The last time I took Alex in for a physical was about 2 years ago. It was right around the time he turned 16. I held him tight while he got his shots...and then again when he had blood drawn. He was literally drenched in sweat from fear.
I was dreading the thought of mission shots...but our little boy is growing up - he got a shot, a TB test and had blood drawn. All without me even there.
Awesome. Those aren't Band-Aids - they're badges of honor.