I’m not a flu shot kind of person. I’ve never had one before this year, and I haven’t had the flu since I was in high school. Maybe even middle school. I can’t really remember.
But this year, with a little over a month to go before my little girl was due to make her entrance into this world, theBoy and I faced one of the hardest decisions we’ve ever had to make. In fact, as a couple, it was the hardest decision we’ve ever made.
After months of hearing how dangerous the H1N1 Flu is for pregnant women (especially those in the 3rd trimester like myself), the vaccine became available to me. It was mine for the taking. If I wanted it.
Because of all the unknowns associated with the new H1N1 vaccine, I soon realized it was going to be totally up to me whether I got one or not.
My OB told me he’s not a fan of flu shots either (I knew I liked him). He doesn’t get them and hasn’t had the flu in over a decade. I was hard pressed to find anyone to give me straight forward medical advice when it came to this new vaccine. I tried to do my own research and came up with a complete mix of opinions and ended up more confused than when I started.
TheBOY and I went back and forth a hundred times. Finally, with 32 days of my pregancy left to go, the day of the flu clinic arrived. The night before, after lots of prayer and discussion, we decided to go for it. What a grueling decision.
Would our baby girl be affected by the vaccine?
How likely would it be that I would even get the dreaded Swine Flu if I didn’t get vaccinated?
After the nurse jabbed my arm and sent the vaccine swirling into my bloodstream, I walked away as quickly as I could blinking back tears.
What had I done?
Then I noticed I’d missed a call from theBOY, and I just knew he had called to tell me to turn back. Don’t do it. Run!
He hadn’t. He called to give me a pep talk because he knew how freaked I was. I was an emotional wreck for the next 10 mintues or so, but theBOY helped calm me down over the phone.
So, did we make the right decision? Who knows. Only time will tell. I’m praying for a healthy winter for our entire family. In the meantime, I know we have one tough parental decision down….only a million (or so) more to go.
Growing up can be tough, and I’m learning that being a mom is going to be even tougher.
What’s a tough decision you’ve had to make as a mom recently? What resources did you use to help you make the decision?