Wednesday was the last time Sam had to get his Synagis injections. This was recommended by our consultant in Holles Street to combat Respiratory syncytial virus or RSV for short. RSV is a virus that causes infections of the lungs and respiratory tract. Sam was at a higher risk of catching this as he was born premature so his lungs were under developed. To date he had had 6 RSV injections all administered into his tiny little thigh. Now i don't mind injections, but they still hurt, so i can only imagine what it must have been like for Sam with very little fat on his legs.
What i found amazing was for the first few times, the injection didn't seem to bother him at all, like he was used to it! While Sam was in Nicu, he had a lot of injections and PICC lines ( PICC is a form of intravenous access used for long periods of time ) put in, but after we got him home his ability to handle an injection quickly faded and soon it would take a good 20 minutes to settle the little man. Cuddles and tlc where the order of the day. It was not the needle breaking the skin but the fluid being pushed in that seemed to hurt him the most.
There is also a range of immunisation injections that all babies get at 2, 4, 6, 12 and 13 months. Sam has his little immunisation passport that the doctor fills out after each planned injection. Unlike the RSV injection which is not a vaccination, the immunisation injections commonly leave a sore red mark for a period of time afterwards. So don't be to alarmed when your little one get theirs done and might not be themselves for a few days afterwards.
I strongly believed that both the RSV and immunisation injections have helped keep Sam healthy as we have been told by our consultant on average a preemie baby would be admitted to hospital at least 4 to 6 times by the time they have hit the 1 year mark. To date Sam has had no admissions since leaving Holles Street.
As I keep saying to Sam everyday Just keep Swimming :)