I don't think I mentioned this here, but a few weeks ago Dave gave Sammi a teeny bit of talapia in Costco. Three hours later she was covered in hives. We called the exchange for our ped, which rings to children's hospital, and they INSISTED she was allergic to her augmentin and not the fish and that she needed to be seen immediately at an urgent care.
It was high flu season around here and I knew it was the fish and not the antibiotic so I just refused to take her. The hives went away in about 3 hours.
I asked the ped about this at her 15 month well visit today and he agreed it was the fish and that it was insane to suggest we needed urgent care for that.
So we get to the part of the appointment where I have to decide what vaccines to get for her. I have had her on a selective/delayed* schedule because frankly I think the world has gone insane with this vaccination stuff. It's kind of like the fish problem, it seems that there is just NO common sense anymore.
I noticed that they have added even MORE vaccines to the list since she was born just a year ago.
Really? The forms from the CDC themselves say these diseases are known to prostitutes, IV drug users, health care workers and "men who have sex with men". REALLY?
My very moderate ped says to just carry on as we have been carrying and forget those. He said it's really a numbers game and that the kids chances of coming in contact with some of that stuff is minuscule at best.
But I have to wonder - why in the fuck are we insisting that every child in the US be vaccinated against some of this crap?
I just tell every doctor we see at this point to go ahead and mark our charts NON COMPLIANT.
Because I am getting cranky in my old age and I refuse to just go along with this nonsense.
Sigh. I am starting to understand why my grandpa spent so much time arguing with people. I just thought it was embarrassing them, but in all honesty, it's important.
It's important that more people start making THINKING decisions instead of just herd mentality. Just because they tell us that pink slime** is "probably okay" does not mean we should all be eating it! It used to be DOG FOOD for goodness sake.
*I am all for vaccinating kids against real and present threats. But chicken pox? Rotavirus? Hep B and now A? I also delay that nasty MMR as long as I can.
** I think this food thing is OUT OF CONTROL. I should not have to go find a farm somewhere and drive 900 miles to find food to feed my family. Everyone, EVERYONE deserves access to FOOD not CHEMICALS. I should be able to make my kids spaghetti with ground beef and know they can eat it. I should be able to eat a chocolate bar and not have it filled with chemicals instead of cocoa butter. I should not have to read every single word of every single label and have to sit there and google it to see if it is ANTIFREEZE or NOT! For the love of all that is holy, make food, sell food, and we will buy food. Period. I know it is possible, because even Oreos are 100 years old.