2009 10/09

And so it begins

Hey, did you know that there is some sort of Health Care Crisis going on in our country? Ok, bad joke. Seriously though, I think we are in a crisis but I think you might be surprised to find out why I think it is a crisis.

First let me say that I think it is horrible that people in the United States are without health care. I think it is HORRIBLE that kids are without health care. But I’m not about to give up my rights as we look at a government controlled health care system.

My family and I tend to not follow traditional medicine. My girls don’t see a typical Pediatrician, except for the mandated school physical. No, we are some freaky hippie, live-in-the-trees kind of people. Although, I guess “freaky” is relative. I just don’t believe in randomly treating an illness in “hopes” that that is what they have or injecting more than 50 doses of something into my baby before she even enters preschool.

That being said, if my kid has a broken arm, yes I will get it casted. If they need medical attention, yes we will seek it. I’m simply looking out for the best interest of my child, despite what the pediatrician at Abbi’s birth or the government say.

While we were camping this past weekend Tim’s brother-in-law asked me, what would I do if Abbi’s preschool made the swine flu vaccine mandatory? Easy! I would pull her from the school. I would look for a school who did not mandate it or I would home school. The homeschooling option would be huge for me because I have no desire to homeschool my kids. But, if it is between homeschooling and shooting my kid up with a vaccine I don’t trust….let’s start cracking those books girls!

I didn’t really think much of the question though because, really, would a public school force a vaccine upon a kid? It’s not like it is a privately run school. This a public school. And, when I signed up my unvaccinated kid, they made no fuss and just handed me the waiver. Super. So no worries. Right? Right?

Not right. I’m getting more and more worried about my rights as a parent when it comes to health care. See, the biggest thing the government has going for it when it pushes government-controlled health care is fear. No parent wants to see their child get sick. Most working parents can’t afford for their kid to get sick as they would have to pull the child from school, find child care, or stay home from work on those sick days. More so, parents just don’t want to see their child hurting. It sucks. I hate seeing my girls get hurt or not feel well. And no parent wants to be told that some illness could take their baby away from them. Fear.

I’m scared, too, people. I’m scared that something might happen to my girls by not vaccinating them. But I’m also scared that some idiot will run a stop sign and smack into my van, injuring my girls. Does that keep me from loading them into the car to head to Target. No. Ok, the argument can be made that I take precautions (i.e. seat belts and car seats). I don’t see vaccines as a precaution though. It is 99.9% certain (as certain as anything in life can be) that, if I get into an auto accident and my girls are not buckled in, they will be injured. Not the case with vaccines. My daughter can get the flu without a vaccine (or even with a vaccine for that matter), puke a few times, and be fine 24 hours later. It’s happened.

Ok, that’s enough of my vaccine soapbox. I could go on and on. Honestly, though, I’m totally fine with you vaccinating your kid. I won’t look at you funny or pass any sort of judgement. That is your right as a parent. You are doing what you think is best for your child. I’m doing what I think is best for my child. Right or wrong, we’re doing what we can. What I really wanted to talk about in this rant was government. And how scary it is that government is slowly taking away our freedom to make those choices in the best interest of the masses.

It’s happening friends. The situation my brother-in-law posed to me while camping is happening. Not exactly in schools, but in general. “A new law just passed in Massachusetts imposes fines up to $1000 per day and up to a 30 day jail sentence for not obeying authorities during a public health emergency. So if you are instructed to take the swine flu vaccine in Massachusetts and you refuse, you could be facing fines that will bankrupt you and a prison sentence on top of that.” (via thebirdflupandemic.com). You can read that complete article, including a news clip interviewing Senator Richard Moore (Democrat from MA).

Fear. Scary. Getting the swine flu or, worse yet, my kids getting the swine flu – scary (again, I hate seeing them even the slightest big sick). Being forced by the government to inject myself, my girls, my husband, with chemicals that haven’t even had time yet to have the long term effects really tested; chemicals that we don’t even know if they will work on this strain; chemicals that may not even prevent you from getting sick; absolutely, beyond a shadow of a doubt, “scare me to the point of nightmares” scary. FEAR!

I’m scared. I’m scared for my kids. I’m scared for my rights as a parent.

Fear. Fear is a powerful thing. Fear makes you do things you might not normally do. Fear can make you vulnerable. Or fear can make you fight. Fear can make you educate yourself. Fear is powerful. Fear is making me write this.

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