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I'm taking my boys to their CHIP (ie, Medicaid) doctor for well-child visits this week.  It is really just to get a note signed for school; I guess the state requires that the schools have a note on file from their doctor.

 

They haven't been to this doctor before.  I am taking my boys to him based on:

1. I got his name from a local chiro's list that was compiled from the chiro's clients; chiro doesn't personally vouch for the doc, but a client of his said he was worthy of his list (so he's likely alternative-friendly).  

2. This doc was also on a list here on MDC forums that he was likely alternative-friendly.

3. Doc was listed as a provider through CHIP.  No other providers on the CHIP list met the 1. or 2. above.

4. He is a DO, and they tend to be more alternative.

 

So, I'm really not sure if he is going to give me a hassle about not vaccinating.  I vaxxed ds1 up to 9 months, but none since.  DS2 has never been vaxxed.

 

I read somewhere randomly recently that someone recommended NOT signing the office form that they give you (that states you know the harm in NOT vaccinating) and to give the doctor your exemption form.  I have filed the exemption form with both boys' schools with no problem at all.  I have one extra copy for each of them that I requested from the state, and I'm wondering if I should take it with me to their appointment.

 

Anyone have any input on my situation?

 

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It wouldn't hurt if you brought it with you just in case you have issues.  You can never be too prepared.  However, it sounds like this doctor may not give you a hard time anyway.

 

If you are presented with the form, I would just let the doctor know you are not comfortable with signing off on the form the way it is presented and then cross off the lines you disagree with.  Maybe they can attach your exemption to it and file it? I'm not sure if your exemption is philosophical or religious.  I just wouldn't feel comfortable giving a religious exemption form to my doctor unless it was absolutely necessary because to me, that's personal.

 

You're certainly ahead of the game with knowing what the form actually says before being presented with itsmile.gif


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Thank you for your reply.  It is a philosophical exemption.  It seems that if I have received an exemption from the state government that there would really not be a need to sign a waiver of any sort.  If he does ask me to sign, should I then just go straight for the waiver?  Or I could ask if I can take it home to look it over (not sure how much attention I can give to reading it with a 2yo and a 4yo, lol) to fax back to him later?

 

Maybe he'll be awesome and not give me any kind of a hard time.  I'm really curious to find out.  If he is good, I'll have another recommendation to add to my local 'tribe.' thumb.gif

 

 


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Well, personally if I was just going to get a paper signed for school ( I'm guessing it's some basic health physical exam ) I'd focus on that. I've never heard of giving a Dr your non medical vax exemption and I don't see how it would change anything if he wanted you to sign a bad mommy form. Exemption or not he can refuse you as a patient.

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Thanks, y'all.  I am so very happy to report that it didn't even come up at all!  After I gave the paperwork to the front desk before their visit, they asked if I had their shot records.  I told the nurse that we have an exemption on file with the state......and it never came up again!!!

 

He was a perfect fit otherwise for us, too.  He asked to check both boys' testicles, and didn't say a word about them being intact or try to retract them at all.  Not that he needed to, but it was nice to not have to worry about it.  Also, I nursed ds2 for about 2 minutes, and maybe he didn't notice I was nursing him (he was examining ds1 at the time), but he didn't say anything one way or another about it.  I suppose it would have been nice to have him commend me on it, but at least he didn't say I needed to stop or something.

 

The only bad thing that came from it is I found out that ds1 has blood lead level of 10, which is just over what is considered safe.  Now we have to deal with that, harumph.  I think it's from his school (Montessori-based out of an older house), because ds2's levels hardly registered - not even a 1.  Well, it's actually a good thing, so we know to take care of it.

 

Anyway, thanks for the input, mamas!


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Thanks, y'all.  I am so very happy to report that it didn't even come up at all!  After I gave the paperwork to the front desk before their visit, they asked if I had their shot records.  I told the nurse that we have an exemption on file with the state......and it never came up again!!!

 

You mean you didn't have to sign the Bad Parent Form? I'm so jealous!  Wonder if that doc makes housecalls to NJwinky.gif

 

Anyway, I'm so glad you had a great visit!


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