Super Grands to the Rescue!

As our daughter is now working full-time and I/we are taking care of Isabella, when the time came for her well baby check up, Himself and I happily took her.  She toddled around the office and carried around the Dora the Explorer doll she had found there.  Then she had to be measured for height.  While screaming.  Weight.  Screaming.  Checked over.  More screaming.
 
Then, the ultimate insult:  Nonna (I) had to be a human straightjacket to keep Bells from moving while the doctor gave her not one; not two; not three but four inoculations in her little arms!  My poor Bells!
 
I quickly got her dressed and sat in the back seat with her where she whimpered slightly.  Himself and I had hoped to take her to The Cafe for breakfast.  Would taking her home be better, he asked.  I really wanted to go out for breakfast so I told him to drive there and we would see how she is.  She was fine.  So fine that she ate most of my scrambled eggs with cheddar and most of my potatoes and some of my toast. 
 
Having our children be inoculated is a painful experience but it keeps them from suffering from the diseases they protect against.  God sometimes "inoculates" us by "pruning" our dead branches and leaves.  It hurts.  However, the lessons learned will get us through the future days and help us to minister to and train others who will go through similar circumstances.  We need to welcome the refining the Lord puts us through because it brings us closer to Him.
 
Isabella still wanted me to hold her and comfort her even though I subjected her to the momentary pain of her shots.  Desire the Father to wrap His loving arms around you when He works with you.  He wants to be your Dad and your comforter.
 
Blessings to all, gail

41 responses to “Super Grands to the Rescue!

  1. I shall!
     
    Being from the "old school" variety of tree hugger where I didn’t believe in intervention of man at all in almost every area – especially when it came to puplic health and the environment – I used to have a major objections to inoculations.  I realize by writing this I may be inciting a major dissertation of why I shouldn’t have these objections.  And even though I’m not the environmental Nazi I was "back in the day," I’m still not sure 100% sure that there aren’t reasons to object.  I haven’t had to think about it, so I haven’t thought about it in a long time.  Even so, the questions and concerns have never really gone away.
     
    The thing is, we’ve only had vaccines as a standard practice in this country for, what, the past 50 years or so?  We know about the short-term health outcomes, that these have successfully prevented the onset of full-blown particular tragic childhood diseases – so far – but what do we know beyond that?  Okay, so we aren’t seeing Polio like we saw in the 1920’s through the 40’s, but what does the vaccine do to our long-term health?  Since Baby Boomers are major players in the rising obese, and since obesity is among the fastest growing epidemics in the US, could inoculations be a contributor to the way our bodies are dealing with food and the environment?  I mean, let’s first look at what an inoculation is.  It is injecting a disease into the body of an infant and/or very small child.  Am I the only one who has reason to believe there’s reason for concern here???  Do we know the long-term health outcomes for the rest of the course of the average person’s life?  Could innoculations be a contributor to heart disease, cancer, high cholesterol, etc.?  Do we have valid medical and scientific research on any of this?  Do we know anything at all beyond what we see as the short-term outcomes?
     
    These are just a few of my concerns.  And I feel very strongly that they are valid concerns.
     
    So there’s my soapbox about vaccines.  Now, if you’re up to it, I’m willing to hear yours! 
     
    Love ya!!!  Lots and lots!!!
     
    Carol 🙂

  2. Gail, you are so right.  I can remember the look on my boys’ faces when I held them down for their shots. It was like this terror, but worse, like they were imploring me and not understanding when I wouldn’t relent.  Here is this woman who has always kissed my booboos, and kept me safe, and helped my avoid pain, and now she’s like, holding me down and subjecting me to it. Like they were screaming "Why would you do this to me?"  And it broke my heart.  Sometimes I wonder if it breaks God’s heart the same way.  He knows it’s necessary and He knows the outcome will be good, but it must break His holy heart to have to hold us down.  I still look up to Him at times and wonder "Why would you do this?"  But I guess I know the answer, and you’re right it does help.  I still can’t always sit still, but it helps.

  3. Okay, forget I even mentioned obesity.  It was a very bad example of the point I’m trying to make in the concerns I have.  We know that bad eating habits and poor nutrition causes obesity.
     
    So, let’s just focus on the bare bones concern I have.  Do we know – truly know – the long-term health effects of injecting a disease into an infant/small child’s body?

  4. So very nicely put Gail.  The pruning is painful but necessary for our growth. 
    At least you were there to give love and comfort to little Isabella.
     
    Take care,
    B

  5. lovely entry G, loved how you linked both innoculation to the Father’s arms. 😉 I took little Nel for a jab yesterday too!! She’s not had one for a looooooooong time. They now have a new vaccine against meningitis, and so she took it. Yeah, I had to hold her and hug her as the doctor put that needle into her. Her crying was short, thank Goodness! I know, if I were in a diff situation, it would be easier to face it in the Father’s arms rather than alone. 🙂
    God bless, and SOO nice to see you stop by again! haha..
    Take good care G!
    HUGS
     

  6. It’s almost harder to see your grandkids go through this than it was your own, isn’t it! Only part much different is mom, not grandma, has to bear with them all night when sore muscles keep waking them. I LOVE being grandma!
     
    -cindy

  7. I can understand where you’re coming from.  I too have seen pain at the other end of the spectrum.  We had a mom of 2 in our church a few years back, she wouldn’t tell us the diagnosis of her youngest son, but, to watch him, it seemed to indicate something perhaps close to Autism or Asperger’s.  I think he was somewhere around age 4 at the time with something going on that a layman couldn’t really put a finger on.  The child would often be out of control and unreachable.  Sometimes he would run away from his mom or a person given the charge of watching him to go into a corner of a room and defecate.
     
    This mom had been pleading with doctor after doctor to pay attention to what she was saying about the changes she saw in immediately in her child after his shots.  Before his inoculations, he had all the appearances and reactions of a normal child.  Then after the shots the change was startling – like night and day. 
     
    These are among the things I have stored in my memory bank – and perhaps while not as painful and final as death, it’s still heartbreaking nonetheless.  And this is just ONE of my concerns.
     
    Something interesting to note in case you weren’t aware is that Autism and Asperger’s is on the rise in this country.
     
    Are shots to blame for the rise in Autism and Asperger’s?  I’m not a medical researcher and/or scientist, so, technically, I’m not qualified to make that call.  Even so, is it worth researching to see if there’s a link?  I say ABSOLUTELY!
     
     

  8. Hello There Friend Did Anyone Ever Tell You, Just How Special You Are The Light that You Emit Might even Light a Star
    Did Anyone Ever Tell You How Important You Make Others Feel Somebody out here is Smiling About Love that is so Real
    Did Anyone Ever Tell You that Many Times When They were Sad Your E-mail made Them Smile a bit In Fact It made Them Glad
     
    For the Time You Spend Sending Things And Sharing whatever You Find There are No Words to Thank You But Somebody, Thinks You’re Fine
    Did Anyone Ever Tell You
    Just How Much They Like You Well, My Friend Today I am Telling You
     
    I HOPE I GET THIS BACK I believe that without a friend you are missing out on a lot!!!
    Don’t be confused by friends and acquaintances, there is a difference!
    BUT, you have to send it right now!!
    But don’t just send it back, send it on to everyone..
    Have a nice day, and I’m glad we are friends!!!
    THIS IS A HAND OF FRIENDSHIP
    YOU MUST PASS IT TO AT LEAST 4 FRIENDS
    Blessings always
    Lisa

  9. Good day "Super G",
     
    It is so awesome the medical breakthroughs over the last 50-60 years. Miracle drugs, miracle surgeries, miracle care. They all help us conquer all kinds of sickness and disease.
     
    As believers in the Word of God, we have another effective medicine.

    Have a wonderful weekend, Greg

  10.  
    Darn, I thought I commented on this post already… Oooops!
     
    Gail you are super G in many ways!!!
     
    I am so glad we are friends!!!!!
     
    Liz
     

  11. Gail, you are such an inspiration to those of us who know the need for our pain and sufferings.  No matter how much we hurt, hurt for others, or how vast the tribulation comes our way…there is always the blessed hope and promise that we shall have eternity beyond our capabilities to fathom, or construction in our most vivid imagination.  Nice to march with you my fellow soldier of peace.  Keep reaching, we won’t tire, we will walk that narrow road.  God bless my friend.
     
    J. Wesley

  12. What wonderful grandparents you are!  That must be a big help and relief for your daughter to have you to be able to take care of Isabella.  Liked your analogy of God inoculating us.  It’s so true.  Hope you have a great weekend!

  13. Hi Mom,
    Kind of got busy, so couldn’t chat or meet your blog for sometime or mail you.
    How is bella now? Is she alright? I liked the probable you wrote to explain how God’s protection. Kids forget pains fast.
    Well, I’ve got an exciting news. The project in which I was labouring for months with less sleep has been launched (not yet online, but management presenation is done) and the clients are extreme happy with the project and so we are handed with the second and third phase of the project.
    How are my bro & sis? How is my grannie? Is she fed up with blogs? Coz she is being inconsistent like us.
    take care  mom, wish to chat with you soon.
    Love & Prayers, rhonald.

  14. Yes Gail, I understand why you chose to decline and I admire that greatly.  Truth is, I seldom chat with anyone because it is time I should be spending with my wife.  What you don’t know about me is that I’m a motivational speaker, and I base my talks on the need for honor.  Often I’m tempted to speak of my spiritual beliefs, but I avoid that in group sessions or large audiences unless that is the purpose for which I was asked to speak.  There is no doubt that we walk the same road with the same destination, and that is something we can share without any personal contact.  We have a mutual love for people, and that is His gift that I most cherish with Christ.
     
    J. Wesley

  15. Hey there gail. Just wanted you to know that I have had this stuff going around in my brain alot lately and it was good timing. Was able to share your analogy with some friends stuggling and thought you should know how far the ripples of your little blog may travel.

  16. Most everywhere I’ve been in the States, you can toally talk to strangers and no one thinks it’s weird.  That was one of the hardest things to get used to out here, smiling and/or saying hi to someone and having them look at me like, "What do you want?  What’re you some kind of perv or something???"  Yeah, that was tough to get used to.

  17. For the record, not everyone is like that in Southern Cali – there are transplants like me, lol!  Actually, I’ve met some born and raised in SoCal not like that.  It just that when I first got here it seemed I wasn’t seeing many of them.

  18. Hey you, Super G! This brings back memories of times thankfully past 😛 I once had to be the human straight jacket while they drew blood from Jessica- she got loose & yanked the needle out of her arm! They nearly had to pick me up off the ground- Mama doesn’t do blood spurts 😦

  19. Love the pictures.  She looks like a very happy baby ~smiles~.
     
    I hated the shots to.  I had a friends and she had a baby named Adam.  She took him in for his diptheria shot and he was one of the few rare babies that get water on the brain from it ~frowns~.  It always made me worried when I had to take my two kids in to get their shots ~cringes~.  Thank God that is a such a rarity, and you are right the ends beat the means.  Much better to take that minute chance then have them be 11 and die of diptheryia ~cringes~.
     
    I loved my grandma.  She always spoiled me and life was always better around them because they could always give my brother and I back ~chuckles~.  So they would spoil us and then give us back and my poor mom and dad would hear it for a week.  Well grandma let us do it, well grandma lets us eat it, well that isn’t how it’s done at grandma’s house ~snickers~.
     
    Sometimes my mom and dad come by and take Mariah to lunch for ice cream ~snickers~.  No lunch just ice cream…they like to be bad grandparents ~laughs~.
     
    Love,
    Adam

  20. Hi Gail,  I am still in disbelief at the whole idea too.  Never in a million years would I have imagined that I would be where I am today considering my very humble beginnings.  But I"ve always had faith.  I believe I went through what I did so that I can help women in similar situations.  I am constantly amazed at His work in my life.  It’s neverending.  I will always give thanks to Him.  I can honestly say I’ve accomplished much more in life than I would ever have imagined.  It only gets better with time.  Have a great weekend!

  21. Hello Gail,
     
    I don’t like needles either but I do have fun watching the phlebotomist take blood – especially when they turn green because of my watching. It has been many years since my children had shots. The worst I saw was having their tonsils removed.
     
    Yes, there is something stronger than duct tape and nothing is stronger – God is the strongest of all. OK, you meant physical things. I have yet to try the Gorilla Tape – it looks like duct tape, it might be duct tape by a different manufaturer – who knows. Glad you enjoyed the crazy headlines while the monkey at the bottom said, "Humans say we’re stupid. We’d never use headlines like those."
     

    Hello There Friend Did Anyone Ever Tell You, Just How Special You Are The Light that You Emit Might even Light a Star
    Did Anyone Ever Tell You How Important You Make Others Feel Somebody out here is Smiling About Love that is so Real
    Did Anyone Ever Tell You that Many Times When They were Sad Your E-mail made Them Smile a bit In Fact It made Them Glad
     
    For the Time You Spend Sending Things And Sharing whatever You Find There are No Words to Thank You But Somebody, Thinks You’re Fine
    Did Anyone Ever Tell You
    Just How Much They Like You Well, My Friend Today I am Telling You
     
    I HOPE I GET THIS BACK I believe that without a friend you are missing out on a lot!!!
    Don’t be confused by friends and acquaintances, there is a difference!
    BUT, you have to send it right now!!
    But don’t just send it back, send it on to everyone..
    Have a nice day, and I’m glad we are friends!!!
    THIS IS A HAND OF FRIENDSHIP
    YOU MUST PASS IT TO AT LEAST 4 FRIENDS
     
    Peace & Blessings.

  22. Thank you so much Gail.  I really needed to hear this today.  I have been asking the Lord to show me what I am meant to be learning from a certain situation that I am going through.  He just wants me to be able to handle all the good things He has in store for me.  This entry has touched my soul.  Hope your little granddaughter feels much better today.  Hugs.

  23. I’ve taken The Princess to the doc for her shots a few times. I hate it. When I take her for other reasons, she always asks if she’s going to get a shot. I don’t blame her. I don’t like them either.
     
    Chelle and I had this very same conversation the other day – about how God refines and molds us. At the time it’s no fun, but in the end we always come out better for the experience.
     
    xoxo
    Dana

  24. what a wonderful lesson you gave us today… thanks for that! 😀
    I can relate to the innoculations… i have had to give out a few myself as a doc… hehe… 😀
    never fun to inflict that momentary pain on such cute little bubs….
    but as you mention, it is essentially to protect them from future more unpleasant experiences.
    I thank God for my "inocculations" … 😀
    yay… I am finally home…
    good to be home again.
     
    God bless!
    "Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward.” 

  25. poor Isabella ,and poor you ..what a job !  when Jason & Zowie take Fergus they ask for his to be done in his buttocks where he has plenty of fat ….that way it hurts less .when I took my nephew for his pre-school jabs I did the same and the nurse said "what a good idea " daft really ,as it was the usual place to put the needle when mine where little 🙂
     
    God allows pain so that we can grow closer to Him ,how He must love us Gail ….lol
     
    love and blessings
     
    sandra

  26. Hello Gail,
     
    Thank you for the return of the poem. I consider you a dear friend.
     
    If the ice and snow we have would only melt before Tuesday and the temperatures warm up, we’d be in great shape.
     
    Peace & Blessings.

  27. Hi Gail!
     
    As Jason said, "the pruning / innoculation" story is a wonderful lesson for us all as we mature in stature and faith / spirit…powerful indeed!  Thanks 🙂
     
    Adrian

  28. Gail, Yes that is just part of that chapter of Psalms , and I to had to read that over and it got me throught the deepest darkest hardest time in my life. The part where it say I knew you before you were born. I knit you perfectly in your mother womb.
    Love and Hugs and thanks for coming by Gail
    Lisa

  29. An insightful post.  I can remember times I had to do these same things with/for my kids.  The Queen can’t abide shots, so the serf would often get the duties pasted on to him.  I remember the process and the comforting of the beloved child afterwards.
     
    I have posted the A to Z tag as you requested (be warned, it isn’t one of my more serious post). 

  30. Hello Gail,
     
    Yes, all roads leading out of Lubbock are closed due to ice. They have some wicked curves going off the caprock and it would be easy to crash. The weather is weird every where. God has to remind humanity that He rules – not humans. A little weird weather and most people remember we are just here for a short time and there is a Power greater than us.
     
    Have a great week.
     
    Peace & Blessigns.

  31. hey Gail, Mr. Richard sent me this, and I’m sending it to you too! just to let you know you are special! 🙂
    We are doing ok. THe uni has offered me an extra course to teach, so now I  work a total of 12 hours away from home. It is rather tiring, coz it entails preperation of lecture material, exams, marking assignment etc. at home. and I was praying so hard that the uni would call me to retract its offer and cancel off one class! hahaha….unfortunately they didn’t…hahah…i suppose i’ll be happy when i get the pay cheque though!….n perhaps, the Lord knows i need this extra money to cope with higher cost of living! well all good things com fr the Lord. Take care, and here’s the poem below! God bless and hugs to you! HUGS
     
    Hello There Friend Did Anyone Ever Tell You, Just How Special You Are The Light that You Emit Might even Light a Star
    Did Anyone Ever Tell You How Important You Make Others Feel Somebody out here is Smiling About Love that is so Real
    Did Anyone Ever Tell You that Many Times When They were Sad Your E-mail made Them Smile a bit In Fact It made Them Glad
     
    For the Time You Spend Sending Things And Sharing whatever You Find There are No Words to Thank You But Somebody, Thinks You’re Fine
    Did Anyone Ever Tell You
    Just How Much They Like You Well, My Friend Today I am Telling You
     
    I HOPE I GET THIS BACK I believe that without a friend you are missing out on a lot!!!
    Don’t be confused by friends and acquaintances, there is a difference!
    BUT, you have to send it right now!!
    But don’t just send it back, send it on to everyone..
    Have a nice day, and I’m glad we are friends!!!
    THIS IS A HAND OF FRIENDSHIP
    YOU MUST PASS IT TO AT LEAST 4 FRIENDS

  32. Hey G,
    How you been. I know it’s been a long time since i been on here.Months.Ol my. I know i need a up-date.LOL Hope to here from you.I seen you been trying to get a hold of me.Sorry.
    Much love
    Steph

  33. Hello Gail,
     
    And just about the time a person gets a new pair of glasses they are wrong again:) I imagine many people can relate to this one. I have a brother who in 2005 was in good physical shape, last year when I saw him, I had to change his name to "Fat Albert." Getting off the streets and eating well sure changed his shape. The things my family has been diagnosed with last year – all a part of growing older.
     
    We’re staying nice & warm. The safe part is questionable with as many people that have almost run into me this past week. My reflexes are still good no no harm done. Thank God for His protective hedge around me.
     
    Have a great week.
     
    Peace & Blessings.

  34. I regret not visiting you sooner Gail.  Duty called my away for a bit, but the streets in South Carolina are three bad guys safer today.  Oh yeah, I deleted per your request.  Thanks for the trust…I will not abuse it.  
     
    J. Wesley

  35. Oh how I remember those days!!  How awful I felt as a mom when my kids had to get shots but they were so forgiving (well, Hannah was, Chris still holds it against me, lol.)  I cannot believe that in a few short weeks this baby will be here.  I think these will be the longest weeks of my life………
     
    ~Ronna

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