Myriam Chantilly was feeling both excited but a little anxious too. Today will be her first day back at work after a lengthy absence after Jacques' birth. She looked at herself in the mirror, adjusted her nurse's uniform and smiled. It will be alright. She was good at her work, and although it will take some time to adapt, she will get use to it again
At the clinic she received a warm welcome, both by Dr Fisher and his wife, who stood in for Myriam, during her absence.
Dr Fisher: Myriam, finally! Welcome, we missed you.
Isabel: Indeed, glad to have you back Myriam. And I think what Fisher wants to say is that it is very hard for him to work with his wife.
Myriam (giggling): You two make me blush, stop it. It is good to be back. I just hope I can remember how to do everything?
Dr Fisher: I'm sure you will do fine. I must, however, inform you that we have vaccinations scheduled for some of the little ones, and I will be very glad if you can handle that, as I have some reports to attend to.
Myriam: That sounds wonderful, I just love attending to the kids and that will really give my confidence a boost.
Isabel said her goodbyes and went off to attend to some business. Dr Fisher, looked at his appointments for the day and was relieved to see that no appointments from Mable Periwinkle, yet! In the meantime Myriam went into the clinic to prepare everything for the vaccinations. She could already see some mothers and children gathering outside.
Schroeder sat down at his desk to start writing his reports. He was really glad that Myriam was back. She was very good at being a nurse, and even though Isabel is a qualified nurse too, she should rather focus on the clinic's admin, which was by now way behind. On the other side of the clinic Myriam was having a look at the register of children that should be vaccinated. The long list surprised her, but all familiar names. It would be good to have a quick chat with everyone again.
A small crowd has by now gathered outside the clinic. Myriam couldn't help to feel sorry for some of the children, as their faces showed emotions of great concern. She called them together and quickly explained the procedure to them.
Myriam: Welcome everyone and thank you to the mother's for doing the responsible thing and bringing your children for their vaccinations. Fortunately, it is only one injection. You will feel a slight sting, but I have lollies for all the brave ones. So please don't be scared.
She ordered all the patients to form a line. Abigail Woodbrook was first in line, and Myriam could immediately tell that Abigail was not scared at all. This made things easier for Myriam too.
Myriam: Abigail, now just hold still. So who is your teacher at school?
Abigail: It is Mr Chiffon, he is such ... ouch ... a darling. He is a great teacher.
Myriam: Good girl and so brave. All done. Here have a lollipop.
Abigail: Thank you nurse Myriam.
Abigail and her mom, Bethanie stepped aside to give her best friend Frances Redwood a turn. Bethanie rubbed her daughter's arm, but it was clear that Abigail was in no pain. Bethanie thought that as always it was harder for the mother.
Soon Frances was done too and they left. The girls had to return to school and both Bethanie and Fliss to work. They were all glad it was over. Next up was Mark Maces, who put up a very brave face, but gave a high pitched scream when Myriam gave him the injection.
Soon the Trunk twins were helped too and only the Mcburrows twins were left. Mollie was a real sweetie and much like Abigail didn't blink an eye, but Myriam could sense that Muddy will be a tougher customer.
He has been making excuses from the minute they got there and was really trying to convince his mother that he really don't need this stupid vaccination.
Myriam: Muddy, listen you need to get this, otherwise you might get very very sick and then you'll end up in the hospital in The Big City, and believe me there you will get much more injections, than this tiny one.
While talking to Muddy, Myriam quickly performed the injection, but she has really underestimated Muddy's fear of needles.
The next moment he was laying on the ground passed out. His mother, Heidi almost went into a fit too.
Heidi: Muddy, muddy! Darling boy, do get up. Get up.
Schroeder rushed over to have a look at what is going on.
Muddy was immediately transferred to the bed in the clinic, where Dr Fisher inspected him carefully. It was established that all his vitals was fine and he quickly came to.
Muddy: What... what happened.
Heidi: Darling boy, thank goodness you are fine, you gave us a big scare.
Dr Fisher: You passed out, because of your fear of needles.
Muddy: Oh no, I did. I will be the laughing stock at school. Molly please don't tell them.
Heidi: Of course she will not.
Muddy: Molly you must promise.
Molly (giggling): I promise, I promise, but I guess you will not tease me with your bugs again.
Everyone had a good laugh and Myriam handed Muddy a lollipop too.
The rest of Myriam's first day went by without any further emergencies. That evening at home when the babies were in bed Myriam relayed her first day to Maurice. They had a good laugh about Muddy's reaction and Myriam confessed to Maurice that it was actually nice to have something to do again, other than being just at home and cleaning up a baby's mess the whole day.