Thursday, October 15, 2015

31 for 21 Day 15: Empathy

Cody had a well visit today. To say it was not fun is an understatement. The appointment was already in the range of Cody's "witching hour" and then we had to wait longer than usual. 

He spent MOST of the time (other than when Colin could make him laugh) crying. Typically, Colin actually likes visits to the doctor because he likes when they pay attention to him and check simple things like his heart beat, eyes, ears, etc.

However, this visit was particularly challenging for Colin because he had a really hard time hearing another patient screaming at the top of her lungs. One of Colin's positive traits is that he is empathetic to others' emotions. He has a really hard time when someone is emotional and crying, especially when it's more extreme than normal. There have been times when I have cried in front of him and he has a really hard time with that. When the patient started screaming, he scurried under part of the table and tried to hold it in. Then, when he couldn't handle it anymore, the crying started. It worsened when he found out that Cody was going to receive a shot himself.

Not a fun visit to the pediatrician today!

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