I had the opportunity to take my son, Aiden, to the doctor this week for his check-up. In fact, the last few times he’s been to the doctor I’m the one who had the “opportunity” to take him. It’s not so much that I don’t like taking him. I mean, we have an awesome pediatrician who’s been doing this for like 80 years, and the staff is always very nice, and they have cool animals like a zebra painted on the wall. What more could you ask for in a kids doctor? Yeah it has nothing to do with the doctor itself rather I’ve had the “opportunity” to take him on check-up days. Parent’s, you know
that check-up days usually involve shots and end in tears so I just don’t want to end up the bad guy that took him there.
This trip had a somewhat humorous aspect to it though. I’m sure after I tell the story you’ll think I’m evil for laughing at this, but Aiden now thinks its funny and so does Sara so I’ll tell it anyways. After Aiden played with the laser (the thing the doctor looks in your eyes, ears, and mouth), got to use the listener (stethoscope), and argued with the doctor about his 2nd belly button…. okay side story, the doctor told Aiden that he had found a 2nd belly button on him and Aiden without even looking stared the doctor down and in a matter of fact way said, “No I don’t.” Okay maybe not as funny when I say it, but trust me it was funny. If you didn’t laugh something must just be wrong with you for not laughing at my smart funny kid. Sorry I insulted you, please forgive me, I’ll get back to the real story… after all this, the doctor said Aiden needed 2 shots. I sat Aiden down in my lap and started talking to him about the shots. I let him know it was going to hurt, but just for a second and that afterwards he could have a sucker.
The nurse came in with her “supplies” and helped me get Aiden positioned. If you’re not familiar with giving kids shots, they give it in their upper thigh and because my 3 year old is the size of a unicorn they needed me to hold his upper half down. I gently told him, “they’re going to give you a shot in the leg and it’s going to feel like a pinch but it will only last a second and then we’ll get a sucker.” He said, “okay daddy,” (how sweet, I’m about to let this mean evil lady stab my son while he’s being so cute) and we got ready for the shot. As she swabbed the rubbing alcohol over the area he giggled and told me that it tickled. The next words were the most sad and hilarious combination of words you could imagine. The nurse gave him the first shot and immediately heard throughout the building was my son screaming in an extremely high pitch at the top of his lungs, “SHE SHOT ME IN THE LEEEEGGGGGG!!!!!!” How could you not laugh at this? We’re still laughing about it in our house. She finished up and got the Bugs Bunny bandaids put on and as we checked out I gave Aiden his sucker.
Overall it was a fairly good trip to the doctor. He had a little bit of temporary pain, got a sucker, and now he doesn’t even remember it. Thinking about it, I told Aiden up front that he was going to get a shot and that it would hurt but only for a second and then he’d get a sucker. Why did he scream? He knew about the pain and he knew about the reward. Kinda makes me think of Matthew 10:22 “you will be persecuted by all men because of my namesake, but he who endures to the end will be saved.” He’s told us upfront it’s going to hurt and He told us the promise at the end. Some days the persecution and pain is going to hurt. It’s to be expected. Although I’m certain that on the other side we’ll look back on it with a sucker and Bugs Bunny bandaids and laugh.
Have you had an experience of temporary pain that you got rewarded for later? Please leave your thoughts in the comments.