Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Stomping my foot.

I haven't ranted and raved on here in a long time. I think I prefer to keep it more as a diary - less essays - more of a place to sit and reflect on how lucky I am in life.

This probably won't be very ranty at all, really. Well, maybe.

Anyway, since becoming a mother, I've really noticed the difference between parents and non-parents. Prior to the start of my motherhood, I hated it when people made statements like that. I always thought that we're not that different. But until you've held your absolute favourite thing in the world in your arms, you really don't understand. You thought you had a favourite thing before? You didn't.

A childless friend of mine made a comment recently about how she wouldn't immunise her future kids, should she have any.

I went off. For starters, she hadn't researched either option AT ALL. She said the risks of being immunised far outweighed the risks of not being immunised. Whatwhat?! And then came the clincher: it can make your kid autistic. Or asthmatic, allergic, dead. But the autism thing really got my goat. That has been disproven and everyone who knows even a smidge about this theory knows that.

Aside from that, how the hell is it fair if a six week old baby dies from whooping cough after coming in contact with an unimmunised child?! See? This isn't just about your kid - it's about others too.

Okay - that was a bit of a rant.

1 comment:

  1. I totally agree. There was an episode of House where he had a go at non-immunising parents of a sick baby... I've dug it up, I love this:

    Mother: "We’re not vaccinating."

    House: "Think they don’t work?"

    Mother: "I think some multinational pharmaceutical company wants me to think they work. Pad their bottom line."

    House (looking at the baby's frog toy): "All natural, no dyes. That’s a good business: all-natural children’s toys. Those toy companies, they don’t arbitrarily mark up their frogs. They don’t lie about how much they spend in research and development. The worst a toy company can be accused of is making a really boring frog.

    You know another really good business? Teeny tiny baby coffins. You can get them in frog green or fire engine red. Really. The antibodies in yummy mummy only protect the kid for 6 months, which is why these companies think they can gouge you. They think that you’ll spend whatever they ask to keep your kid alive. Want to change things? Prove them wrong. A few hundred parents like you decide they’d rather let their kid die then cough up 40 bucks for a vaccination, believe me, prices will drop REALLY fast."

    Mother (scared): "Tell me what she has."

    House: "A cold."

    Not completely related to what your friend was saying about what immunising may cause, but still an awesome moment.

    My kids will be immunised. And if they supposedly die or develop a condition that may have been caused by immunisation, I can still tell myself that I acted according to their best interests.