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hello!<br><br>
we've just found out that our son (19 months) has an inguinal hernia (intestines decending into scrotum) and have been refered to a surgeon. doctor said that surgery is their only treatment to avoid a possible strangulated intestine - and it seems to be getting worse every week so we want to do something..<br><br>
now, if anyone has ANY suggestions on a non surgical treatment i would be SO grateful. we're off to see our chinese herbalist to ask him about herbs and acupuncture to strengthen the abdominal wall, and really tight pants (yikes) has been mentioned<br><br>
BUT, if he has to undergo surgery.. is it going to be a battle not wanting him vaccinated? so far the doctors we've met haven't made much of it (they're no doubt used to un-vaccinated children in the neighbourhood we live in) but i'm not well versed in the world of hospitals and surgery - though i'll be learning quickly.<br><br>
does anyone have experience with this?<br><br>
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we have this same surgery scheduled for our son in October.<br><br>
I have told his surgeon that his vaxes are delayed. No one made anything of it.<br><br>
I had a conversation with Hilary about it and she thought they might make a case for hep b. or tetanus.<br><br>
I plan on passing on those vaxes for him.<br><br>
I did call my friend about her daughter who had heart surgery when she was five and was non vaxed.<br><br>
she said no one even brought it up.<br><br>
hmmmm
 

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thanks for your reply, that's a bit reassuring to hear.<br><br>
i'm sorry your son has to undergo the surgery as well - it's heartbreaking to imagine our little ones 'under the knife'.<br><br>
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My son had surgrey for thyroglossal duct cyst when he was 18 months. We were hassled by the hospital ped who checked up on him after the surgery. She was appalled that we didn't have him vaxed and tried to talk me into it. She didn't think my other childrens reactions were significant. She tried to tell me they were normal. I told her that just because something happens to a lot of kids doesn't make it ok with me. "normal" and acceptable are 2 entirely different things. The student doctor who was there just listened but didn't say much.<br><br>
I had not even thought that they might try to argue with me about it. I wish I had been more prepared. Unfortunately for me, I can make my mind up about something but I can't remember any of the reasons why! I can't remember a statistic to save my life. I wish I had a better memory.<br>
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yep i'm the same - i read everything i can to make an informed decision, sum it down to one sentence, & promptly forget most of the details why i chose that path.<br><br>
i suppose it would be good regardless for me to form a few cogent arguements before entering the hospital/doctor system. i would hate to be in the flurry of 'urgent' administration with nothing but an emotional reaction (mama bear style)<br><br>
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Just wanted to add that, it might be a good idea to check into the legal issue--do you need some type of exemption form for vax where you live? -- and then make sure all your paper work is in order, bringing copies of any exemption forms or religious waivers or whatever with you. Have a few copies on hand to pass out to whoever might question the vax issue.<br><br>
My dd had surgery as a baby and I caved to the pressure to vax. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/banghead.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="banghead"> Have your "stand" clear in your mind, just in case. Hopefully, no one will question you. If they do, don't let them scare you into anything. I wish I hadn't.<br><br>
Best wishes.
 

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thank you,<br><br>
our appointment to talk with a surgeon is in three weeks. in the meantime our tcm herbalist/acupuncturist believes that most pediatric inguinal hernias can be fixed without surgery, which would be very nice. we'll see if there are any improvements with the alternative treatment.<br><br>
it's so easy to be bullied into something you don't want when you're worried and vulnerable - thanks for the heads up!
 

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I'm in Alberta & when I had to take ds to the hospital, they ask & raise their eyebrows when I said, "no, his vacs aren't current". They also made a little "note of it" on his chart, but I really didn't care. I'm not sure about BC, but I'm pretty sure it wouldn't be an issue.<br>
By the way, I'm glad to see you may have other options. I hope something works!
 
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