?

Log in

No account? Create an account

Previous Entry | Next Entry

Little T's second immunization

One of the "problems" with having a smart child is they anticipate. He was fine going to the doctor's office and sat happily watching the "Lion King." Then the nurse called his name. He walked up to her and said "no" very firmly. I must admit it made me proud. We sat in the little room and Little T struggled vainly to prevent us from removing his arm from his sleeve.
He didn't struggle much after that. He has had so many medical procedures he knows that struggling after a certain point is useless and painful. He just let out a short cry when the shot was injected. That was it. The nurse offered him a lollipop. He sucked on it quietly.

I'm waiting for his body's reaction. I hope it's better than last time. I guess I'd be happy with the same a very very mild fever. But then I have to make a decision. Whether to give him the Pediarix next week. His first two shots were little single baby shots - HIB and PCV. Pediatrix is also for babies but it's five shots in one. Mild fever fine. Actual fever means a doctor's visit because he's taking aspirin. Watching and watching for Reye Syndrome. There's an outbreak of pertussis here and I must weigh the risk of pertussis versus Reye. And how my son would frankly prefer as few shots as possible so he will not thank me for giving him five separate shots.

I've already been to the hospital twice with my son not being able to breathe from disease. Really don't want to visit that nightmare again if he catches pertussis. But then I read about Reye Syndrome. Oh god. I remind myself that PCV is a bacterial shot and Reye Syndrome is associated with viral infections. Take a deep breath.

I feel angry that people here are so ignorant about shots that they don't vaccinate their children properly and so I must worry about diseases that send people to the hospital that we have vaccines for. People still regularly post on my local SNK list that kids shots still have mercury aka thimerasol in them from outdated websites. No they don't anymore. I can believe there's a link between mercury and autism. A genetic predisposition in certain individuals who can't process the toxins in our environment. I can believe even that there's a reaction between the MMR vaccine and certain types of autism.

But I also agree with my dad that immunizations are the best thing Western medicine has ever come up with. A poke in the arm and your own body will defend itself against life-threatening diseases. A miracle. See my sister almost died from meningitis and a friend from college did die leaving behind a son about my son's age now. My son has just been vaccinated from both types. I worked for a man maimed by polio. Helen Keller was left deaf and blind from measles. Four shots in the arm would have saved them all.

Comments

( 5 notes — Leave a note )
yes_justice
Apr. 27th, 2007 09:35 pm (UTC)
I also agree with my dad that immunizations are the best thing Western medicine has ever come up with. A poke in the arm and your own body will defend itself against life-threatening diseases. A miracle. See my sister almost died from meningitis and my son has just been vaccinated from the types they have shots for. I have worked for a man maimed by polio. Helen Keller was left deaf and blind from measles. Three shots in the arm would have saved them all.

A very good point. If only we could do this worldwide.
waterowl
Apr. 27th, 2007 09:42 pm (UTC)
Yeah that would be absolutely amazing. I think visiting third world countries and seeing kids so sick from what is considered mundane here has really influences my perspective.

I'm fully aware that Little T would not have survived had he born in the land of my mother's birth -- Burma.
yes_justice
Apr. 27th, 2007 09:48 pm (UTC)
That's sobering.
cubes
Apr. 28th, 2007 03:56 am (UTC)
My father survived polio as a young adult (he was one of the VERY lucky ones, and had access to excellent medical care). This was years before I was born, but we never did much in the way of sports or outdoor activities as a family because he was left with a bad leg and walks with a severe limp. Even tossing a ball or frisbee around in the yard was difficult. He deals with that and the other after-effects to this day.

I have a friend who was left deaf from childhood measles, before the vaccine was widely available.

People even a few years younger than I are so far removed from the horrors of those epidemics that it's probably easy to justify not exposing their own child to the risks of certain vaccines, however minor. If only they would realize that their children are protected from those horrors only as long everyone accepts those tiny risks and vaccinates their kids. The shots aren't just to protect the individual child, they're part of a social contract that protects us all.

Kudos to you for understanding and accepting those risks, even with Little T's aditional problems.
waterowl
May. 1st, 2007 05:23 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry about your father and friend.

I agree with you that folks are too removed. I hope the drive to vaccinate kids in third world countries will help.
( 5 notes — Leave a note )