I'm not sure where to start, so please bear with me if this is a bit scattered. Before our oldest ds was born, we'd already decided not to vax our kids. I have an insanely strong family history of autoimmune diseases -- every sibling and both parents have at least one AI disease, one sister and my dad have multiples. I myself was diagnosed with RA after my daughter was born but am thankfully able to keep it in check with a careful diet, herbs and acupuncture. My dd was diagnosed with pauciarticular juvenile RA at 2, but again we've been able to treat it quite successfully with supplements, acupressure and physical therapy. My older ds is somewhere on the autism spectrum -- PDD-nos right now -- and seems to be settling into just a comfortable quirkiness as he gets older; his speech patterns are evolving well, he's engaged and curious, outgoing and affectionate.
But now our younger ds is/has been having problems and I'm faced with some very tough decisions regarding vaxing. This past December, he had his first reactive lung incident. At the time, they classified it as bronchiolitis, gave him albuterol treatments and oral steroids and sent us home. A few days later the wheezing came back and he was admitted to the hospital for a couple of days. He was fine for a few months, but then in March had another wheezing attack which sent us back to the ER and another hospital stay. They didn't want to diagnose asthma at his age, so again it was bronchiolitis. Even on controlling meds along with rescue meds, he had yet another attack this past week with another hospital stay. They actually transferred us to the bigger children's hospital from the small one our doctor is on staff at because the small one doesn't have a ped-ICU. I honestly didn't realize how bad the situation was until I got in the front of the ambulance and the medics in back told the driver not to wait for the lights. (it was about 3am and I hadn't slept in 2 days) That's when I got scared. He is ultimately alright and on the mend, but at the follow-up appt with his ped (who is very supportive of our decisions) it was suggested that we seriously consider a couple of vaxes to help get us through the next few seasons, i.e., reduce the complications of anything we do catch.
Never in a million years did I think we'd even be considering it, but here we are. Do we get all of us a few of the respiratory-related vax's and hope that if any of us catch anything it's less severe? Or do we keep on as we are and add in additional supplements and hope for the best? I used to have 100% confidence in our decision. Now after seeing my littlest guy so sick and not being able to breathe and hooked up to the matrix at the hospital... not so much. I'm very concerned the vaxes would have lasting negative effects on ds1, dd and myself. But I'm scared for ds2 as each attack has been worse than the last and none of the natural remedies seem to have any effect on him.
Thanks for reading so much, just trying to work through our options. Any and all opinions welcome!
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