Before Christmas break I decided it was finally time to catch up on some really important immunizations. As a baby, I had a strange reaction to my second round of shots - I cried for two days straight but didn't have a fever or anything to indicate that I was sick, other than the totally uncharacteristic crying. My mom decided that I would not get the rest of my shots to be safe.
I went and saw a doctor on campus and told her about how I reacted and how I'd really like to be immunized for certain things, especially meningitis. She was extremely helpful and asked for any written information that I might have on my immunizations. Unfortunately, when I went home my mom and I discovered that the only immunization record I had, a little yellow card, had been lost. My mom wrote up a note about my reaction and what she could remember about my shots.
This morning I got a phone call from the doctor who is helping me figure out the entire situation. She said that if I had experienced a fever or seizure as a reaction, then she wouldn't have been that worried. Sounds weird, doesn't it? Apparently those are common reactions and when you react like that, it's easier to figure everything out. She then said that my reaction was very uncommon, so there is definitely cause for worry. I have now been referred to a doctor at the McMaster hospital, who is the president of the Canadian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology. Sounds fancy. She's eventually going to contact me about her plans.
The first doctor guesses that this is what will happen: First I'll need a blood test to figure out if I am actually immune to anything from the baby shots because I never finished getting them all. The blood test will also determine if I have developed a natural immunity to anything else. I had no idea that could even happen. Once they know what I'm susceptible to, they'll decide when and how to give me the shots that I want. I'm most likely going to have to hang out at the McMaster hospital for a day in a "clean room" so they can monitor me after I'm given the shots. Then I'll never get threatening letters in the mail again about not having certain shots! Yay!
I'm really terrified about this blood test though. I have a thing with veins. I haven't had a blood test since I was two years old, and I still remember it being terrifying. It's a really unreasonable fear, though. Ugh, I feel queasy just thinking about it.