Archive | February 6, 2015

Vaccines Don’t Cause Autism, But That’s Not The Point. Stop Being Ableist.

The Belle Jar

Here are some typical arguments put forward by parents who choose not to vaccinate their otherwise healthy child (by “healthy” I mean there are no medical reasons for the child to be exempted from vaccination).

For this example, I will pull quotes directly from a recent New York Times Article, Vaccine Critics Turn Defensive Over Measles:

‘“It’s the worst shot,” [Missy Foster, mother to an 18 month old daughter] said, with tears in her eyes. “Do you want to wake up one morning and the light is gone from her eyes with autism or something?”’


‘Kelly McMenimen, a Lagunitas parent, said she “meditated on it a lot” before deciding not to vaccinate her son Tobias, 8, against even “deadly or deforming diseases.” She said she did not want “so many toxins” entering the slender body of a bright-eyed boy who loves math and geography.’

You’ll notice a common theme in…

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Probably TMI to the max but for those who are folowing my cancer scare saga

Well, I survived the endoscopy and colonoscopy. They found 2 polyps and a strange place in my stomach that wasn’t an ulcer but also wasn’t normal and so they sent 3 things for biopsy. For once I didn’t have to have scar tissue removed which kind of surprised me. So I wait for those results.

I scheduled the liver scan today which just happens to fall on my little brother’s birthday Feb 26, always a fun day since I miss him terribly every year especially on that day.

I was glad I had two wonderful friends that waited for me while I was having the fun things done. I feel very loved by all the support I’ve received. If you have never prepared for or had a colonoscopy it can be 24 hours of hell. I was given 64 oz of stuff to drink called Go lytely, Go Lytely, my aunt fanny, the stuff is a lot of salt to make you purge which if I hadn’t had a raw spot in my stomach might have been tolerable but have you ever tried to eat something salty with a paper cut? Now imagine that in your stomach. I ended up vomiting most of it and having the purge at the other end and in pain like there was a dragon eating my stomach from the inside out. It got ugly very quickly and sleeping for any long period of time is not an option. At 6 am I had to drink magnesium citrate which is even more fun, at least it didn’t taste like old snot. And I had to drink 10 oz of apple juice with something called infant Mylicon. Apple juice acts on me just like the other things I had to drink. And then I got picked up for my ride to the Gastro center. Nothing like being scared you are going to have an accident on your best friend’s velour car seats.

I hit the bathroom the minute we got there and then came back to fill out the paperwork. The nurses indicated that I was definitely not the first one to arrive in that fashion.

I love my doctor but I did tell him how painful the night before had been and he said that was his partner’s brainstorm. I told him next time I’m not doing that at all. The anesthesiologist was great and I remember thinking, Oh he’s starting and that was pretty much it until I woke up in recovery. The best part was hitting the IHOP for pancakes after. I was starved. I usually can’t get more than 3 pancakes eaten, I had 5 and 4 strips of bacon and a large glass of milk. I think I was hungry… and I was still running to the rest room and continued all that day and the night. I stayed home from work yesterday.

A colonoscopy does have a pretty funny side effect. They fill you full of air so they can see better and what woke me up in recovery was a series of thunderous gas passages which reduced me to about 9 years old with the giggles. At least, it made the nurse laugh who congratulated me on the accomplishment. I just wish it would stop now before I end up airborne. I even have colour pictures!