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One of my dear friends is finishing her hospital stay with her DD. Her DD was born 3 months ago a perfectly healthy term baby. She was given the Vit K shot at birth and very shortly became incredibly ill.<br><br>
It was determined that she had osteomyelitis due to the Vit K shot she was given at birth. It has been surmised that the needle length was innappropriate and it nicked her bone introducing the infection. She has spent 3 months in the hospital and has had multiple surgeries to debride the bone and surrounding tissues.<br><br>
Her DD is due to be discharged sometime this week. The Doctors are insisting that she be given the Hep B shot and all of her 2 month shots DTAP, IPOL, HIB, and Prevnar before being released from the hospital. My friend is VERY nervous about giving her DD any more vaccinations after the VIT K experience. However, the physicians are giving her a very hard time and she is having a difficult time standing up to them.<br><br>
Any ideas or help for her to counter them? She says that they have told her it is even more important for her DD to have the vaccines due to her weakened state.
 

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I was in the room when she told the infectious disease doctor that she would consult with her pediatrician. He acted as if her DD was going to die if she walked out the door without the vaccines. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">:
 

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Maybe she just needs to be firm then. A simple no thank you, not right now, it's not up for discussion.<br><br>
-Angela
 

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If that were my child THAT HOSPITAL WOULD BE SUED, for their error and for the pain and suffering of my child. Additionally you would think the those Physicians and the Hospital its self would be walking on egg shells in fear of a legal action. I can't believe (figure of speech) that after all of that they are trying to bully mom into more potential hurtful stuff.<br>
Mom needs to get a backbone, why are so many people so intimidated by Dr's they are NOT GOD, THEY ONLY HAVE AS MUCH POWER AS WE ALLOW THEM TO HAVE. Mom needs to tell them to "back off or else". I'd be calling an attorney.<br>
JUST WHO DO DR'S THINK THEY ARE. THE HUNGER FOR POWER AND CONTROL THEY OFTEN SEEM TO HAVE HORRIFIES ME! Everytime I come to this board my mistrust, hate and anger towards Dr's is always only confrimed.<br>
(Granted there are a few "very few" exceptions).<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/irked.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="irked">:
 

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I agree with everything everyone else has said. She just needs to stick to her guns and tell them no. I dont blame her one bit for not wanting anymore needles in her child but like someone mentioned, she needs to get a backbone and stand up for her rights as a parent and for her dd's health.
 

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Perhaps she could bring along a friend who is really tough, for example an ex-marine, or anyone else who can be intimidating, to stand next to her as she says her piece and just glare at the doctor. It can be hard to say no to authority. It takes practice and a difficult situation like this might not be the easiest moment to "get a backbone."<br><br>
The hospital/doctors are really in no position to throw their weight around after they caused serious injury and months of illness due to their criminal ineptitude!
 

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Or perhaps someone dressed up to say they are a fancy attorney -- representing her should she be pushed further on the vaccine issue. I DO so understand the feeling of helplessness in the face of an authority figure -- but tell her to envision her child having another vaccine reaction and let that fear become her backbone! Heck -- it is for the safety of her newborn child!
 
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