We got the big packet of enrollment materials from URochester this week — health form, housing form, dining plan info, etc. M also has a big stack of paperwork to complete related to his summer camp job. Our goal for this weekend was to deal with the medical forms, so that anything which requires a doctor’s signature can be signed at his physical on Tuesday.
So today I handed him the camp medical form and his immunization record, and told him to fill out everything on the form except for parental signature and the physician’s section.
“If I got the tetanus shot, where’s that?” he asked, looking at the immunization record.
“It’s the T in Tdap and DTP and DTaP,” I replied. He copied down 6 dates.
“How about diphtheria?”
“That’s the D.”
“That’s the P.”
“That’s listed as varicella.”
“That’s MMR. It also includes mumps and rubella,” I added, before he could ask about 2 more diseases.
He forged on to the health history section. Fortunately, he remembered my previous guidance about this — if you don’t recognize the name of an ailment, you’ve probably never had it — and was able to whiz through it with no input.
I’m not sure he’ll remember long-term how all the abbreviations match up to names for the immunizations, but at least now he knows not to expect a 1:1 clear spelled-out match between what a form asks for, and what his records say!