Since October, Peter has taken allergy shots every week. Poor kid is allergic to pollen, dust, grass, dogs, cats, cockroaches. Basically if you can be allergic to it, he is.
He takes Zyrtec in the morning, Singular in the evening and Advair twice a day to control his asthma. That's a lot for an 8 year-old which is the main reason we decided to do the allergy shots. The hope is that after a couple of years, they will have worked their magic and he won't have any more allergy symptoms and can stop taking all of the other medication.
However, he has to take three shots each time we go. THREE!
That's a lot of shots. And he is a pretty thin kid, scrawny might even be a better word to describe him, so it's not like there's a lot of meat for the needle to go into. So I bribe him with Dunkin' Donuts every Wednesday and things have been o.k. He has never really given me a hard time.
Until recently. A couple of weeks ago they went up another level on his dosage...after one set of vials is completed they move on the the next which I believe is a higher dosage. Anyway, once they moved up to the red vials he started giving me a hard time about going. (He didn't seem to have a problem the other times we moved up.)
And yesterday, I practically had to drag him from the car. And once he got into the lobby I had to practically drag him into the waiting room. And once they called his name to go back into the booth for the shot, I had to give him my mean momma face to get him to go back. Had there not been 30 other people in the waiting room, one of which is a boy he knows from church, he probably wouldn't have gone without creating a scene.
And then when the nurse was giving him his shots, he started crying. Not just one or two tears but lots of tears. He has shed a couple of tears once or twice before but never very many and they only lasted a second. But these tears seemed different. I could tell there was real pain associated with these shots and I am assuming it is because of the higher dosage (maybe they are having to inject more and its taking longer/hurting more)?
So today I have been toying with the idea of paying him every time he gets his shots.
Would that be sending the wrong message? I've never done anything like this before so I'm not sure if being compensated for his pain would make him a little more willing to go (perhaps even look forward to going) or would I just be creating a kid who expects to be paid every time he has to deal with something hard/complicated/painful in life?
Input, suggestions, thoughts are appreciated.