Only a true nursing nerd would be as excited as I currently am about having received this book for Christmas:
How excited am I about having received this book, you ask? RIDICULOUSLY. RIDICULOUSLY EXCITED. I am a super nerd.
On a semi-related note, I coached Abbie through swallowing her first pill today. She popped up with some UTI symptoms today, and after referencing a few medical experts for advice, it was decided that Abbie needed to take some cranberry pills. Trick is, Abbie is 4. It’s pretty rare that kids are able to swallow pills before they are 10. Abbie is 6 years younger than 10.
But I had faith in her. She and I sat down in the kitchen floor with two sizeable cranberry pills, a cup of yogurt, and a considerable amount of determination. I was afraid that we were going to fail our mission to get her to swallow the pills until her mom, Sarah1, gave me the inspiration I needed. “Pretend like you’re swallowing your gum!” She shouted from across the kitchen. Light bulbs went off in my head. I made some minor adjustments to Sarah1′s suggestion. I looked Abbie in the face and said, “Pretend like you’re chewing gum and you’re not supposed to be chewing it and your mom is coming and you have to get rid of it and FAST!”
Then, a *gulp*, followed by a victorious, “I DID IT!” Abbie had swallowed her first pill. So I shoved another into her mouth, along with a mouthful of yogurt. “Quick,” I said, “Your mom is coming again!” Another gulp, another pill down the hatch. Abbie happily skipped away, Kate stayed around to finish the yogurt. After she left, I celebrated our victory, telling Sarah1 that Abbie shouldn’t have been able to do that.
All Sarah1 said in reply was, “You’re totally going to work in pediatrics.”