Serenity Now!!!

So, we’ve officially started Sid on his allergy shots. He’s allergic to so many things that we have two different vials of serum and two concurrent dosage schedules that we alternate between. It’s very complicated. Right now, he gets a shot every other day, alternating between the two serums, increasing the dosage incrementally as we move forward, until early September when the schedule just starts getting CRAZY. Then it’s four days between shots, nine days between shots, six days between shots…Brian and I spent an hour the other day putting together a calendar to help us stay on track through the end of December.

But, after completing the first two scheduled injections, I think I’m going to need to add “Jenn Spa Days” to the calendar, or perhaps invest in a bulk supply of valium. Do they sell valium at Costco? Maybe I just haven’t had to do a lot of stressful things in my life, but, great holy moley, sticking your beloved pug with a hypodermic needle is STRESSFUL.

Did you get out all of the air bubbles? Did you remember to warm up the serum-filled needle by rolling it between your palms? Ack!  You didn’t warm it up – what happens if you inject cold allergen serum into his little body? 

Did you hit a vein? Oh, man – you didn’t think you hit a vein, but after you removed the needle there was blood in it – did you just inject allergens straight into his blood stream? What happens if you injected the allergens straight into his blood stream?  

Are you inserting the needle straight into the wad of Sid’s neck scruff that Brian’s gripping so that the needle is parallel to Sid’s body so as to not hit anything important? I mean, you think you did, but could it’ve been a 10 or 15 degree angle?  What happens if you insert the needle at a 15 degree angle?  Did you just inject allergens into his spine?

Why won’t he stay still?!


This is gonna get easier, right??

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8 Responses to “Serenity Now!!!”

  1. avatar Payton's mom Says:

    I feel your pain and stress. The thought about using a needle to inject anything into anyone, let alone my beloved Payton, was enough to freak me out! But I promise, it will get easier. You will get used to the routine. In fact, by the second month, I was doing them all by myself.
    PS. But I would probably try to see if you can get spa days out of it anyway! 😉

  2. avatar Noodles Says:

    I simply cannot imagine going through this! I hope I never have to with Noodles.
    I am sure it gets easier. Before long it will just be second nature.
    Love Noodles’ Mommy #2

  3. avatar Payton's Gampy Says:

    Christy’s right, it does get easier and its for Sid’s health!


  4. avatar Meredith LeBlanc ૐ Says:

    And don’t forget sticking the needle in and pushing it too far so it comes out of the other side of the fold, but depressing the plunger before you realize it, wasting a dose. Yeah, don’t be me.

    I used to give Nicki her shots twice a day while she was eating (read: distracted). It was definitely more nerve wracking for me than her at first. I feel you nerves right now, I’ve been there. It will get easier and Sid will feel so much better.

    Hang in there!
    Meredith & Scarlet

  5. avatar Urban Hounds Says:

    Poor Sid and poor mom and dad! Stay strong we know you can get through this routine and everything will get better

    urban hounds

  6. avatar Suki Says:

    Spa days are a Must! Not to fret, it will get easier, may not seem like it now, but it will.


  7. avatar Eddie the Pug Says:

    Sid should let you wear his confidence shirt…then you can do the shots no problem!
    Love to you all from Eddie xox

  8. avatar Mochi Says:

    Hi Sid,
    Mom has been freaking out because in 2 weeks she has to start my allergy shots too. She was gonna ask your parents for some advice but looks like they’re in the same boat.


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