By Kim Stagliano
Yesterday my oldest daughter had a high school doctor's office"well visit." I think the teen year visits are a bit of a waste. If there's something wrong, I'd schedule an appointment. However, I can play the "blue form" game as well as the next parent, so off we went. I'm happy to keep a good relationship with my pediatrician, who is very helpful in many areas. Huh? Did Kim just say she needs her pediatrician? Well, yes! She has ordered podiatric visits, blood work for PANDAS and many other tests, dermatology appointments and more for us. And she's the insurance gatekeeper. Plus, while I can keep my girls healthy vis a vis diet and environmental exposures - I can't tell if their hearts go flippy floppy or an organ becomes swollen.
So the visit proceeded: Vision test? Wouldn't look in the device. Blood pressure. Normal. Height and weight? Yes, she has both. Ears? Waxy. Nose? Snotty. Eyes? Gorgeous. Mouth? Clamped shut tighter than Scrooge's wallet on December 23rd.
Then we came to, it... "Vaccines?" asked the nurse practitioner. "No thank you," said I. And that was that. I left with a happy, healthy child and a signed form. No angst. No battle. No animosity.
I provided some quotes for an article by Kaiser earlier this week - I doubt they will run them. I wasn't strident or "anti-vaccine," I was, well, Kim. Just a parent trying to do her best for her kids, like all of us.
While we were waiting for the blue form, I noticed an announcement on the wall (see photo.) Our practice will not adminster a vaccine without a parent present. As you know, AB499 in California is pushing to remove parental consent for the HPV shot called Gardasil. We're hoping that doesn't happen. It will be a blessing for Merck, but honestly, do we want to remove parents from the healthcare equation? I sure don't. Please email CA Governor Jerry Brown with your opinion on AB499:
Kim Stagliano is Managing Editor of Age of Autism. Her book from Skyhorse Publishing, All I Can Handle I'm No Mother Teresa; A Life Raising Three Daughters with Autism is available now. Visit her website at Kim Stagliano.