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It sounds like one of the kids upstairs is either running laps inside or rhythmically kicking a door. Neither possibility would surprise me since we frequently hear one of the kids jumping on the bed (which munges the reception on the TV in our study) and in the weeks leading up to the start of school last year it sounded like they were staging the Olympic games inside. Normally I'd ignore it, but I'm particularly sensitive to noise because of this cold/flu/whatever. I've never sweat so much sitting still. Yuck.

In other news, I'm waiting for Laurel's last pediatrician's office to retrieve her records so they can fax over her shot record. For all the importance the base clinic placed on noting every shot Laurel had on her yellow card (International Certificate of Vaccination, PHS-731), the civilian pediatrician she saw in Colorado did not, so I have an incomplete shot record for her. This is important for two reasons: her shot record is required at school registration and it should be brought to the immunization clinic when we take her in for the few shots she needs to start school.

The school district's requirements:
- Diphtheria/Tetanus/Pertussis: Five diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis containing vaccines for incoming kindergarteners, unless the fourth dose was given on or after the fourth birthday, in which case only four are required. Laurel's incomplete shot record shows four DTAP doses by 15 months, so she may have had a fifth dose by age 2 and not need it.
- Polio: Four doses of any combination of OPV and IPV, one of which must have been received on or after the fourth birthday unless four doses were received by four years of age. She had three IPV doses by 15 months, so again, she may already be covered.
- Measles/Mumps/Rubella: Two doses of measles vaccine and one each of rubella and mumps. Laurel had an MMR on her first birthday, so another dose of the measles vaccine would meet the requirements. A second MMR is routinely recommended between ages 4 and 6, so we might as well go with that.
- Haemophilus Influenzae Type B: One dose for students age 15 months to 4 years, unless a schedule for a primary series and a booster was met by 15 months; not required for students age 5 and older.
- Hepatitis B: The first sentence in the description says three doses are required for students through the 11th grade, the next one says three doses are required for students in 7th-11th grade, and the final one says that it's not required for 6th grade students this year. Either way, Laurel is squared away on it with doses at birth, 2 months and 15 months.
- Chickenpox: One dose for all students through 11th grade, two if the first dose was given after age 13, or written validation from the parent or physician with the approximate date the student had the illness. Laurel had her dose at 12 months.

I feel mildly guilty about taking her to a free/low-cost immunization clinic, but if Himself or anyone on his side of her family has a problem with it, they're welcome to help with the out-of-pocket cost if I took her to a pediatrician. I'm focused on getting her squared away to start school, so the school district's immunization fair this weekend is well worth heading out to early on a Saturday morning to help her.

Edit 1615: I called the pediatrician's office again after lunch with Vogon's office fax number after his suggestion that it could get to me faster. (The fax number I gave when I first called goes to our local mailing/shipping store.) The lady I talked to this afternoon, Jeanette, sounded less rushed and irritated than the one I talked to in the morning and said she'd call again before sending the fax. She called back a few minutes ago to tell me that they couldn't get the fax to send to Vogon's number, but shot records don't require a signed release form so she could send them right over. The shipping store closes at 1800, so I'll call over there to confirm it's arrived and either walk over to pick it up myself (it's about a block away) or have Vogon pick it up on his way home. Whew.

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popcornoblivion
Aug. 3rd, 2005 04:34 pm (UTC)
Does Laurel start kindergarten this year?
oddharmonic
Aug. 3rd, 2005 06:04 pm (UTC)
Yes.

The cut-off date for kindergarten students to turn five here is September 1st, so she'll be among the younger kids in the class.
lenabud
Aug. 3rd, 2005 04:36 pm (UTC)
I had to get all of that stuff together for my daughter too. She got some shots back in March, I think three all boosters, well she will still talk about it. She was so mad that they hurt do bad. Hang in there, I hope you can get it all together. Don't feel bad about the clinic, shots cost so much, I get my bill and can't believe it.
oddharmonic
Aug. 4th, 2005 07:15 pm (UTC)
My mom would give us yogurt-covered raisins when we had immunizations because we'd be so distracted ("Waaa--- hey, a TREAT!") that we'd forget about the pain. It sounds like your daughter's got a long memory!

Apparently the pediatrician's office had trouble sending faxes long-distance, so I asked them to send it to my dad's office fax number. Dad faxed it to Vogon's office last night, so I'll see her shot record when he brings it home with him tonight. Thank goodness they could fax it, or I'd have had to wait for it to come in the mail.

Laurel's had most of her immunizations done at a military base clinic, but she saw a civilian pediatrician while we were living with my parents. Tricare sent an explanation of benefits (EOB) for each civilian doctor visit. and one listed a dose of Prevnar as costing $84. Boy, am I glad that was covered!
clemidia
Aug. 4th, 2005 02:47 am (UTC)
"munges?"
oddharmonic
Aug. 4th, 2005 02:35 pm (UTC)
Munge: "to make repeated changes which individually may be reversible, yet which ultimately result in an unintentional irreversible destruction of large portions of the original item" (source).

It nicely describes what happens to the signal picked up by the antenna every time they jump on the bed upstairs while we're watching TV in the study. We can fiddle with the antenna endlessly, but nothing we've tried helps until the jumping stops. My solution is to watch primetime TV in the living room, which has cable.
clemidia
Aug. 5th, 2005 09:05 pm (UTC)
Wow, munges!!

I feel very enlightened. Thank you, sweetie!

*munges her Mr. Goodbar Bites*

Er--I need to practice this phrase...the effects ARE irreversible--on my hips...
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