We went out and got some supplies to make a chart and to decorate his "delivery pen", sharps container and possibly his Medpack too. Of course there were no Superman stickers to be found, but he happily settled for Spiderman stickers to complete is project. He eagerly awaited all of his medical supplies to come and when the packages arrived, you would have thought it was Christmas! As he tore into everything he pulled out the two boxes of needles from the box. He picks one of them up and says "Oh, these are my needles", as if it was something that did not upset him. Curious, he wanted to see one, so I opened one so that he could look at it. They come in a protective cap and the cap will not come off unless the needle is screwed onto his delivery pen, so it was safe to allow him to explore it a bit. He decided to torment his brothers and sisters, teasing them as if he was going to get them with it. It was all in good safe fun and it was great to see that he was not afraid of it. Emu is one lucky little boy who has two awesome big brothers who love him so very much! Despite the 90 degree tempuratures, they arranged for a special visit from Spiderman and Batman to help him make his chart.
|Decorating his sharps container|
|His medpak containing all of his supplies and his chart|
So, after one practice round, it was time for the real deal! I was so nervous of hurting my precious boy...tough love sure does suck! The nurse was surprised by his strength...but with two of us holding him down...I was able to shoot the little bugger in the thigh. He didn't cry long and was easily distracted soon after his injection. He was able to compose himself just in time to dispose of his needle all by himself. He put his first sticker on his chart then, off he went with his prize from the $1 store that was worth a million bucks to him. He has already picked out his bandaid for his next shot but, I'm sure this road will get rougher before it gets better.
Emu has been through so much the last 6 months and now, this will be part of his nightly routine. Someday, he won't remember a time when he didn't have to have a shot everyday and hopefully, someday he will thank me for the difficult choice I had to make to put him through all of this!
I'm so proud of my little Superhero, he is so brave!