Immunizations / Vaccinations

2009 May 23
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by Celine

On Tuesday, we went to the community health center for the growth monitoring and for the 1rst set of immunizations… At 9 weeks, she weighs 6.620 kg (almost 15 pounds) and measures 61.6 cm (24.5 inches). So far, this was the easy part, she liked it – she was cooing and smiling at me and the public health nurse, but things got complicated later on… I had to place her on her side, in the nursing position, and then she got poked 3 times in her thighs, which she did not like at all… That reminded me old memories: years ago, I have participated to national campaigns of immunizations in Benin and believe me, after several sterilisations, these re-usable needles in the UNICEF kits were not as sharp as ours here. There were kids crying all over the places, and those who could crawl or walk were even running away from us (partly too because their moms were telling horror stories to their child about the white lady who came to poke them…!). It was heart-breaking, but still, I was there “on a mission” and no matter what, the job had to be done. I guess that’s how Joanne (nurse) felt on Tuesday but for me, it was different this time, I almost felt like I was betraying Juliette for causing her so much pain. I offered her the breast right after and she calmed down… Back home, all she wanted was to be held all the time like she used to do weeks ago. She did not have a fever but her thighs were really swollen, hot and very tender at diaper change; we gave her some Tylenol at bed time. Then, she fell asleep without any difficulties but that night, she woke up every 3 hours to eat… On Wednesday, everything was back to normal… But it’s not over yet; next appointment will be on June 23rd… if only they could invent needleless vaccines in the mean time…

Mardi dernier, nous sommes allees au centre de sante communautaire (genre de PMI) pour le monitorage de la croissance et les premieres vaccinations. A 9 semaines, elle pese 6.620 et mesure 61.6 cm. Jusqu’a present, pas de problemes, elle a plutot aime, elle nous faisait a moi et l’infirmiere des gazouillis et des sourires a tour de bras… Mais les choses se sont compliquees un peu plus tard… Je l’ai placee sur le cote, en position d’allaitement, et elle a ete piquee 3 fois dans les cuisses, ce qu’elle n’a pas aime bien sur… Cela m’a rappele des vieux souvenirs de campagnes nationales de vaccinations au Benin et a l’epoque, les aiguilles des kits d’UNICEF (apres plusieurs sterilisations) n’etaient pas aussi pointues que les notres. Y’avait des momes en train de pleurer partout et ceux qui pouvaient marcher a quatre pattes ou marcher essayaient meme de s’echapper (en partie aussi parce que leurs meres leurs racontaient des histoires de monstres au sujet de la Blanche venue les piquer…!).  Ca nous faisait un peu de peine de les piquer mais hey, fallait bien que le boulot se fasse. J’imagine que ce que Joanne a ressenti mardi dernier en piquant Juliette mais cette fois, ca a ete different pour moi : je me suis sentie un peu coupable de lui causer tant de douleur. Heureusement, la mise au sein a arrange tout ca rapidement… De retour a la maison, elle voulait qu’on la porte tout le temps. Elle n’a pas developpe de fievre mais ses cuisses etaient gonflees, chaudes et sensibles lors des changements de couches ; un peu de Doliprane au coucher a regle tout ca. Elle s’est endormie sans problemes mais cette nuit-la, elle s’est reveillee toutes les 3 heures pour boire… Des mercredi, tout est revenu normal… Mais ce n’est pas fini, le prochain RV est fixe au 23 juin. Si seulement ils pouvaient inventer une methode sans aiguille pour inoculer des vaccins d’ici la…

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