13 Comments January 31, 2008
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Well y'all we took the babes for their check-ups. We had all our questions ready for the doctor about immunizations so we could hear her opinions. I had read all I was going to read. We went there about 51% sure we weren't going to get Milo his shots. After talking to the doctor and her scaring me with "…polio and measles aren't really around anymore but x, y, and z are very much still around and do still kill babies." We caved and thought we'd be being neglectful if we didn't protect him from very real threats today. So. Both babies got tortured and both parents got teary. O.k fine. I cried until my shoulders shook. The whole time thinking we shouldn't do this. Yes, we should. No, we shouldn't. Then we were done. Milo was fine. Keely was crying about her sore legs. We got home and Milo ate for about 1 min. and fell asleep. He slept for 3 hours! He never does that. He woke up screaming wildly for 30 min. and passed out again.Then 2 hours later he woke up screaming again. He was not Milo. It scared me. He looked different and he wouldn't open his eyes or be soothed at all. After 2 hours of wailing Ryan called the dr. The on call dr. said he might be having a shock reaction from the pertussis shot and we should go to the E.R now.
We did. As usual, it was not fun. He had a fever and hadn't eaten since 8am and it was 7pm at the ER, so we tried to give him Pedialyte. Then after much waiting, we saw two doctors and they checked him all out and agreed it was a bad reaction to the immunizations. But as part of their procedure for infants with fevers they had to catheterize him to see if he had a UTI. He didn't but THAT was so awful. Watching them hold my poor little man down and doing that to his tiny body. I'd never make it in the medical field. So we were sent home and told to keep him on tylenol. We got home around 11pm and all crashed in bed together. Milo still isn't eating normally today, but at least he looks like my baby. I'm still weepy about it all.
I thank you all for your empathy and tips for mastitis and your thoughts on the shots. I fully get everyone's decisions on the immunizations. I really can argue for both sides…such a tough call.