6 teen weeks and counting

{October 11, 2011}   Go Figure

Mason seems to have to worst luck when it comes to staying healthy.  He seems to pick up every little cold and that used to turn into something frightening because he has horrible asthma.  His little cold would turn into a fight for air and sometimes result in hospitalization.  We seem to have a handle on it now since seeing a pulmonologist and finding a link between allergies and asthma.  That kid turned out to be allergic to nearly everything it seemed when he got tested.  In fact, his back swelled up so bad the doctor made him stay for 45 minutes to make sure he was okay.  So when Mason started to break out in little bumps recently, I didn’t think too much of it.

Mason's back after being tested for allergies.

During one of Mason's hospital stays for severe asthma. This was right before his 3rd birthday.

I thought it was hives, and it was turning out to be a bad case of them.  I couldn’t figure out what he was allergic to, and he kept breaking out with new ones everyday.  I kept on him to not scratch at them and slathered calamine lotion on him.  Then Mason and his brother went in to see their pediatrician because they were due to get their flu shots.  I asked the doctor to look at his hives and help me figure out what could be causing them.  She lifted up his shirt and said “those aren’t hives they’re chicken pox.”  I was taken aback.  How could that be?  He’s up to date on all of his vaccines.  He had the chicken pox vaccine when he was around one year old.  The pediatrician explained that it could happen, that even though a child’s been vaccinated, they can still get it.  And it’s still contagious.

I had a lot of people to inform that Mason had chicken pox.  Anyone whose child that came into contact with Mason, I made sure was informed one way or another.  I hated the conversation.  I usually made sure that I threw into the sentence, “I swear he’s been vaccinated.”  I felted judged, even though I’m sure it was mostly in my head.  I didn’t want to people to think I was that parent, you know, the one that doesn’t believe in vaccinating their kids.

This is a picture I found of chicken pox. This kid's outbreak is a little more severe than Mason's was.

I know it’s a delicate balance.  Yes, there is a chance that your child can suffer serious consequence, even death, as a result of a bad reaction to a vaccination.  But think of the higher chances that you child could suffer a bad reaction to one of these diseases, which, yes, includes even death.  When I was a child, there was no vaccination for the chicken pox.  It was thought that it was best to be exposed to it and then you built up your resistance that way.  But the reason for having a vaccine against now is because of the horrible reactions that kids could suffer from having a full-blown case the chicken pox.

We are seeing old diseases, that were once rare to circulate after vaccinations, starting to crop up again.  Measles and whooping-cough as I’m sure others are making a come-back.  I used to just roll my eyes at these parents but kept to myself.  But now, it’s personal.  Mason got a disease that he shouldn’t have because of some parent that chose not to vaccinate.  Mason exposed chicken pox to an infant that was too young to get the vaccine.  It’s a vicious cycle.


I think that you make a good point about how parents should vaccinate their kids. I’m really resistant (partially because I HATE needles), but I believe that things like flu shots and other vaccines seem really “Plastic” to me (note the pun), but knowing myself and everyone around me…. NOT everyone has my kind of immune system, many people will need vaccinations, and I have to understand that even though I don’t believe in it, I need to do it for my future kids… Thanks for opening my eyes to that fact.

pjbaby14 says:

I remember when I had the chicken pox when I was a baby and it was not a very fun experience to say the least but I got through it and to this day since I got the chicken pox shot I haven’t had since then.

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