Dr. Pedi & I have had the To Vax or Not to Vax conversation before...and I thought we were together on this. Wait until Trevor turns two. Give his little brain more time to develop.
I thought I had a few months before I had to start diving head first into understanding the vaccine controversy!
I walked out with my shoulders sagging so low I'm suprized I'm not sporting rug burn! I hate that I'm not as educated about this issue as I'd like to be...but my brain is seriously saturated already. I hate feeling like the crazy-psycho mom. I hate being told that a seperated MMR doesn't exsist...when I KNOW it does! I just didn't know how to get my hands on it. I hate believing that I've found the *right* doctor...only to leave disenchanted. Again. I hate that being my child's advocate leaves me exhausted & battle worn.
But I suppose it was the kick in the bootay that I needed. I've been meaning to look up a vaccine friendly doctor in our area for awhile. In a demonstration of my passion I added the link to my favorites! I've even been emailing another epilepsy mommy (squeeze your little man for me!) to try & begin digesting this issue. And where our family would land on it.
And so yesterday I finally took the plunge and called her - our local vaccine friendly doctor.
My heart quickly moved from heavy to happy!
She was very gracious with my obvious brain exhaustion. I'm not sure if I ever did put two understandable sentences together! But here's a couple interesting things that I learned...
- A seperated MMR is available! In fact, it's the only way Dr. Vax Friendly administers them in her practice!
- There are only 17 vaccinations required by the public school system, as opposed to the 43 (or more) currently being given in the average pedi practice
- The MMR is currently on back-order. I've heard rumblings of this on my IS parents forum. It's not a long wait, though. She's expecting shipment by the end of July! And I'm certainly okay with waiting a few more weeks.
- The cost is reasonable. I'm pretty sure my insurance won't cover this expense...although I'm going to try anyway. Buuuut...the first visit which includes a complete profile is only $150! And each subsequent just $50...which includes the price of the shot!
I hung up the phone with a sigh of relief. I may never fully understand the whys/why nots of the vaccination issue...but at least I found someone willing to work within the boundaries of what I do understand!
This post is in no way an attempt to sway anyone's ideas about how they proceed with their children's vaccinations. This is simply words to my journey.
Seriously...take it with a grain of salt! Because I am in NO way an expert on this matter!