As a child, I was terrified of going to the doctor’s office simply because of the vaccines. I was that child who needed three adults (not kidding) to hold me down to get a vaccine, and I seem to have transferred that gene to my kids. (They hid under my office desk when they came to receive shots at my practice when they were younger 😂.) Despite this fear, I still wanted to become a pediatrician.
In my young adult years and even up until a few years ago, I still had a difficult time receiving shots. One day I had an encounter with a very kind nurse, who did not mock me for being the physician who still had a hard time giving her my arm. She was very gentle, told me to breathe and focus on a pleasant thought, and then gave me the vaccine quickly.
After that, the vaccine experience changed for me. I no longer tremble prior to shots; I just give my arm, breathe, and focus on a good thought. I have taught this approach to my young patients and my kids 😊 (they no longer hide under desks), and I have seen it make a difference.
So be encouraged—receiving shots can be scary, but it is possible to change the experience you have with shots. Thank you, Thimble, for creating a safe space to talk about how we have overcome fears, because it makes us all stronger and more empathetic toward each other.
Mom, Pediatrician, and TEDx Speaker