge

Did you know vaccines play trick the body into fighting a disease that we do not have? This is to prepare our bodies to fight against the disease in future!

On the second day, a doctor walked into the room and informed us that I need to be vaccinated. The entire day we kept waiting for him and he finally came in the evening. Yes! I did cry as that was the first time something sharp had pricked me. It felt as though something was pinching my soft and supple skin.

After this, I was supposed to get DPT and Rotavirus vaccines at 6 weeks with booster doses to be followed at 10 and 14 weeks. When I went back to the hospital at 6 weeks, Miss A had already forewarned of the danger that I may have to face during vaccination. That day I also cried when I was once again pricked. On returning home I was in great pain and had bouts of fever too. Whenever anyone touched me I would squeal with pain.

At 10 weeks, Miss A also accompanied me to the hospital for my vaccination. She held my hand tightly … and yes I cried again until my face was red like a tomato. However, I had less pain (as compared to the first time) with frequent intervals of fever for a day or two.

Image Source: National Vaccine Support Group

Now when I was scheduled for the third dose of this vaccine, total lockdown had been announced. Mommy was in a real fix. She called the doctor to find out what should be done. He told her that it could be postponed for 15 days. So Mommy quietly waited (for another 15 days) but the lockdown just got more rigid. Our society, as well as the hospital, were completely sealed. No one could enter or go out of our Society. No one also knew when things would get back to normal (though they have still not come back to normal).

It was then that Papa took things in his hands. From the society’s Chemist shop my vaccines were ordered, which were delivered in a day or two. In the meanwhile, Mommy looked for doctors in the vicinity who could administer these vaccines to me. One doctor was ready to do the job … but his only condition was that Mommy and Papa had to take me to his clinic. Papa denied, as he didn’t want me to step out of the house during these harsh times of corona.

Image Source: About Kids Health

Finally, Papa asked Mommy to administer the vaccines to me. When she heard this she denied outright. You see Mommy is a Dentist, so Papa was after her … but she had her own reasons to refuse. Firstly, she did not want to vaccinate her own daughter and secondly, she had never handled children as young as me, but Papa did not give up. He kept convincing her, by showing her videos of how such an injection should be administered. Finally, after 2 days of persuasion, Mommy said yes (but it was a very meek one).

While Mommy carefully sanitised her hands, loaded the syringes I was busy playing with Nani and Miss A. After the preparation was done both Mommy and Papa came and whisked me away from my playmates (Nani and Miss A). Then in a blink, Mommy jabbed the injection on my thigh and I was shocked. Before I could react the needle was out. I started crying. Papa quickly consoled me as they were ready to put the second injection on the other thigh. Before I could realise, we were through with my vaccination. I did get a fever, but I was not as cranky as on the previous two occasions.

However, later that night Mommy confessed that she was scared and her hands shook. While putting me to bed, umpteen times she said sorry for the pain she caused me in the afternoon.

That’s all from me this week and I will be back on Monday with another interesting story for letter W.

Also Read: Theme Reveal, A – Arrival, B – Baby Cries, C – Colour, D – Diapers, E – Exercise, F – Fingers, G – Gym, H – Hair, I – Image, J – Juice, K – Kicking Around, L – Lullabies, M – Massage Time, N – Nani, O – Om and Other Mantras, P – Papa, Q – Queen, R – Rattles and Rolling Over, S – Sibling Love, T – Touch, U – Ultrasound

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Well, about me I can say that I am a certified dentist, healthcare analyst, medical writer and above all a mother of a 6-year-old. Most of my day to day activities revolve around her and she is my inspiration to start this blog. As a mother, I experimented with a lot of new things for my little one in a quest to find the best for her. I just want to share my experiences of being a happy and content mum.

30 Comments

  1. April 25, 2020
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    Wow shubhra..amazing series ..yes vaccination is a great way to prevent several dreading disease and we feel relaxed after follow a planned vaccination schedule.

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      April 25, 2020
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      Yes agree with you Surbhi

  2. April 25, 2020
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    Only a mother knows what she feels. She does the best that is needed but how it affects her only she knows. What a lovely post and kudos to you for doing it on your own. Even if i was trained, I don’t think i would have ever had the heart to do it

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      April 25, 2020
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      Trust me Arushi I had to muster a lot of courage to do this.

  3. April 25, 2020
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    My god! Vaccinating your own kid. Must have been real hard. But kudos to you for doing what needed to be done. And the little one, you are a brave kid. Loads of love.

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      April 25, 2020
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      Yes Anupriya, I had to be strong.

  4. Jyoti Jha
    April 25, 2020
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    Aww such an adorable way of learning about vaccination. It is so delicate, the very first vaccine administered to a baby. I remember I cried when my baby had his first injection.

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      April 25, 2020
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      Yes it is really heartbreaking to see them cry.

  5. Your series is very informative Shubhra. I should agree that I never knew so much. Vaccinations are another way of saying that precaution is better than cure. Thanks for the informative post. Thank you 🙂
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    • Shubhra Rastogi
      April 25, 2020
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      Thanks Sundeep

  6. April 25, 2020
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    Oh, that must’ve been hard. Atleast the dose was completed in the end. This lockdown is posing many unexpected troubles to us. Wishing the little one good health <3

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      April 25, 2020
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      Thanks Darshana!

  7. April 25, 2020
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    Vaccination is a must for immunity of children. And you write in such an adorable style Shubhra. Lovely post from a natkhat mumma. Lots of love for your child dear.

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      April 25, 2020
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      Thanks, Swarnali!

  8. April 25, 2020
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    Oh God, Shubhra, I cried everytime my son was vaccinated. When he cried because of pain, I couldn’t control my emotions. Despite knowing that it is important for the babies, still a mothers heart refuses to see her baby in pain.

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      April 25, 2020
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      Agree Sonia!

  9. April 25, 2020
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    Vaccination in these times is important.. You have aptly captured baby’s thoughts!!

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      April 25, 2020
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      Thanks, Aunty!

  10. Noor Anand Chawla
    April 25, 2020
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    Oh my god what a difficult situation to be in! To have vaccinate your own baby! But it was for the best and I’m glad it all went well.

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      April 26, 2020
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      Yes me too!

  11. Sinjana
    April 25, 2020
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    This is so nice of you to write about vaccination from a baby’s perspective. A simple yet effective way to convey an important message. Vaccination is super-important, everyone in the world need to realise it.

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      April 26, 2020
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      Yes, vaccination is really important. Thanks for visiting!

  12. April 26, 2020
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    Wow, you had a lockdown and lifetime experience with your baby. And as a mother, you ensured your baby gets timely dose of vaccine. Nicely written from the baby’s voice. loved it.

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      April 26, 2020
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      Thanks Pragun!

  13. April 26, 2020
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    Well done, Mommy! Brave of you and proud of you ♥

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      April 26, 2020
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      Thanks Shilpa!

  14. April 26, 2020
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    Very heart touching weave today Shubhra, I didn’t realise how many kids’ vaccination shall be effected by this lockdown

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      April 26, 2020
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      Yes, I know there are all sorts of problems people are facing!

  15. April 26, 2020
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    Omg! That must have been very scary. But I am glad that baby got her vaccinations on time. Well done, mummy!

    • Shubhra Rastogi
      April 26, 2020
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      Thanks Shweta!

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