Kids These Days

August 27, 2009 at 9:02 PM | Uncategorized | No Comments

So I’m taking a break to write about something that happened to me earlier today. Something that I found to be a little saddening.

I had a doctor’s appointment today, where no fewer than 4 needles were used on me within a span of 10 minutes at the end. There was the flu shot, a tetanus shot, the second (of three) HepA/B combo shots, and a blood draw. But this story isn’t about the amount of shots, but about the band-aids used following the shots.

The nurse came in with this pile of shots on the keys of her laptop and had me sign some documents concerning the shots. She also had a bunch of band-aids that were going to be necessary after each needle. I noticed that some of these featured lovable WB cartoon characters like Bugs Bunny and Taz.

“How do you do with needles?” she asked.

“Yeah, um, I do OK with needles…”

“Oh, they’re not so bad,” she said, while prepping the vaccines and getting alcohol and wipes out.

I had to explain. “I was just going to say that I used to do a lot better with needles when I was younger. It seems I worry about them more nowadays, I dunno why.” But I was lying; I knew exactly why. So fearless was I of the needle that I would always watch the point of entry whenever I received a shot or got a blood draw. This worked just fine up until the time I gave blood and I watched the much larger needle cause a spurt as it went in. It was quite traumatizing. “Bugs Bunny, eh?” I said, making conversation.

“Yeah, actually, we’ve been trying to get rid of these first. The kids these days don’t even know who Bugs Bunny or the Tasmanian Devil are.”

I’m not really sure why, but this truth was very sad to me. Who do the kids know these days? Was it that I upset that there was a whole generation of children growing up on junk kids shows and mostly English-dubbed Japanese cartoons? Or was it that it made me feel very old? “Shoot, I’m down with Bugs Bunny. Lay it on me.”

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