Yesterday Graham went in for his 2 month well baby check up. He weighs 12 pounds 3 ounces and is 23 1/2 inches long! When he was born his height and weight were pretty low on the charts, but he is now above average on both. I hope he slows down a bit with the growing though or my arms are going to fall off in a few months. Not to mention my poor back! Dr. Fennell said Graham looks great, has great back muscle strength and good head control. We decided to skip all the 2 month vaccines and he was fine with our decision.
Since I was Group B Strep positive I had to make sure I was not allergic to penicillin. So I tracked down my old medical records to make sure I had been given it and was okay to get it during labor (even though I ended up not getting it due to my super fast labor!). Out of curiosity I requested my doctor send a copy of all my records including my pediatric records. I knew I was really sick as a baby with asthma, but didn’t know many detail and mom/dad didn’t remember much. A couple weeks ago I got a big envelope in the mail and when I picked it up I thought to myself “I don’t remember buying a book online”. I start flipping through it and found it all very interesting, but didn’t think much else about it until I was reading a vaccine book last week. The book (which is not anti-vaccine) was discussing the autoimmune diseases associated with vaccines and a possible link between various vaccines and diseases. One section was on childhood asthma and discussed how the DTP vaccine when given to 2 month olds increased their chances of having asthma. So I got out my records the next day and looked at my vaccine records compared to when I got sick…. I received the MMR shot on 1/28/80 and within the next week I was sick (I had DTP at 2 months). It is hard to read all the notes, but the typical vaccine side effects are all there – fever, crying, etc. However I didn’t get better and starting having breathing/wheezing issues. My doctor was treating me with some drug for weeks and eventually I ended up in the hospital. My first of over 8 visits in the next year. After my DTP and Polio vaccine in April of that same year I was back in the hospital and made a trip there almost every month. I was on tons of drugs and had all kinds of breathing/asthma issues for just over a year. By the time Zach showed up in April of 1981 I was doing much better and never had to be admitted to the hospital again. Now, there is no proof and maybe I would have gotten sick without the shots. Maybe I would have gotten sick later or never… we will never know, but I honestly believe the vaccines made me that sick. After reading my records there was no way Graham was getting shots so early. Studies have shown that getting DTaP just 2 months later reduces the risk of childhood asthma by 50% and considering I had it Graham has a higher risk. I am sure you won’t all agree with me and that is fine. I understand the importance of vaccines, but I do think we have gone a little overboard in recent years. There are so many to give them at such a young age. I do question the impact it has on the immune system. I also do believe some children have a hard time getting the chemicals/toxins in the vaccine out of their bodies. I am planning to do a lot more research before his 4 month appointment. I need to weight the risks of the disease vs. the vaccine. I am still doing some research and we may start one or two at his 4 month visit. I am planning to wait on most until he is older though.
Here are a few picture I took on the drive to the doctor yesterday.
Pictures from earlier in the week.
I took at least 5 pictures and this was the best one of Casey… I’m just saying.
Here is one of our pet squirrel.