So, the house is a mess. The kids are hungry again (didn’t I just make them a meal?!). I missed fifteen phone calls and haven’t bothered to return several messages. I’m not focusing on whatever task I need to do during the day. Instead of trying to catch up on those and some much-needed rest I stayed up too late watching chick flick reruns late into the night. Where does that leave me? Well, hubby’s been away all week so I’ve got a mad scramble to clean up, catch up on whatever he and I need to go over (those dang bills, sync our calendars, make some decisions about upcoming events) and then enjoy the little reunion our family will have this weekend.
In avoiding everything I should have done this past week I’ve become scatterbrained. I wish I had paid more attention more to my list of To Dos because it went to pot very quickly. I’m temporarily burned out today and sort of don’t care. No worries. I’m the type of person that can’t stay down too long. I’ll try, try again come next week with the promise to get done what has to be done.
In lieu of my usual upbeat or reflective post I’d like to exit stage left for a few. While I take a much-needed break to reorganize my life, here’s an intro to Alison MacNeil’s post from The Thinking Moms’ Revolution blog . She says pretty much what I’ve been thinking about and brainstorming for weeks now as a possible future piece here on AofA. I was trying to think about something epic for Autism “Awareness” month. It would have to be really, really good, well-thought out, perfect, and of course epic. Yep, Alison’s got it all right there.
And, now I will remove myself from the computer for a few days so I can step away from my distractions, to recoup mentally, to slowly breathe in and out without panic so I can be ready to jump right back into life next week.
While Rome Burns
“Hello, this is Emergency, how may I help you?”
(Mom, breathless, anxious) “My child has stopped speaking. He could talk two weeks ago but now he can’t. He doesn’t notice if I walk in the room anymore. He’s screaming constantly and I can’t seem to console him. He has constant diarrhea. He keeps arching his head back. I can’t figure out what’s going on. Something happened to my child.”
“When did this start?”
“About two weeks ago right after his 15 month shots.”
“What does your pediatrician say?”
“He says not to worry about it.”
This is a vaccine injury and it is not treated like an emergency. Why do pediatricians respond to a child’s regression into Autism with such complacency? Why aren’t pediatricians panicked by the number of times this happens in their practice? Why aren’t they asking themselves how come every year they are seeing more and more children falling apart physically and developmentally between their 1st and 2nd birthdays?
One case of Measles on an airplane was a crisis. We later discovered the person was fine. Lettuce tainted with Salmonella is such an emergency that they can trace down the source of the outbreak within three days. But a child diagnosed with Autism every 20 seconds is not considered a crisis. Hell, I’ve seen more of a sense of urgency when they hit “three bells” for the check-out lines at Trader Joe’s Supermarket!
My daughter was born in 2000. She is typically developing and in the 5th grade. Her teacher told me this fall that her grade contains the largest number of learning issues they have ever seen in one year at her school. Her school nurse recently told me that about 12 years ago she used to have one or two student’s Epi-Pens in her office each year. Now she has over 40 per school year. I don’t think the average parent of a child with a life-threatening peanut allergy, or a Ritalin prescription connects the dots to environmental injury. One out of every 6 children has a learning issue in America today and 1 out of every 5 children takes a medication for chronic illness. But this is not considered a crisis?
This is surreal for me. As surreal as adults walking by a burning house with children inside. No one is stopping to help. And the adults are Firemen. We are in the middle of a crisis in children’s health, but no one is worried. The house has always been on fire. Everyday a certain number of children die in house fires. We don’t know why, it’s a mystery. There is no research that proves that dying in a house fire would be painful.
It is beyond comprehension that anyone could look at this situation and not be terribly worried about children’s health. But as a nation we are not. Michelle Obama is worried about obesity even though her husband continually appoints former Monsanto (makers of High Fructose Corn Syrup) folks to positions of power within the food safety ranks. Her husband is worried about everything except Autism and how to get re-elected. Rick Santorum is worried about gay marriage and Dan Savage, and Mitt Romney is worried about how to make that sadistic dog on top of the car thing go away. It seems like the only people truly worried about children’s health are the ones with the least to lose at this point, those of us whose kids are already environmentally sick with Autism.
As a mother of a vaccine-injured child when I talk to parents about taking great care with vaccination urging them to read and research and really consider the choices they make, I take for granted that they may not listen to me. Like a gift, you have to let go of advice the minute you give it. You have no control over how the gift is received or whether the advice is appreciated. Sometimes, parents will come back to me and tell me they wish they had listened.
I would never say, “I told you so” to a parent; however, I feel differently about my conversations with medical providers. I’ve talked with many of Nick’s doctors about my concerns involving vaccine and antibiotic safety. I’ve also talked with lots of friends who are doctors and scientists. With the exception of a rare few, their usual reaction is polite disdain.
Medical providers of small children have tremendous power and responsibility in the Autism/vaccine debate. They do have the time to critically analyze the studies on this subject for flawed design, author bias, and affiliation of practice, pharmaceutical ties and relationship to the vaccine industry. Autism mothers find time to do this and we are the busiest people on earth. Pediatricians must demand better leadership from their professional organizations in the area of vaccination safety practices and get help standing up to pharmaceutical interests that infiltrate the way they practice medicine.
When the Autism/Vaccine shit hits the fan, which is inevitable, I will shout, “I told you so” to every one of these arrogant S.O.B’s. because it has been on their watch that more children have been harmed. Whether through their denial, passivity or stubborn adherence to medical orthodoxy, they have ignored innumerable attempts to raise their awareness of the risks of the current vaccine schedule. They will have more blood on their hands if they do not acknowledge this crisis in children’s health now and make adjustments to the way they practice. How will they justify their actions ten years from now? “We just didn’t know” might have been acceptable in the early ‘90’s. In 2012 we know. How will they live with the shame? Will they be able to forgive themselves for the damage they are inflicting today?
If they haven’t heard us, it’s because they are choosing not to listen. Our voices and our stories are everywhere. Read the full post at Thinking Moms Revolution HERE.