My son just had his four year vaccinations and I cancelled the appointment…two or three times I think. I just kept reading and reading about the controversial vaccinations and why to vaccinate or not. When my son was born, I had no idea what I was doing (I thought I did), I just went with the flow. I did what I was taught, literally. I have worked in public school systems and for non-profits that pass out vaccination schedules and promote the flu shot. I didn’t know any different. Then I started asking questions, reading and listening. Sad thing is, I haven’t gotten much help from the doctors or people I thought would help me. I’ve felt intimated and like I had to go along with what they said because they were “doctors” and who am I, just a mom?  Except, I’m also very, very educated and even if I weren’t…I’m a mom and my instincts count for a lot. I was told there was more mercury in the fish he eats then any immunization shot. Except eating fish and shooting mercury in your blood stream is differnt, right? Is there a reason for handing out the CDC information after the vaccinations? I think so. If we knew what the handouts said, we probably would take too much of their time, asking questions or we’d run away! It is confusing, I know. I’m right there with you.

I remember my mom telling me to not look at my children when they got their shots, so they wouldn’t blame me. I thought that was odd but as conflicted and messed up of a relationship that I have with my mom, I think I understand what she was saying. She loves me and to see me literally be pinned down and be poked, while I scream, kick and cry…it hurts. It hurts the child and it hurts the parent. I cried. I cried when I held my son down this week and elected to give him an alternative schedule of shots. I felt the doctor might not have agreed with me. I wasn’t sure if I was right or wrong. Do we ever really know? I tried to tell him why I was doing this to him as he hollered, “Mama, let me go! No! Why?” My heart broke but I think I did the right thing. I made sure he had no live viruses with all the other shots, in one day. They say it’s too much. I opted out of the chicken pox vaccines until he was older and made sure there was no mercury in any of the vaccines. I eleced out of the Hepititas A shot because it wasn’t even on my list of vaccinations to reserach, I was suprised with that one.

Easy for me to say and do, I haven’t had a child whose eyes have changed colored because of the vaccinations and behavior changed. I cry just thinking about it and writing this and I am so sorry and sad for all the moms that have had to go through this and experience this. You were just doing what you thought was right. I know in my heart, something is wrong with vaccinations or “something” because in all my short years of teaching, asthma, ADD/ADHD and Autism just continued to rise. Why? Hey, I’m no doctor or scientist or “know it all”, but it’s something. Luckily, my husband and I agree that limiting the toxins can only be a good thing. Even if “Green our Vaccines” campaign with Jenny McCarthy (which is today) isn’t exactly “green” it is doing something to be the wind of change, as Dr. Sears illudes to. Learn more about today’s rally with Jenny McCarthy and her story, if you haven’t caught her on Oprah or on CNN with Larry King! and what she has to say about vaccines. Visit the resource page for more great links and sources for information or visit Healthy Green Mom for a well researched and informative post on the issue. I really think things will change the more we demand it and that gives me hope.

 

I should note that we do vaccinate our children and believe in vaccinations being a good thing, we just limit the toxins and follow an alternative schedule whenever possible. I feel like we are all learning and for me I like to read, ask questions and hear others stories and this is just my story and feelings.

 

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