This morning, at the ripe old hour of dick o’ clock (yep, you guessed it – about 8am!) we all started wandering out of our dark resting places and went forth as zombies. Tristan actually woke up “on time” (defined as 10 minutes before we had to leave, or about 8:35) without us having to do cruel things such as open his door and sic the pets upon him. Traffic was highly irritating, but other than that we made it in on time and to our appointment without further ado. The audiologist was friendly and the process was fairly quick – Tristan struggled to get up from my lap in this little booth about the size of two phone booths. Toys and speakers were assembled at focal points. The sound tests were noisy toys and the tester’s voice over the speaker at different volumes. Tristan was VERY, VERY unhappy to be held in my arms for this, because it probably looked like explorers’ heaven to him, but he was sharp as a nail when it came to attending to sounds. That is, when he wasn’t SO focused on escaping that it took him a moment to focus.
So, yeah. Tristan’s hearing is just fine. No surprise there!
We had lab tests to get done as well, so we decided to get them done right after the hearing appointment. Kaiser, despite all its faults, has some neat shit in place. One of those things is that we can come in any time during laboratory hours (usually business hours), hand someone our card, and have them prepare all of the necessary documentation for any outstanding bodily fluid tests within minutes. If we’re lucky and come at a time that’s not busy, we can be in and out there as immediately as one can with a toddler, which is probably about an hour (more later about that).
We went to the second floor lab, took our number, and waited behind one other person. Their business completed, we were called up and the process was started. We found out rather quickly that the vampires had quite the grudge against Tristan. Quite the stack of papers and stickers printed out of their paperwork-o-matic printers. We took our small booklet and entered the actual lab area, which looks like a vampires’ bar – row of seats with tables and arm rests all facing inward. James took the seat and assembled Tristan on his lap while Tristan guzzled the milk we’d brought as behavior insurance and/or comfort.
So, Kaiser lab techs tend to panic whenever they see a baby who needs blood drawn. They need two people to do the job, which is understandable. But for some reason, it takes about twenty minutes for that second person to be available, which means that the Ultimately Busy toddler is quite pissed off and out of food by the time they re-approach us to start the bloodwork. Ok.. so I get that people are in short supply. But there comes a point where I do not think he’s out of line for screaming, and that point is probably being held against his will for 20 minutes in a very boring chair. He didn’t scream, but I almost did.
I don’t really know if Tristan understands the concept of “this shit’s gonna hurt, so brace yourself.” I try to tell him that something’s going to be “owie” – I do believe in warning him that pain is coming rather than trying to surprise him with it. But I stroked his hair and held his right hand/arm while the techs worked on his left arm and James held him tightly in his lap. Of course, he screamed – but he was well into screaming while they were applying that damn rubberband tourniquet they use to help gather the blood. Thankfully, they found the vessel quickly so there wasn’t all of that painful and anxiety-inducing repoking they do whenever they need my blood.
So, the vampires took SEVEN (7) vials of blood from Tristan. And as they say, no news is good news. I guess I hope to hear only useful news if there is any.
He was quite over the pain of the vampire wound by the time I got him trussed up in the carrier, though. Hooray for the sling!
We went from the clinic to the park while James went to work in his car since we drove there separately. And we proceeded to have a lovely park afternoon despite the physical energy required to keep Tristan from exploring a 10 mile radius that includes everything EXCEPT for the park. Even better is that I believe I’m going to click “Publish” on this entry without having to stop once!