February 23, 2007

Injection Please!

The other day I taught the preschool kids about dysentery being one of the top killers of children in the world. We talked about how it is preventable through good hygiene and treatable with a simple sugar and salt solution for rehydration. We discussed how people in poor countries don't always have access to clean water or medicine so it's hard not to get sick and hard to recover once they are sick. I think it's important for our kids to understand that not everyone has the advantages we do, to pray for others, and to do what they can to help.

Later that day, T had to go for a six-year old booster shot for one of his immunizations. He hates shots so at the end of the preschool day I told him how fortunate he was to live in Japan and be able to get these shots so he wouldn't get sick. Tomomi left with him and R but a couple minutes later I heard R wailing from a block away. She was inconsolable and couldn't explain why she was crying. Later she told me that she thought she was going to get diarrhea and die if she didn't get the same shot T did.

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