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Doctor appointments, change and the inevitable tantrum

on July 24, 2013

Yesterday we went to the allergist. Our babysitter, Sara, came with and while the experience included a lot of screaming, tantrums on the floor in the middle of the office and stress, that appointment was only eclipsed by the visit Conor and I had today at the dentist’s office. Any change to Conor’s routine means there will be some unhappiness and stress on his part. I showed him one of the PECs picture cards to let him know we were going to the Doctor’s office and afterward the reward which was his beloved Ipad. Unfortunately when he saw the picture and knew it meant going to the Doctor his tantrum started early. He enjoyed the car ride as always, but the closer we got to our destination, the more agitated he got. The screaming really kicked in when we pulled into the parking lot. I had to pick him up from his booster seat and carry him in screaming all the way. The poor kids in the waiting area had to must have been freaked out, and when we went back to the procedure room, all hell broke loose. The only positive was the dentist was easily able to look into his mouth because it was open. Of course the negative was he was screaming at her. The nurse and I pinned him down while she checked his teeth (he had a front tooth that was bleeding. Turns out it’s going to fall out soon. Oh goody). Once she was done, he calmed down, played with the lava lamp and a mirror, and then wouldn’t leave the room! In fact, he didn’t want to leave the office at all. This produced a minor meltdown but nothing like when we arrived. I just hope we don’t have any more appointments for a long time…

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