*****WARNING, CRUNCHY MOMMA ALERT! PROCEED WITH EXTREME CAUTION!*****
I admit that I do things DIFFERENTLY than some people.
Yes, okay, fine. I admit it.
This does not make me an idiot.
In fact, I prefer to think the opposite. (Not the exact opposite, like "I'm no idiot, in fact, I'm a MENSA candidate, but more just the general opposite of "idiot" so like, um, "literate"? or perhaps, "Informed"? sure, that works, informed.)
So, after a lovely visit to the pediatrician for Oliver's two month check this morning,
let's just clear some things up.
1. It appears that I know more about vaccines than you do. Seriously. When I ask you a question about vax content/makings of, and you look at me blankly, it does not make me feel good. Heck, You got confused as to which brand name applies to which vaccine! Seriously.
2. I am INFORMED (see? not an idiot.) as a parent. I CHOOSE to vaccinate on a different schedule than you would like. Deal with it.
3. The fact that my baby was born at home and therefore has no shot record yet does not warrant a deep sigh from you. Sorry that makes more work for you.
4. Do not tell me, "If you don't vaccinate according to the AAP schedule, your insurance will drop you as a client." REALLY??? Hmm. I have YET to vacciate on the AAP schedule and haven't heard a word about this from them. I'm quite certain the insurance company did not call you up and say, "Could you let Morgan know that we're gonna drop her." Not exactly "official" if you know what I mean.
Hugs N Kisses!
So, all right, as previously admitted, I don't toe the "party" line when it comes to health care. I get that. I really, truly do. Fine, I'm crunchy. Fine, I'm an "earth mama." However, I am well aware of the extreme "scare tactics" used by the anti-vaccine and the pro-vaccine camps alike. I have made an INFORMED decision for my children. I do not buy into propaganda.
(and I will say, while I'm ranting, that unbiased vaccine information is EXTREMELY hard to come by. I highly, HIGHLY recommend The Vaccine Book by Robert Sears. It was written in 2007 and he continues to update his website with new OFFICIAL, UNBIASED information at http://www.thevaccinebook.com/, mmmkay, mini-rant over.)
But, it bugs me to no end when it is assumed by healthcare professionals that I am 1. a bad parent and/or 2. stupid. If people choose to vaccinate right on schedule, I don't bat an eye. It's their kid! Do what you feel is right. I educate my clients and ask them to make a decision based on facts. After that, I support their choice 100%.
So, why do nurses feel the need to make it QUITE clear that I'm doing my child a disservice by spacing out the amount of drugs his little body receives at one time??????? Why do you care? I'm not sending a child full of polio to kindergarten. I'm not sending my tentus-ridden baby to day care. Why does this bother them??
He weighs 12 pounds. I kind of think 1500 micrograms of aluminum is quite enough for one day. Thankyouverymuch.