Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Did you know that a person undergoing chemo isn't supposed to be exposed to any live viruses, even indirectly? I learned that this morning. I was back at the pediatrician (every week, I tell you! At least this time it wasn't for a sick child) because the twins were due for some vaccinations that they'll need to enter kindergarten later this year. Apparently they were due for tetanus and MMR, but the nurse told me that the doctor had put a note in both of their charts not to do the MMR at this time because it's a live virus and "father is undergoing chemo." Huh. So I guess my telling the pediatrician that Michael has cancer turned out to be for a useful purpose after all, and not just me purging! Really, silly as this sounds, I was touched that they made a note of it in order to protect Michael.
The girls did pretty well with the shots they did get (tetanus and the TB skin prick). Daisy, our little emotional wreck, was quite calm and didn't even whimper. Annabelle, our little terrorist, screamed and cried and had to be held down by me and a nurse. The nurses gave them (and Lilah, who was along for the ride) all kinds of toys and stickers for being so good.