Friday, May 25, 2012
I have had JUST about enough. Went to the pediatrician today. Ended up seeing a different doctor even though we asked for an appointment with our previous pediatrician who knows us and our child, but instead we got another pediatrician who even grouchily admitted when he came in that it had been "one of those days" for him. So then the best thing ever happens... he decides to give me a 10 minute lecture on why I should vaccinate my child and why it is a horrible idea not to, etc., etc., ETC.
I am done. It is MY decision to not vaccinate MY child. If you want to vaccinate your child, then, by all means, GET ON WITH IT! I tried to stay polite with the man and end the conversation by saying, "It is just a personal decision. We just aren't comfortable with it," and yet, amazingly, somehow that didn't seem to work for him! If you have a different opinion- great! You are more than entitled to it, but please back off and allow me to have my opinion as well. Just because my opinion doesn't happen to be the "popular" one right now, it is still my opinion that I am just as entitled to. Years ago, it was the popular opinion that women shouldn't be able to vote- I am guessing that you are happy someone decided to stand up and say, "I disagree."
Here it is, point blank: your child, your choice to vaccinate. My child, my choice to vaccinate. Yes, I know the risks. However, to me, the risk of not knowing all the risks of vaccines (because no, I'm sorry we do NOT know everything about them) is greater. Oh, by the way, apparently deodorant and SUNSCREEN help cause breast cancer!! So the entirely safe, wonderful sunscreen we use to prevent SKIN cancer, is now contributing to BREAST cancer. See what I mean? We don't know everything. We can't know everything. I am just saying that the "unknowns" bother me more than the "knowns" at this point, okay? Now get off my back and let me make my own decision for the child I spent 9 months carrying and caring for in the whom and then a freaking hour pushing through my hips and out of my BIRTH CANAL!!!!!