In preparation for Project India, Duane and I took a trip to our physician's office today. While our original intent was to simply stock up on prescription refills, upon revealing that we would be traveling to India, my doctor suggested a slew of shots.
Now you have to understand, I am not a fan of shots. Nothing to do with the pain-- I mean really, after 4 IVF cycles? I laugh in the face of syringes. And nothing to do with the whole vaccines-are-dangerous-so-I'm- taking-my-kid-to-a-chicken-pox-party-to-expose-them-the-natural-way campaign. No, rest assured that any future children of mine will be receiving all their vaccines, and that they will receive them the good old fashioned way-- with a stick in the arm and a Sesame Street band-aid.
Rather, I just always tend to be that <1% that has the adverse, allergic reaction, or that ends up feeling deathly ill for an entire month afterward, when, likely, I would never have gotten sick in the first place. So as a result, I steer clear of the needle-- so long as it can be avoided.
Anyways, after a bit of cajoling, my doctor persuaded me to at least get a Hepatitis A shot. He explained that it is not a live vaccine-- less chance of an adverse reaction-- and that it will protect me from bad fruit. "All bad fruit?" I asked. "Well, yes, for the most part," he said. I finally agreed, and after getting the shot, decided that I would test it out. "Would you like to know why we're going to India?" I asked. "Well sure," he said. So I launched into a brief synopsis of how we had gotten to the point we were at and what exactly we would be doing on our "business/leisure" trip. I waited for his reply. "Well that's fantastic!" he said. Hmmm, a much different response than the one from our fertility clinic. I decided to give it another go. When the nurse came in to give me my prescriptions, I told her about our plans as well. "Oh wow, that's wonderful. Best of luck to you guys," she replied.
Who hoo! It was working! It was warding off all the bad apples! Nice. Now if only I'd had the foresight to get it one month earlier...