The previous 2 hospital stays completely traumatized A. For several weeks now, I have been gently prodding her to see if there was any kind of treat that might entice her to endure another poke. She firmly told me no each time I mentioned this.
Since it is the Christmas season, A has seen Santa several times and heard many Christmas carols. One of the lines in “Santa Clause is coming to town” mentions a “Kitty Car”. As soon as A learned this verse she started telling us that she would be asking Santa for a Kitty Car. We had no idea how we were going to deliver on this because we had no idea what a kitty car was. We told her several times that Santa might not be able to bring a Kitty Car because he wasn’t sure what it was. A would then describe it as a pink box with wheels and a new kitty in it. She was very convicted on what it should look like.
Last week I decided to ask her if a Kitty Car would entice her to be able to do another poke. She didn’t hesitate too long before saying that she could do it. Score!! But now I had to just find a kitty car!!! Well, luckily, I did find my version of what I thought she had in mind and luckily it worked. She was thrilled!!!
John and I were trying to hold the Kitty Car until after the poke was successfully in place. Last time it took 3 pokes and we didn’t want to spoil the surprise before we were done with pokes. We let them try the IV placement one time but A was too anxious and jerked away as the needle approached. When they were trying again she was just about to get hysterical. John and I decided that was the right time to get the present out and it worked! It took her mind off the poke and they placed the IV and drew the blood before she really noticed! Once the IV is in, the rest of the procedure is pretty easy for A.