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.
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.
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