I just need to vent. . .
I'm already SO SICK of the flu vaccine hype and it is only early October. Every store has huge banners and door-sized advertisements for the flu shot. It is all over the radio and people are talking about getting their shot. It is like fingernails on a chalkboard for me. Just a few years ago, this wasn't the case, but somehow humans have changed so much in the last few years that we can't make it through winter without a shot. Grrr.
Without me realizing it, my sister took my mom, herself, and her kids to get the flu shot. I'm so ticked! My mom's doctor told her that the whole family needed the shot to protect my mom b/c she is in poor health (on oxygen 24/7.) This infuriates me! I was there taking care of my mom last year and I talked with her about the shot before every single doctor visit so she would feel comfortable with refusing - and she did and fared fine. The whole concept of putting your child (my niece and nephew) at risk to protect someone else makes me crazy! You don't put a healthy child at risk to protect a frail, elderly person - it doesn't make any sense to me at all - even if that person is your mom. Call me cold and heartless, by my child comes first.
If they would've talked to me first, I at least could've advised them to ask for a single-dose vial so there wouldn't be mercury. GRRRRRR.. . . And, my sister's kids are already probably vaccine damaged - TONS of health problems, life-threatening allergies, ADD, learning problems, etc. . . They are being slowly (or not so slowly) poisoned by the bleepity bleep medical system and "food" system.
I said, "Mom, come on, you know that shot is no good." She said, "But my doctor gave it to me himself. What could I do? How can I refuse it if he is giving it to me himself?" (Doctor/God complex. . . she has a bit of dementia and loves the attention from her doctors. And her heath is AWFUL and mostly as a result of those doctors.)
Three days later, 7-year-old niece is still complaining her arm hurts and is hard to move.
Okay, sorry for the rant. I feel ever-so-slightly better.
(This emoticon pretty much sums up how I feel. . . )