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Friday, October 24, 2008

More Silly Things...

I want to share another silly thing that Celest said the other day.

She had sneaked into my vitamin cabinet (Tangent: AAAHHH! Does anyone know a safe and effective child lock for a cabinet besides the baby locks that you have to release with your hand to open? And that isn't a lock and key?). She found some old ear plugs that I had bought for when they were taking swimming lessons, which, of course, went unused. They were blue foam like circles that you form into the shape you need to plug your ear.

Anyway, I think Celest thought they were bubble gum and she had put one in her mouth. I saw her, freaked out, and told her to spit it out. Instead she did a cartoonish gulping face and sound when she hurriedly swallowed it. I picked up the other ear plugs and put them in the garbage after I'd admonished her that it isn't safe to eat ear plugs.

Later that weekend she went to my mom and said, "I want ear plugs please."

My mom told her, "No, you can't eat ear plugs!"

To which Celest replied, "Delicious!".

Hmm, now if only healthful foods were so desirable to her. Actually she's a pretty good fruit and veggie eater, but lately she's been wanting to eat inedible things. I don't know if that is considered pica or not, but it is driving me crazy!

This story also reminds me of something she said several years ago. She had a cold and had started to pick her nose because it was congested. I tried to teach her to blow her nose, but she couldn't quite get it. So, I would just have her wash her hands well every time I caught her picking her nose.

Then she decided to take it a step further: she would put her finger in her nose then in her mouth. I would tell her it was dirty and yucky and make her wash her hands. Then one day she stood in front of me, put her finger in her nose, then licked the finger, and declare, "Kid delicious, mom nutritious."

It was gross, but it was also so funny that I couldn't help but laugh. Evidently Kix isn't the only kid delicious, mom nutritious option out there...

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Parenting-genre Magazines and Their "Great" Advice

If I read one more vaccine safety article quoting Paul Offit M.D. I'm going to scream (or punch something, or vomit, or maybe all three!). Hmm, do you think he may be the slightest bit biased about vaccine safety and effectiveness? No? Hmm, well he is a co-patent holder and co-creator of the Rotavirus vaccine, which is (surprise) on the "mandatory" vaccine schedule.

Let me back up at this point and say that I am not "anti-vaccine". I am, however, "anti-mandatory-vaccination". There is so much mis-information about vaccines that it is depressing and angering.

A few of my biggest vaccine-BS issues are:

  • Vaccines no longer contain thimerosal. While it's true that some vaccines are thimerosal free, most have a reduced thimerosal content from what they previously had. It is called "trace amounts". However, each person's toxin filtering system is different. Some people can handle much more than others. Don't be fooled by people who say vaccines are "thimerosal-free". If you are concerned about the content of your child's (or your own)vaccine, ask to see the medicine insert that came with your vial. Also, most flu shots aren't thimerosal free. Rhogam, which is given to pregnant women who have Rh factor, often contains thimerosal.

  • Vaccines guarantee immunity. Nope, they don't. What medical procedure is 100% effective with no side effects? Pretty much none. So just because you are vaccinated doesn't mean you'll never get the disease. I have an adult friend with a healthy, "normal" immune system who is fully vaccinated, and she's had whooping cough twice.

  • You have to vaccinate your children to have them at public schools. In almost all U.S. states this is false. Despite living in a state that offers the option to decline vaccines due to religious, medical, or philosophical reasons, I've received two letters from schools in the past telling me that if I didn't get my daughters their booster shots by a certain date that they'd be unable to return to school. It was a form letter that was worded in a very officious and pushy tone. I don't understand how this is legal. I printed out and highlighted my state's statutes regarding immunization and sent it to school. No where on the form did it even hint that you could decline vaccinations and still send your child to public school. I wonder how many parents have given in and gotten boosters for kids because they thought that their child would be denied a free, public education without them?

  • Vaccines have all but irradicated horrible childhood diseases and the deaths caused by them. Hmm, I wonder if increased cleanliness, clean water sources, and advanced medicine have had any effect on the spread of disease? Nah, it's solely the wonder of vaccinations that have kept us disease free...

  • Gardasil! Ahhhh! This vaccine might be the one that pushed me over the edge. Let's look at a few facts here (that are conveniently left out of the "One Less" commercials): there are over 100 different strains of HPV! Human papillomavirus can cause both genital and non-genital warts. There are 13 strains that lead to cervical cancer, two of which are thought to cause about 70% of all cases of cervical cancer. Gardasil may grant immunity to four strains of HPV (the commercial uses the word "may", so that's why I included it and italicized it). Still, you need to get a pap smear every year to check for cervical cancer and other health issues. And, did you hear about the young girls and women who have developed Guillian-Barre Syndrome, paralysis, fatigue, fainting spells, and even some who have died from the Gardasil vaccine? Nah, I didn't think most people had. Did you hear about Merck lobbying to get Gardasil on the "mandatory" vaccine schedule for girls? Hmm, nothing seedy about this. Nope! Hurry, get your Gardasil now! You may get protection against four of over one hundred strains of a virus that may or may not cause one of the most curable cancers known to man!

Edited to add: Blogger decided to quit working while I was in the middle of this post and I hadn't copied it in a while, so a bit of my diatribe got cut off! Argh! In a nutshell, I was: pondering why exactly infants and toddlers need to be vaccinated against Hepatitis B, which is primarily spread via sexual activity and needle sharing; bitching about Amanda Peet's interview in Cookie magazine in which she sang the praises of Dr. Paul Offit and called parents who choose not to vaccinate their children "parasites" (she later sort of apologized, while emphasizing the importance of everyone getting vaccinated); how I'm not anti-vaccine, but I am pissed about information about vaccine's potential side effects not being given to parents; and I bitched about how schools in states that allow parents to decline vaccination aren't very supportive or forthcoming with parents when they send home letters saying your child will no longer be able to attend school unless they get vaccinated by a certain date.

Enough ranting for now!

Saturday, October 11, 2008

A Touch of Violence

My kids seem to be going through a patch (please let it only be a patch!) of violence. Generally, they tended to only hurt themselves, one another, or me. But lately they've been branching out to others, most specifically their teacher and teacher aides. :(

So far it has involved slapping, pinching, biting, and the occasional head butting. :( We are setting up a behavior plan to try to nip these things before they get worse or become habits (dang that muscle memory sometimes!)

I suppose we'll wait and see. Redirecting, restraining, and waiting out the storm are all that we seem to be able to do for now...