"The injection site was a thousand times more intense than regular shots. I felt like a full grown male punched me in the arm. It throbbed, it tingled or buzzed all the way down my arm and up into my neck. The other odd sensation was the outer rim of my ears felt like they were on fire."
That is the report of an adult after the first dose of the Covid vaccine. I'm not writing this post to question the decision of an adult to be vaccinated, and I know that this person is aware of vaccine injury, and deliberated before making a personal, informed choice. Is it the choice you or I might have made? That's one question. Can you afford to be sidelined for a day, a week, a month or worse?
The bigger questions speaks to the huge responsibility too many of us bear for every aspect of our children's lives. Is it the choice you or I would make for our own children with autism, whether minor or over the age of 18? After reading the above description of an actual reaction, my first thought was, "Holy cow, my daughters would be trapped in this an unable to tell me!" Can your child tell you if his or her throat is closing up in anaphylaxis? Can your child tell you if he is in severe distress? The kind that requires immediate medical care?
Many years ago, my youngest daughter choked on a round ravioli. We did not know until she was turning blue at the table. She did not call for us in any way. She did not come to us. She did not slam the table to get our attention. She did not appear to be in distress at all - until the Heimlich was needed and used to no avail. We had to call 911. If you read my memoir a hundred years ago, this is the same child that I put to bed with a broken arm, because she was not screaming in pain. When she arrived at the hospital, the doctors were AGHAST that she was quiet and not writhing and howling. Such is autism. So if our kids have a reaction to a Covid vaccine, it's unlikely we will have any idea at all. Or that whatever behavior changes we see, because pain masquerades as behavior, even if WE know they are different, will be written off by medical professionals as, "just autism." Of course, one can argue the same thing about COVID symptoms - if they worsen to a critical point and we are unaware. Here's a list of symptoms. The ones in red are physically, externally visible.
Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
Muscle or body aches
New loss of taste or smell
Congestion or runny nose
Nausea or vomiting
Look for emergency warning signs for COVID-19. If someone is showing any of these signs, seek emergency medical care immediately:
Persistent pain or pressure in the chest
Inability to wake or stay awake
Bluish lips or face
We can measure a fever. We keep tabs on bathroom habits. Or at least we would be aware that they have it and stay extra vigilant - if that's possible beyond how we already live. We face stresses and worries no matter what.