Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Non compliant

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.








9 comments:

  1. And that is why we have chosen for the time to not vaccinate. I don't trust the government to tell me what is best for MY children. They screw up so much of everything else--why would I trust them with the most precious possessions I have?

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  3. Amen to the food sister. Amen.

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  4. As usual I totally agree with your post. I just love that you speak your mind. I hate that we as parents have to feel guilty when we don't really want to get certain vaccinations for our kids. Why should a tiny, sweet little girl need a vaccine for a sickness that she will most likely not even come in contact with?Seems like that is the American way - the Government telling us what we should do all the time! I have always felt this way about the HPV vaccine for my daughters. How about just teach safe practices?

    I also agree with what you say about our food. When I was in Walmart last I bought some ground meet and wondered what exactly was in it. It says on the label nothing about any additives but I just don't know anymore. Sometimes you don't have the time or money to shop at Whole Foods or Trader Joes all the time. Good food should be available to all!
    Keep doing what you are doing! Love it.

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  5. As usual I totally agree with your post. I just love that you speak your mind. I hate that we as parents have to feel guilty when we don't really want to get certain vaccinations for our kids. Why should a tiny, sweet little girl need a vaccine for a sickness that she will most likely not even come in contact with?Seems like that is the American way - the Government telling us what we should do all the time! I have always felt this way about the HPV vaccine for my daughters. How about just teach safe practices?

    I also agree with what you say about our food. When I was in Walmart last I bought some ground meet and wondered what exactly was in it. It says on the label nothing about any additives but I just don't know anymore. Sometimes you don't have the time or money to shop at Whole Foods or Trader Joes all the time. Good food should be available to all!
    Keep doing what you are doing! Love it.

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  6. I agree with you on the food, too. Unfortunately it does cost a lot more.

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  8. I just bought organic ground beef for the first time last weekend. Just wondering what's next! We have a really good Co-Op here which is nice. That pink slime thing is a real eye-opener. I had no idea that ground beef contained anything other then GROUND BEEF. I am a crazy lady about fish. DH has fish allergies on his side so I gave the twins fish for the first time AT The PEDS Office. They were very sweet but I am sure they thought I was nuts.

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  9. Well said! I love your term 'herd mentality' because sadly so much of what we do in this country is like that and no one does their own research about these things - when we all should be doing our own research when it comes to our families and our health.

    I'm thankful that the hidden evils of the food industry are slowly being revealed because I believe it's finally making people think. We can't blindly trust these government agencies without putting our own thought and research into the things they're doing... We have to look out for ourselves because unfortunately they're usually just looking out for the money.

    ~ Jennifer

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