Originally Posted by IdentityCrisisMama
I can't get a good read on this response and can't tell if this is more of a vent about religiously formed opinions getting a free pass from the general population or if this is directed specifically to me. Either way, I don't think any of those things above.
IdentityCrisisMama, it was not directed towards you, not at all.
It was that people who don't vax due to religious reasons get a "free pass." It irritates me. I actually had a guy at the school district, when we first started being harassed about not "fully" vaccinating our children told me, "Worse comes to worse, make up your own religion. They can't touch you then." I didn't want to do that, I thought it would be more than a little disingenuous.
You also said (I haven't mastered multiple quotes yet) :
I think the idea of "turning on a dime" is viewed so negatively in our culture. It sounds like the vaccine reaction that your family experienced caused you to go back through the research and that combined with your experience caused you to change your views. I wish we lived in a culture where that was not considered a bad thing.
I'm curious if the experience you had of changing your mind give you some special insight into similar perspective changing experiences that other families may have?
I think so. I had a lot of trust in the medical profession, I stilll do, but it's tempered with checking my data and thinking before just assuming "there's only one way to do things." I can't speak for other families, but I'm sure most families who have a vaccine injured child feel betrayed and lied to, as I was. My child was the one whose dates of her MMR and dates of her admission to the hospital were switched, and later blamed on "clerical error" and now it's written in stone, Our Ped knows my oldest is vaccine damaged, but we never brought a case or anything. I'm not the suing kind and at the time, we didn't know the Cerebellar Ataxia or what we know now was the encephalitic crying would have long term effects on our child.
Edited by MaggieLC - 12/20/13 at 8:49am