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    Glad to hear of such positive progress for you all!

    Great that the counting tip helped. We use it for many things. Even for things that might last a long time, we set up a plan in advance to do the scary/painful thing for X count and then have a break for X count before repeating.
    New Zealand-based. DD 11 (year 6 [NZ system]) homeschooled, and DD 6 (year 1 [NZ system]) who is currently trying out public school.

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    MapleHill, I'm so glad your little one is okay and making a speedy recovery. Could they have given him the surgical foam from the beginning to avoid the whole dressing thing, or was the change of bandage type a progression of the healing?
    Homeschooling an only, DS10

    How should we like it were stars to burn
    With a passion for us we could not return?
    If equal affection cannot be,
    Let the more loving one be me.

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    Vicsmom, I'm not sure but I've wondered the same thing. I think they wanted the sores checked daily at first to look for infection. We don't vax because one of my older kids had a life threatening reaction to some vaccines but I've always been fine with them getting a DTaP if they needed it. They gave ds the DTaP and the immunoglobulin in the ER because there was no telling what all was in that burn pile knowing grandma (she'd rather burn all household trash than pay $26 a month to have it picked up weekly *facepalm*) and even though there was no puncture wound, I guess the open sore was a tetanus risk? I haven't researched it but it wasn't a hill I was willing to die on in the ER since DTaP wasn't one of the vaccine that caused reactions in our family.

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    Yes, it's better to be safe than sorry. I think the tetanus risk would occur at the moment of contact with whatever he might have touched. But it's definitely easy for an open wound to get infected. DS recently went mountain biking with his dad and fell. When he came back, they both said it was nothing, so I didn't bother with it. Within one or two days, it started getting infected and I had to dress it and dry it out.
    Homeschooling an only, DS10

    How should we like it were stars to burn
    With a passion for us we could not return?
    If equal affection cannot be,
    Let the more loving one be me.

    W. H. Auden

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    My sister and I have both broken out in hives after receiving vaccines. My daughter contracted meningitis, which is a rare complication of some vaccines and then even after they swore up and down she must have been already been coming down with meningitis before getting the vaccines, her entire leg swelled up to 3 times its normal size after the next round of vaccines and then had a golf ball sized lump for 6 months afterwards. That's when the doctor finally said, "Ya know, I think your family might be one of the ones that just needs to be happy with herd immunity." Ya think?

    One of the nurses in the first ER ds was admitted to for his burns tried to tell me in her "I'm an authority and you don't know what you are talking about" voice that vaccine reactions don't run in families even after I had already said I was fine with ds receiving the DTaP and immunoglobulin. There was too much going on at the time to do more than ignore her but I wish I had had the presence of mind to tell her that when she has spent time in the hospital wondering if my child is going to survive my decision to give her a vaccine that was suppose to be harmless, not once but twice, then she can have an opinion on whether or not vaccine reactions run in my family.

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