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Wednesday, July 13, 2005

will someone please rescue this child?

instead of a very VERY bad week, the child is scheduled to have merely a very bad week. we took her in to the laser dude on monday who took one look at her nose, which, since her first treatment, has become cracked and scabbed and bloodied, and said "i am not going to laser her nose today" and the tiny child, who was lying on the deadly laser death table of death, grinned because the universe breathed a sigh of relief, the sigh of a temporary stay of execution.

(this of course happened only a mere several minutes after the scab on her nose was accidentally ripped open by yours truly. we took the tiny monster to mrs nice guy's office for a public viewing on the way to the laser doctor's office. everyone made appropriate comments about how she is the CUTEST BABY OF ALL TIME EVER, even though she screams a lot and never sleeps. as we were leaving mrs nice guy's office, i cradled the baby against my chest, in the koala pose she so enjoys. she has this new trick where, in an attempt to gain motor control and master the niceties of self-piloting, she rears her head back as if to say "look ma, i have a neck and i'm not afraid to use it!" and then her head usually floomps forward in ignominious defeat. it's funny to watch someone fight with her own body. well, on the way out of the office she reared her head back -- "look, pa, i have motor cotro ... oops" -- and then slammed her head against my chest. she screamed. i thought she was just startled but when i lifted her up, i saw that her barely healed nose was BLEEDING onto her lip. i experienced the worst feeling of my life since the time i buckled her fatty thigh into her swing, you know, last week -- that was the previous worst feeling of my life, and that was just a bruise. i have now become baby-bloodying scum. mrs nice guy snatched her daughter out of my arms and shot sharp jagged daggers of hate from her eyes directly into my testicles. she may never let me have sex again.)

so the laser reprieve was welcomed by one and all.

now the bad news: today she is getting her shots. i understand the rabies inoculation is particularly painful. we are not looking forward to this.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love your blog. But I feel for you and yours. Shots are no fun, scabby nose or no scabby nose. Remember that you are within your rights to delay shots and/or question their validity if baby nice guy doesn't tolerate them well. There are lots of differing opinions about whether babies should be innoculated so young and so much.

7/13/2005 12:27 PM  
Blogger mr. nice guy said...

ah, yes, the great shots debate. you know, i trust my pediatricians, who are crunchy brooklyn types and have been practicing for a combined half century or so. i think they're more informed on the topic than i am. also, this was interesting:

trust me, i'll be posting on how terrible this makes baby (and parents) feel

7/13/2005 12:36 PM  
Blogger cmhl said...

I know you are relieved no lasering today--- but shots are no fun as well! My suggestion? advil for the baby, and valium for you.

7/13/2005 1:05 PM  
Blogger Candace said...

I always thought the malaria shots were worse than the rabies shots, but that's just my opinion.

7/13/2005 2:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

fair enough. i will mention though that i've raised an unimmunized child and that she never had the ear infections that plague so many kids, also never needed an antibiotic and never missed more than two or three days of school in a year. maybe just her native good health, or luck... but who knows.

that said, i firmly believe that parents know what's best for their kids, and should just go with their gut whether it's pro shot or anti shot.

7/13/2005 2:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

i will mention though that i've raised an unimmunized child and that she never had the ear infections that plague so many kids

of course, the only reason you can raise an unimmunized child without her being at terrible risk of death is because everyone else is immunizing their kid, so there just isn't much polio or malaria to go around. If other kids weren't dealing with ear infections, your kid could be dead, or deaf, or handicapped, or IQ impaired, or otherwise affected by really awful diseases.

So you're unfairly taking advantage of the fact that other people are willing to accept small risks in order to gain control over the serious risks. Not nice.

7/13/2005 3:13 PM  
Blogger momma of 2 said...

Love the blog... hate that your baby has to have shots today - ouchy! - Take southern mommy's advice - advil for baby. Your baby's eyes are so beautiful. Thank you for sharing with us in blogger-ville.
**And just so you know - babies stop crying eventually...and you will get some sleep - rumor has it they will sleep in when they are teenagers...can't wait! "Momma sun's up!" is not what you want to hear at 6:00 on a weekend.

7/13/2005 5:11 PM  
Blogger Moo Moo said...

I hated shots, I think we all hate them.

Glad to hear that the laser was averted this week. I hope baby nice guy is feeling better, and hope Mrs. Nice Guy will let you back into the marital bed one day. ;)

7/13/2005 8:01 PM  
Blogger Candace said...

I will mention, too, that I'm raising two kids who have had full immunizations and while one has had every illness known to man, the other is the picture of perfect health, same as your daughter.

And I don't think the shots had anything to do with either one's health conditions.

Neither does my doctor, or my allergist. Apparently kids who get sick all the time are most likely harboring undiagnosed allergies. Once we figured out what my oldest was allergic to (ragweed, dust, and dogs, HIGHLY to all three) and took the proper steps, the illnesses went away. Completely.

And thank God for immunizations, so my children never have to go through small pox (still in epidemic proportions in undeveloped countries), polio, measels, and rubella.

7/13/2005 11:09 PM  
Blogger desertUndine said...

"Mercury was eliminated from vaccines in 1999 out of concern that the thimerosal panic would lead to widespread refusal of vaccines." (taken from the website you linked to.)

interesting. Here in Arizona, the vaccines do still contain mercury, even in our flu shots. My doctor said that that is something that they are supposedly working on...

That said - I have immunized my children, too. I think that each of us has to weigh it out and make our own choices. Having worked in a public school though, I saw that there are days where unimmunized kids had to go home early because they were at risk...

So sorry that baby nice guy has to go through so much right now. At least she won't remember it all! Just remember to stay calm and don't act like you did anything bad afterward. Kids pick up on things like that- she'll be able to recover quicker if you don't freak out.

7/14/2005 1:35 AM  
Blogger Joy said...

holy crap, she's back at work already??? mrs. nice guy is superwoman...

7/14/2005 1:23 PM  
Anonymous Mother-in-Law Nice Guy said...

No, no, Mrs. Nice Guy is still at home looking after that beautiful baby but she will get a much needed respite starting shortly for 10 days. The Dutch in-law nice guy family is coming from the old country and will all be fawing over baby nice guy. Although I have to admit, mrs. Nice Guy is a superwoman, and I'm not prejudiced.

7/14/2005 1:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Baby Nice guy gets a shot or two so maybe parental Nice Guys need a shot, too? What'll be? Jack Daniels? Tequila? brave Daddy Nice Guy....the little munchkin will likely do just fine.

by the way.....the protection from diseases by others being vaccinated is called "herd immunity." Can you say "herd immunity? I knew you could:-)

7/14/2005 11:45 PM  

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