One More – Thurs 7th April 2016

By | April 7, 2016

Can you hear me “yay-ing”? You might be able to, even if you read this a few days later.

D had her last-but-one injection today, so there’s one more to go.  One more until we don’t have to play the “D runs around/squeezes me” scenario until I nearly burst whilst the nurse tries to get the needle into a squirmy, wriggly, very unhappy D.

It hasn’t been easy for any of us, especially the nurse – poor thing – she’s always so gentle and empathetic with D, but all D sees is this:


A big part of me worries about what will happen after the injections stop.  I’ve been deliberately vague about the “what and why’s” on here because it seemed easier.

They were started just over 2.5 years ago because D entered precocious puberty at aged 8 (way, way, way too soon for anyone, but throw autism into the mix and …nope, not yet).  The injections have been a blocker of hormones, because not only were there the obvious signs, but she was also shooting up in height and X-rays revealed that her body was about 3 years ahead of itself.

We deliberated for a good while before agreeing to the monthly injections.  She’s been closely monitored throughout this, there could have been side effects, we were grateful that there weren’t and, once she’s no longer having the injections, her hormones will return to what stage they were at, albeit just having had a 2.5 year holiday.  

There have been times when I’ve been squeezed so tightly by D I thought my ribs would break, or my neck would snap.  Times when she’s screamed at me on the way to school because she’d known an injection was due, times when she’s gone up to class in tears after an injection and I’ve felt so guilty about walking away – made worse by the fact that she didn’t seem to get any “are you okay’s?” once she got through the classroom door.  

It was, as the nurse agreed today, the best one yet (injection acceptance wise).  D snuggled into me on the sofa and squeeeeeezed my arm but didn’t scream and when prompted, said “thank you” to the nurse, bless her.

Poor love, she’s done very well.  Knowing it would hurt, despite the placebo of numbing cream, working herself up in the build up to each one but recognising that it needed to happen.

Just one more to go.  

My main reason to be cheerful and my word (or two) for the week.  No throwback post tonight because we’re looking forwards and yay-ing.

How’s yours been? 

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Jocelyn (@ReadingRes) on 8th April 2016 at 7:24 am.

Oh what a relief to be nearly there, for you and for D. I do hope the last one goes well, and that her body copes well when she’s no longer receiving them. Just one more! Thanks for sharing with #WotW x


Looking for Blue Sky on 8th April 2016 at 8:12 am.

That sounds like it’s been difficult all along for lots of reasons, just one more is definitely a reason to be cheerful x


Anne on 8th April 2016 at 8:48 am.

OH thank goodness she has just one left, I fully understand as my daughter hates injections, she only has to see a blue tray and she’s screaming no. We’ve been lucky though as she’s just starting puberty at 10yrs old, still a little early, but not so much as to be worried. She’s also really tall, but her older sibling are tall too so there have been no worries there either. I really hope D’s last one goes well and then you can look forward and celebrate xx


Kim Carberry on 8th April 2016 at 12:20 pm.

That is great news that your girl only has one injection left…It must be such a relief for you! x


LakesSingleMum on 8th April 2016 at 4:46 pm.

that must have been hard so I can see why you are now smiling. Really hope things settle down quickly.


Merlinda Little on 9th April 2016 at 8:30 am.

As a child I remember being very very scared of needles. I would do anything just so I dont need to get it. D is very brave for getting her injections. Like what you have said there might be a lot of numbing creams its not really helping and if only us mothers can take their place for them not to feel pain! #wotw


Stephanie Robinson on 11th April 2016 at 8:47 pm.

It must be such a relief for their to be only one left – sounds like she’s been brave (and you too!) #wotw


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