Monday, November 28, 2011

"I need a needle"

Those four magical words are not ones I expected my 2 1/2 year old to say. Zander woke up earlier in the day complaining about his knee hurting, I thought he napped on it funny but later that night he started to cry (randomly). He was grabbing his knee and he came over to me and said, "I need a needle!" I was very surprised: this was a first. We have had other times where I ask him, "Do you need a needle?" Sometimes he says yes and sometimes he says no. But he was adamant that he needed a needle. So, we infused him. He seemed okay and went to bed a happy camper. There were no issues to speak of the next day. I am not sure if he was having a bleed, I am not sure if he "needed" factor, but we have it and we can give it. I think it is important to show him that this is his body and his disease and if he felt like he needed a needle, then by all means a needle he will have.


  1. Dear Kindergarten Teacher...
    Please don't freak out when my kid asks for his needle...

  2. Apparently, he also needs a lesson in the wearing of his sunglasses....I think it is important as well to let him manage his own situation and have some power to make decisions regarding his care. Great job - kudos to you and Travis.

  3. He is a trooper, that is for sure.

  4. We, also, honor our boys' response to their bodies. When they were younger (they are 13 and 15 now) and we'd get calls from school, I'd always ask THEM (not the school nurse) if they thought they needed a poke (needle). There were times when they'd say yes and either my husband or I would head to school and infuse or they'd say no and I'd remind them to use ice at school.

    I'm glad I found you (via my blog) and I'm trying to blog more....