A few months ago, we took the kids to the doctor. The doctor that seemed confused as to why we were taking them to see him when they weren't sick. The doctor that did a good job and gave me a lot of new information. Also, the doctor that gave me the WRONG information.
I asked him about getting Nae vaccinated against cervical cancer. Giving her the Guardasil vaccine. The SAME vaccine I was against when it first came out. The SAME vaccine that I thought about for MONTHS before taking Nae to the doctor. The SAME vaccine that I specifically asked him about. The same DAMN vaccine that he told me was "fine" to give to girls and that the only side effects were just like any type of vaccination. He gave me a prescription to get her vaccinated at a different clinic, I put it in my purse. It's still in my purse. I never took her to get it because it didn't feel right. I tried so many times to talk myself out of my hesitation and just do what the good doctor said would benefit my daughter. I never convinced myself it was a good thing to do and I am SO glad I followed my instincts on this one!
I was catching up on my blogs and came to rocket.queen's post about an article she read about Guardisil. I read it about three times. Each time my heartbeat got faster and my palms sweat with every sentence. I thanked my gut instinct for kicking in and talked to Dirty about the article. We won't be getting Nae vaccinated for cervical cancer right now. Maybe not ever.
The thoughts that are running through my head, right now, are not pretty thoughts. I have images of getting her vaccinated and then something horribly wrong happening. She becomes very ill, her whole life changes because I insisted she get this vaccination. Or worse, she dies because the research about death didn't make it to my doctor. I am relieved to tears that I kept her safe from this ONE thing. The one thing I'm "suppose" to do, I didn't do and I can never be thankful enough to my gut instinct. Nor can I ever be thankful enough to rocket.queen for posting about this article. I can't be thankful enough to Dr. Diane Harper for speaking out.
Please, read the article and pass it on to everyone. Research is a good thing, even if one has to dig deep to find it. Even if it comes in the form of a blog where the last thing on your mind was cervical cancer.