An Ounce of Prevention





104 responses to “An Ounce of Prevention”

  1. anyapop Avatar

    Ha! I was exactly like that when I had to go to the doctors!

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      I feel bad for the kids, I really do. But I feel far worse for the nurses and parents.

  2. jensine Avatar

    well she was a very good entertainer

  3. sleepycathollow Avatar

    Being a kid who had allergy shots twice a week for years…I was more of a whimpering mass when the nurse and needle came near. Although I did look like that when the battle-ax nurse had the needle! She always gave me a huge lump in my arm!

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Aww! That must have been rough.

  4. Clip Snark Avatar

    I totally freaked out like that well into my teens. :)

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      :) So, did you get braver or just stop getting shots? haha

      1. Clip Snark Avatar

        I finally got over it. The trick for me is to look away!

  5. Nathan Young Avatar

    And sadly that’s how I still like to react when I know a shot is coming. I just hate them!

  6. whatimeant2say Avatar

    Wonderful! I love all of the expressions on her face!

  7. muddledmom Avatar

    This is great! I was more like that when my parents had to pull a super dangly tooth. And I remember some really early days of having to go through that with my kids, but thankfully they have outgrown it. Your poor mom.

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Oh, me too! I wouldn’t let anybody touch my wiggly tooth, no way.

  8. evilnymphstuff Avatar

    I’m scared of needles too! Oh god I love this!! So cute… and true for most of us!

  9. jarvisandbeetle Avatar

    the lollipop line is class

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Haha! I actually had an alternative ending to this one where Chrissy just throws her head back and screams even louder (which also happened), but I thought the lollipop line was just slightly funnier and truly, truly Chrissy.

      1. jarvisandbeetle Avatar

        both ending ring very true – I’m heavily into bribing with lollies when shots are involved

  10. on thehomefrontandbeyond Avatar

    my doctor used to ask my sister and I what flavour shot we wanted and while we were thinking about it he would give us the shot and it would be done and over with before we could protest or howl – love your “art”

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Ha! Clever doctor! I love encountering those few doctors with great bedside manner :)

  11. msperfectpatty Avatar

    This is hilarious as always! It reminds me of the kids I’ve seen at the doctors that act up like that then expect a reward!

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      It’s funny how they always think they were so good…

  12. Jaki Belanger Avatar

    You nailed it! (no pun intended) MOM:D

  13. Dounia Avatar

    I just love the facial expressions in this one! I’m always amazing at how perfectly you get the expressions across with the cutouts! Fantastic, as usual :D

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Thanks, Dounia! It helps that I can move the pieces around so much before gluing them down :)

  14. Audrey Avatar

    Somehow this looks so familiar… :)

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Ha! I’m sure it’s played out daily at pediatrician’s offices everywhere.

  15. Chatter Master Avatar
    Chatter Master

    The picture of your mom in the last frame is PERFECT!!! Another gift to us!!!!

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Thanks! Oh, I remember how my mom came home just fuming. She was still blushing from embarrassment and fury.

      1. Chatter Master Avatar
        Chatter Master

        It’s so life like!!!! I feel like I watched this in a movie or something!

  16. Rae Avatar

    Love your mom’s blush at the end!

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Thanks :) Hey, aren’t you supposed to be on vacation?

  17. asoulwalker Avatar

    I love the running away. Something about it just looks hilarious.

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Thank you! I tried to capture the panic and pure adrenaline and also the dread of knowing you will be caught and made to face your fears.

  18. Rebecca B. Pinckney Avatar

    HI Chrissy,
    Yes! It brought back memories. Loved the part at the end where she wants a reward for
    bad behavior. Just like a child. The strip made me chuckle. Thanks for the laugh.
    The Teasel Lady

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Thanks, Becky! I appreciate the sweet comment!

  19. hebe in dc Avatar

    Ahh memories .. brilliant as always.

  20. missemmalou Avatar

    Haha! I cannot blame Chrissy, I am still fearful of needles!!!

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      I think Chrissy is, too. I always suspected she overplayed things for the drama and extra attention she would get, but I think she was and is sincerely terrified of needles.

  21. becomingcliche Avatar

    Another win! I love Chrissy’s expression when she realizes what’s about to happen!

  22. She's a Maineiac Avatar

    This is exactly what happens every time I take my daughter to get her shots! What a joyous time it is for everyone involved.

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Oh, man, I bet. I hope my kid isn’t like this!

  23. speaker7 Avatar

    Outstanding! I especially love how her hair flies behind her as she attempts to flee the waiting room.

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Thanks! I really like making flying paper hair. I need more excuses to make it.

  24. Emily Avatar

    Did your mom not tell Chrissy in advance that she had to get a shot?

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      What? She’d never have gotten Chrissy in the car in the first place!

  25. drewpan Avatar

    That reminds me of my younger brother… except it was every morning when it was time to go to school.

  26. Noteworthy Avatar

    The Hepatitis B frame kills me.

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Hahaha, nice word choice.

  27. wanda Avatar

    its funny…till its your kid.

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      I say a silent prayer every time I take my kid to the doctor that she will not be the one to freak out.

  28. Mrs. Butler Avatar

    So funny! I had a shot today (cortisone in my right shoulder). You nailed it (“bee sting” my a–)! – Worrywart

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      I have to make up an entire make-believe scenario every fall just to get my flu shot.

  29. Miranda Gargasz Avatar
    Miranda Gargasz

    lol! I love the fact that she’s running in her underpants she so frightened! I could totally see my Tony doing that!

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      And she did, too. Ran up and down all the hallways, screaming like a banshee the whole time. My mom was mortified.

  30. twishiimii Avatar

    this is pretty cool and cute^.^

  31. Winn Avatar

    OMG Nicki, this TOTALLY reminded me of taking my 3 kids once a week to get shots for our move to Vietnam! Each kid got 2-3 shots per arm each week for 4 weeks!!!! That doctor’s office did not have enough lollipops for my kids! LOL. Nice work again. That shot/needle must have been TEENY to make! :)

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Yikes! I hope your kids weren’t as dramatic as Chrissy! :)

      1. Winn Avatar

        My darling middle child with autism probably outdid Chrissy. God love all the nurses that didn’t even bat an eye!

  32. joehoover Avatar

    Brillianty observed as always. I don’t remember getting shots as a kid, now I’m worried I’m susceptible to every strain of everything out there

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Ha! Maybe it’s just a bit of childhood amnesia

  33. Paprika Furstenburg Avatar

    Hysterical! I was once in a doctor’s office waiting to have them take some blood.There was an 8 year old boy ahead of me and he was screaming like he was being murdered. He kept yelling things like, “Mom, how can you let them do this to me?” and “Where are you going with that needle?” Everyone in the waiting room felt sorry for him, but more for his mom and the poor nurse who was drawing his blood.

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Awww, poor buddy. But yes, I feel more sorry for the adults!

  34. Emily Avatar

    When I was five, I had to get a measles vaccine, along with a cursory physical examination, before starting kindergarten. Anyway, I was brave–I even ripped open the package that the needle was in–and, I sat quietly through the shot, and my mother took me to the park afterwards, but while we were there, I was kind of subdued…..I couldn’t put it in words, but it was the first time in my conscious memory that two adults I trusted (our family doctor, and my mother by proxy) had inflicted pain on me “for my own good.” So, back to the story, we were at the park, and I was standing alone by the swing set with my arm still hurting from the shot, and the next thing I knew, I turned around, and my mom was there with a black-cherry ice cream cone for me, and then I was happy again.

    1. teaselcreatures Avatar

      Pain is inflicted for our own good, but as children we do not understand. I know you Mama
      was making up for the pain your endured like a good soldier. But we cannot escape the
      pain, no matter how hard we try to shield ourselves and our children from it. We have to
      learn that “pain is sometimes our friend.”
      Becky Pinckney
      The Teasel Lady

      1. Emily Avatar

        It was just a shot……and I got a trip to the park and an ice cream cone afterwards, so in my five-year-old mind, that settled the score. Besides, I knew what was happening beforehand (okay, my mom told me on the drive over), and I knew that I had to get a measles vaccine to start kindergarten, so it’s not like I was traumatized or anything, and my arm stopped hurting later that day. But, looking back, as an adult, I think kids have to get too many vaccinations these days–I remember getting five, maybe six in my whole life (I’m 28), and now there are all kinds of new ones, for things like chicken pox (normal childhood illness that comes with the added bonus of a week off school), and a HPV vaccine for girls who’ve barely hit puberty. I’m also not so sure that vaccines should be done in school, because then the kids who are scared of needles get teased by the ones who say they aren’t, the smart-alecky bully kids torment the others by saying that the needle is “THIIIIIIIIIIS BIIIIIIIG!!!!”; and teachers hate it, because the kids are too anxious to concentrate in class, and there’s always some class (usually one of the “creative” classes, like music, drama, or art, that “doesn’t really matter anyway”), that has to be cancelled so the kids can get their shots. But anyway, Nicki, I love your work–could you please do another “I Am Right, You Are Wrong” story in the near future?

  35. The Simple Life of a Country Man's Wife Avatar

    haha – love it! your mom was no amateur.

  36. jell jell @ I'll Sleep When They're Grown Avatar

    The “wash your hands” poster! Love it.

    1. Emily Avatar

      Yeah, was that to remind the patients, or the doctor? Lol.

    2. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Thanks! It was fun to make!

  37. Angie Z. Avatar

    So, so good, Nicki. You captured the vaccination experience for so many of us. I remember FREAKING OUT at the thought of a shot. I would avoid going in to the doctor for even a mild cold in fear that it would end with me getting a shot.

    Have I said before that I think Chrissy and I have a kinship? She seems to have reacted to things so much like I did.

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Haha! Yes, when I trying to figure out which ending of two to go with, I was thinking “Which one is more ‘brat-ass’?”

      1. Angie Z. Avatar

        Perfect! I hope that you’ll let that question guide you, not only in your blog, but throughout life.

  38. beckysaysthings Avatar

    This makes me SO happy. Your pictures are just amazing.

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      Thank you! I’m glad you like it!

  39. Charlotte Belanger III Avatar
    Charlotte Belanger III

    Yessssss, ahahahahaha, me and Jakob read this and at the end we were both bustin up laughing, gotta love the request for a lollipop at the end.

    1. Emily Avatar

      Did Chrissy get her lollipop?

    2. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      I love the thought of Jakob reading these with you :D

  40. russelllindsey Avatar

    Reblogged this on Ramblings of a Misguided Blonde and commented:
    This was definitely me as a child.

  41. Pete Howorth Avatar
    Pete Howorth

    Haha I used to be the exact same, although my doctor was a bit more vigilante with me, “Stop being a wuss” *BAM*

    1. Emily Avatar

      Really? *BAM?* I hope not literally, because that could traumatize a child, not to mention leaving bruises.

      1. Pete Howorth Avatar
        Pete Howorth

        I’m afraid so *BAM*

        I turned out alright though.


        1. Emily Avatar

          You mean, he just SAID “bam,” or he actually injected you that hard?

          1. Pete Howorth Avatar
            Pete Howorth

            It was a she, she injected me that hard lol! It would have been awesome if she gave me a “BAM” along with it.

            1. Emily Avatar

              Nicki, don’t leave us hanging–did Chrissy get her lollipop?

  42. mskatykins Avatar

    Nicole, this is fabulous! Made me laugh out loud and I just love the attention to detail – I hope that Chrissy got her lollipop! :)

  43. pegoleg Avatar

    Now, c’mon. Are going to say that Chrissy was the only one to freak out at shots? Did you just sit there like a little angel?
    This was great! Only problem is the speech bubbles covered that chart of the human body – I’d really like to see your interpretation of the spleen.

  44. barbdsykes Avatar

    Too cute!! Love it

  45. publikworks Avatar

    I still have that reaction. Oustanding post!

  46. bloggeretterized Avatar

    Chrissy rocks!!!! Cheers to the middlest sister!!! ;)

  47. krazyreader Avatar

    I did that the first time i got a shot and i was crying hysterically only it actually hurt!

  48. Emily Avatar

    Okay, Nicki, I think everyone still wants to know whether or not Chrissy got her lollipop.

    1. Nicole Smeltzer Avatar

      If there’s one thing you should know about Chrissy, it’s that she always gets her lollipop.

  49. careabouteducation Avatar

    Reblogged this on careabouteducation and commented:
    Nice share. :)

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