Yesterday, we went back to Roxburgh Park Superclinic for the second appointment for Iris’ immunization.  But first, we need to drop by at Chemist Warehouse at Broadmeadows Shopping Center to collect the vaccines.  According to the chemist, we can’t leave it in the car as the high temperature will definitely ruin them.  Plus, the temperature yesterday was insanely high – not that we are not used to the sun in Malaysia – but the heat here is totally different.  It is hot and dry, which makes it “panas yang menggigit” according to Din.  In Malaysia, it is hot and humid, therefore it is not as bad as the humidity will shield the raging effect of the sun.

Show this receipt at the counter, and the vaccines is all yours.

Show this receipt at the counter, and the vaccines is all yours.

The appointment was set at 1.30 pm and we arrived at 1:15 pm, immediately passed the vaccines to the staff at the counter for storage (as advised by Dr. Rahaman) and we waited.  Movies are shown on the LCD TV to occupy awaiting clients and in between, there are commercials related to health/life insurance, and one or two commercials on the danger of smoking (that day, it was about a doctor getting ready to amputate a patient’s gangrene foot – all thanks to nicotine).   Someone’s reaction towards that commercial was priceless!

Tak berani tengok, tapi nak tengok... Notice the blushing cheek because of the heat?

Tak berani tengok, tapi nak tengok… Notice the blushing cheek because of the heat?

Anyway, we were called in not long after that and Dr. Rahaman explained to us that he will prepare the summary of Iris’ immunization.  We could get hold of the record immediately.  Thank you, Doctor!  Since the jabs will be administered on both arms at the same time, two staffs attended to us.  They are professionals, and they have this motivating scripts that (I think!) they rehearse all the time to  ease the child’s fear.  The moment Iris stepped into the room, Nurse 1: “Hey, I think we are going to have a brave one today…”; Nurse 2: “Yeah, I can see that she is a strong and brave girl the moment she walked in through that door!”.  THAT girls, was a huge score!

There is a big chair in the room where the mother will sit, and the child is to be seated on the mom’s lap.  I was asked to hold her hands (not in the locking manner, but rather to comfort them) and on the count of 3, both nurses stick the needles in.  It was swift, and there was no cry from her.  In fact, she was elated that the whole thing is over and was so proud of herself for being brave.  She showed off the patches to her daddy and shouted, “Daddy, I did it!”  Similar to what we normally see on TV, the session was concluded with a couple of lollies and praises from the nurses.  To the two nurses who tended my girl yesterday, you are the best!  I can’t thank you enough for making the jabbing session painless – or rather, a memorable one for my daughter.

Had a lolly on her way home...

Had a lolly on her way home… The glare behind gives an indication of the heat that day.

We rewarded her with a small Slurpee on our way home, not only because of her accomplishment that day but because we know that she would appreciate something cold in the burning temperature.   From this experience, I can conclude that mental preparation is extremely important.  We explained to her the purpose of the jabs, which is to strengthen her body.  We also explained to her that without those jabs, she won’t be allowed to school.  I think the moral boost arrived when she learned that her good friend, Laila, has received the jabs as well and that she didn’t cry.  Peer influence, ma…  🙂   Anyway, until the next entry, bye everybody!

Enjoying a Slurpee as her reward.  Notice the patches on both arms?

Enjoying a Slurpee as her reward. Notice the patches on both arms?