I had to take Peanut in for her flu shot today. I called early this morning to see when I could in. I had two options in the next month - today or Thursday. No time like the present.
We walked in and I immediately wished I had a little mask for Peanut and one for me. You know the ones people wore when swine flu first broke out? The ones where I thought those people were a tad bit paranoid? Yeah, those.
One child was leaning on her mother with a little vomit bin in her lap. The mother in front of me kept coughing while talking to the receptionist. Her cough just added to the chorus of coughs in the packed waiting room.
The receptionist handed me an information form to fill out. I asked her if I really needed to fill it out since nothing had changed. Nothing. She solemnly nodded so I took it.
Have you ever tried to fill out paperwork while holding a squirming toddler, refusing to put her down for fear she might contract the bubonic plague from just putting her feet on the ground? Paperwork that is pointless since none of the information has changed? Yeah, that was fun.
Thankfully we had to wait only 10 minutes in the waiting room although who knows what we were exposed to in that time.
Even better we get to do this again in a month for the second round of shots. And maybe two more times after that if we get the swine flu vaccine (which the receptionist said she has NO idea when that might come in.)
I had to resist the urge to give us both a Lysol bath when we got home. I settled for a good hand washing followed by some sanitizer.