It has been in the high 90’s here (I’m not kidding) and I’m up trying to get Daniel back to sleep in his own bed because I can’t sleep well when he is in mine. In other words, forgive any misspellings and grammatical errors — it’s late here and I’ll try to clean them up tomorrow.
Vaccine Take #1. Instead of trying to write an entire post on vaccination/the ethics involved/why Andrew Wakefield should be shot for what he did, I think I’ll do one or+ two Quick Takes a week on some things that the anti-vaxxers are saying. So…
One of the flip-outs I hear frequently is that vaccines contain thimerosal and OMG thimerosal has mercury in it and it causes autism. Ummm… no. Most vaccines are thimerosal-free (the exception being the flu shot and there is even a version that is free of it) and even after it was shown NOT to cause autism, it was still taken out of infant vaccines in 1999. In the mean time, autism rates have continued to rise.
As for the OMG-it-contains-mercury argument, it’s not as simple as it sounds. The mercury present in it is ethyl mercury (C2H5Hg+) which passes out of your body in 18 days. Methyl mercury (CH3Hg+) is the freaky nasty form of mercury that is bioaccumulative in the human body (as in “never goes away”) and in the environment. You are in more danger of mercury poisoning from a piece of kappa maki (a tuna sushi roll) than you are from the MMR vaccine. #OrganicChemistryFTW
Vaccine Take #2. Since I announced that I was doing a post on vaccination, I’ve had a couple people send me links to sites talking about how Andrew Wakefield is *gasp* SOOOOOO MISUNDERSTOOOOOOOOOOOOOD and HOW HE IS EXPOSING THE EVIIIIIILLLLL PHARMACEUTICAL COMPANIIIIIIIIEEEEEESSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11111
Cry me a freaking river.
The man falsified results, paid children for blood samples at his kid’s birthday party, testified as an “expert” witness against MMR manufacturers (being paid handsomely by UK Legal Aid Fund in undeclared money), and filed a patent for his own version of the MMR vaccine prior to publishing his falsified study in The Lancet. Pardon me if I call out your testimony of his brilliance and wonderfulness as complete and utter B.S. #sorrynotsorry
Bridal shower present done! I finished the afghan for Jon’s cousin’s bridal shower on Wednesday. I’m incredibly grateful to my wonderful and awesome mother-in-law Victoria who helped me figure out how to weave in all the loose ends.
Vaccine Take #3. I was talking with some of the CathSo chicas about this and one of the other women mentioned that her daughters’ autism is likely genetic as there are other cases in the girls in the family. I’m perking my ears up at this not only because of the possible genetic link (Daniel’s is unquestionably at least partially a genetic thing) but mostly because about 80% of autism cases are found in boys. (I don’t think there is actually a girl in Daniel’s kindergarten class which is a special K-3 for kids on the spectrum.)
How does this relate to vaccines? Simple. I HAVE A KID WITH MODERATE AUTISM. DO PEOPLE REALLY THINK I’M STUPID ENOUGH NOT TO HAVE DONE THE RESEARCH ON THIS BEFORE VACCINATING HIM?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!? #firstworldproblems
I wish I was making this up… I saw this news story about a Florida teenager bitten on the face by the water moccasin he kept in a pillowcase on his bed when I was reading comments on the ViperKeeper page and I’m honestly wanting bang my head against a wall. Srsly?!?!?!?!?!? YOU KEEP A FREAKING POISONOUS SNAKE IN YOUR PILLOWCASE ON YOUR BED?!?!?!?!?!?!? There is a reason it’s illegal to keep one without a permit!!!!!!
Prayer request. Please keep my mom’s family in prayer. Her cousin John passed away last night. It’s not all that surprising (at least to me) and it was a blessed release but it is still very sad. The one and only time I met him was almost 9 years ago at my grandfather’s funeral. Most of his ashes will be sprinkled in the mountains though some of them will go to the pioneer cemetery in Oregon where my grandfather and his siblings are buried. (John’s mother was my grandfather’s older sister and she passed away over 10 years ago.)
For parents of kids with autism. My friend Krystin tagged me when she shared this on Facebook. It’s a wristband for kids with autism that has a place to put phone numbers so parents can be alerted if the kid is found alone. Daniel’s last ID bracelet has a faded place where his name and our phone numbers are so I ordered one of these for him.
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