Part 1. The all natural lifestyle I lead now, didn’t come over night. In fact it took about 3 years of researching and educating myself to come to the mindset that I have today. I feel 100% confident that the choices I make for myself, my family and on behalf of my kids are the best for us. I don’t make these choices to please other people. I’m not looking for the approval of my friends and family. If I did, I wouldn’t be where I am today. I am doing what I believe is best for my family. And no one can convince me otherwise. That being said I want to share my story of how I got here. And it all began with…vaccines 💉.
Believe me when I tell you this topic is extremely controversial. I found that out the hard way. And I want to start off by saying, I am not interested in debates. Nothing can change my mind. And if you disagree with me, that’s your right and I can respect that. I am all for a parent’s right to choose. Moving on!
I remember when I was about 6 months pregnant a friend had asked me if I was planning on vaccinating. Being that I was expecting for the first time, I hadn’t put much thought into it. I had assumed shots were safe, they were needed, everyone did it and that was that. I had never even thought to research vaccines.
Growing up, I had all the required vaccines. My last shots were before high school from what I can remember. It was the norm. My mom was very neutral, she did what the doctor recommended. It wasn’t until after high school that I had my first realization about a vaccine. The flu shot. An aunt of mine who is a former nurse, made a comment that there “are hundreds of strains of the flu. The flu shot covers maybe 3 or 4. It doesn’t make sense, it won’t protect you.” She is a very tell it like it is person. That was my first time ever thinking a shot was unnecessary.
Fast forward to being pregnant with my firstborn, time went on and I hadn’t given much thought to researching vaccines. I always intended to, but never got around to it. I was a little skeptical, but would then reassure myself that doctors know what’s best, if vaccines were so bad, I’d hear about it left and right. I loved my OB and trusted them completely. That was that.
April 1, 2015 my first baby boy was born. He was absolutely perfect in every way. I had a last minute c section with him, so once he was born, they took him and got him all cleaned up, vaccinated, wrapped up and handed to me. Newborns receive the vitamin K shot and the Hep B. (In my hospital.)
The next day, I was told my sweet baby was jaundice. His bilirubin was extremely high, they had to keep him away from me to put him under special lights. My heart was broken. I had no idea what being jaundice meant. I had never heard of this before. Where did it come from? I had no clue. The nurses would only tell me that it was very common. That didn’t make me feel better.
Even after we were discharged, we had to take him to the doctor everyday to get his bilirubin monitored. It took 4 days. We even had to take him to the hospital on Easter Sunday to get his blood test done. It was a very stressful few days.
Rome was vaccinated all the way up to 6 months. It wasn’t until his 9 month appointment, I went in for his wellness visit and I thank God every time I think of this day, Rome was sick, so our Dr. decided to wait to give him his shots until his next visit. He was scheduled to get his MMR (measles, mumps, rubella). My doctor sent me home with a VIS, a vaccine information statement. It is required by law that you are given this sheet, even though it is not nearly as informative as it should be. I went home and read the VIS and was horrified as I read the possible adverse reactions associated with the MMR vaccine. Reading that the MMR vaccine can cause measles ( how ironic), arthritis, anaphylaxis, encephalitis and death to name a few, blew my mind. Why was I never told this to my face? About this vaccine or vaccines my baby was given in the past? It doesn’t matter to me that these types of adverse reactions are rare. I was subjecting my perfect healthy baby to these risks every time he got vaccinated? And no one told me?!?!? I was heart broken. Absolutely devastated. And so my research began! And yes, it gets worse.
To be continued…