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Scaring the Shot Out of Me!

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Paul Starke: Shortly after his first birthday, Luke has had a rough month. First, he had to endure a trip to my family's in Canada, which for reasons unknown, gave us all diarrhea. Then, he and I both got non-swine flu, back-to-back, which gave him some of the nastiest boogers I've ever seen, anywhere. They were like little green, wet worms going from his nose to his nipples (btw: am I the only one who thinks baby boogers are far more revolting than baby poo? discuss).

doctor examining a baby boy with a stethoscope

After he got over that, he was scheduled for his MMR vaccines. We weren't nervous about it, because he's responded to his other shots really well. But sure enough, a few days after he was injected, he just didn't seem himself. He was unusually fussy, wasn't eating or sleeping well, and just seemed sad. Although I tried to hide my concerns from my wife, I was in a panic. Certain message boards I was reading weren't helping either, and I'd become convinced that we'd willingly poisoned and altered our son forever.

After five days of fussiness, we went to his doctor. I'd feared the worst. That's when we got the greatest news we've heard in a while: HE HAD AN EAR INFECTION! THANK GOD ALMIGHTY, IT'S ONLY AN EAR INFECTION!  As soon as we started giving him the goopy pink antibiotics, he started feeling, eating, and sleeping better, as did we all. He's got more diarrhea, of course, but it's the sweetest diarrhea you've ever smelled -- because it smells like good health and happiness. At least it's not boogers. As I'm reading this, I'm realizing how vile this all sounds. Hope you're not eating breakfast. Sorry ...

Now, with this behind us, we get to cap off the month with Luke having surgery on his undescended testicle! It's a routine procedure, apparently, but not routine enough to make me squirm and cup myself every time I think about it. Everyone says, "It'll be harder on you than it will be on him." Hmm -- I beg to differ. He's the one getting his scrotum cut open, not me. Methinks it will be slightly more unpleasant for him.

Anyway -- if any of you have any thoughts/concerns about the MMR, or undescended testicle surgery -- please share them with me. I'll need something to read when I'm up at night.



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3 comments so far | Post a comment now
Kelly May 16, 2009, 11:59 AM

Awww… I’m glad Luke is okay! I always love reading your articles about him… I wish him luck on his up coming surgery!

jennifer May 16, 2009, 7:35 PM

i just got back from canada and got horrible diarrhea, too. i am still recovering from this. weird. must be the water?

Zolra Caston May 26, 2009, 2:01 PM

Oh snap! I was almost in panic. I felt bad for the kid, but thank god he’s alright. Don’t worry Paul. It’s completely normal to panic. You love that boy so much, you will do anything for him. That’s called love.


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