So Kitty is due for his six-week vaccinations tomorrow. Thinking about this has been giving me nightmares and sleepless nights over the last couple of days. This is because I have heard so many scary stories of the agony infants go through when they receive the chanjo’s.
I am told they scream their lungs out and shed rivers and rivers of tears. I also hear they turn pink-blue from the agony. I am made to understand that they develop a fever too. That the spot in the thigh where they were injected pains for around 4 days. That even changing a diaper, bathing them or oiling them is a nightmare as they scream and throw kicks in the air as though they were a dying horse. Please note that all this is hearsay.
I hope you now understand why I have been having them sleepless nights (eye bugs and sad expression on my face). Ofcouse, you may tell me that I should not be going by hearsay, and that I should not think about the injections in this way. That he will cry for a while yes, but it will pass. That I can help the process by giving him some painkiller syrup around 5 minutes before the injection, and every six hours after that. I definitely intend to do this no doubt, but surely, shouldn’t there be a more powerful drug that would sedate them until the pain clears completely?
And yes, I know that I shouldn’t be thinking about the injections this way, that I should be optimistic. I agree and I have told myself this several times. But then again, do not forget that me, just like you, i’m a human being (and a mother in this case) so sometimes some of these things we know them theoretically but putting them into practice is something else.
Today, I am not in a very upbeat mood. As the youth would say, niko down tu sana. I have been staring at Kitty all day and feeling very sorry for my little boy. I look at his tiny cute face and shudder at the thought of how it will possibly be contorted in pain tomorrow. I look at his little pinkish-brown thigh and I wish I could be injected for him. I wish the medical researchers could develop a simpler and painless way of vaccinating children. Like if there could be a vaccine-laden lollypop that the kids could suck. Or if the mother could receive the injection, then the contents be transferred to the child through breastmilk. I mean, really, shouldn’t science have come up with a less painful way for this in this day and age?
Anyway since this has not yet happened, all I can do for now is continue interceding for Kitty.
In between the sleepless nights, I have actually been wondering – are these injections more painful for the child or are they more painful for the mother?
Otherwise stay tuned to this blog, I will let you know how it went in part 2 of this post.
*Goes back to holding head in hands, staring at Kitty and wiping a dropping tear off my face*