Monthly Archives: October 2008

How I Protected My Egg Allergic Daughter and Still Gave Her the Flu Shot

I wanted to share my experience of getting my two year old her flu shot yesterday morning. She has an egg and peanut allergy. Flu shots have egg in them, so if your child has an egg food allergy, please go to the allergist and let them handle the immunization.

It is up to the parent whether to give their child a flu shot. If you decide to get one, it is not recommended getting one at the pediatrician’s office. The Allergist can safely test and administer the flu shot in the office. They do a series of skin tests and then low-level shots and are equipped to treat the child in the event they have a serious allergic reaction.

First, they put a drop on her arm and then lightly scratched it and we waited 15 min. They measure for reaction – it looks like a mosquito bite if there is one. She had one for egg but not for the flu shot.

Then they tested it just under her skin and we waited 15 min. She did have a reaction the second time, (mosquito bite looking bump) so we had to do the test shot in her leg, wait 15 minutes each time for reaction. She did not react each time, but it was hard going through with her. Luckily we went through all 6 rounds with no reaction and each dose gives a little bit more of the flu shot until she has had enough to protect her. Her Doctor said she was finished and off we went.

Even though it was difficult, I would still do it again if it means protecting my child from a more threatening flu. 

Tip – bring lots of snacks, toys, coloring items and reading materials because we were there about 3 1/2 hours.

Always research, always ask questions to your doctors, the nurses, you name it. You are the number one person on your family’s health team!

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Please write to the Army Corps in support of the Georgia EPD’s request to hold more water in Lake Lanier.

The Georgia Environmental Protection Division has sent a letter to the Mobile office of the Corps of Engineers requesting the Corps reduce the minimum amount of flow in the Chattahoochee River at Peachtree Creek in Atlanta by 13% between November 1, 2008 and April 30, 2009.  This will reduce this flow from 485 million gallons a day (MGD) to 420 MGD, thereby leaving an additional 11.7 billion gallons of water in Lake Lanier.   

The EPD letter requests this action to conserve needed storage in Lake Lanier and states that its modeling has shown that water quality at Peachtree Creek was not adversely affected when the flow was reduced between March and May 2008.

The Corps of Engineers is reviewing this request and is asking for stakeholder comments to be received by October 27 by submitting its online form
 
You may also submit your comments to   

cesam-pd-ea@usace.army.mil

or send a letter to the following address:

Colonel Byron G. Jorns, District Commander
Mobile District, USACE
Attn: CESAM-DE
P. O Box 2288
Mobile, AL  36628-0001

The Corps’ press release may be read at

http://www.sam.usace.army.mil/docs/08-53.pdf

 

Say No to Gardasil and Protect Our Daughters from this Merck Moneymaker.

As a mother of two girls, I am very bothered in the marketing behind Gardasil. Big Pharma better watch it because as they try to push for mandatory vaccinations in the name of the almighty dollar, our daughters may suffer for it. The side effects for this expensive treatment (not covered by insurance) range from standard to severe.

Please do your homework when it comes to protecting your children! My girls are not getting this vaccine. My dad is a Dr. in Chemical Engineering and he says there is not enough long term research on the safety of this new vaccine. It’s not been proven that it even works.

US Government Mandates Gardasil
http://www.judicialwatch.org/blog/2008/oct/u-s-govt-mandates-gardasil 

Judicial Watch Uncovers New FDA Records Detailing Deaths in 1,824 Adverse Reaction Reports Related to HPV Vaccine
http://www.judicialwatch.org/6428.shtml

Is HPV Vaccine to Blame for a Teen’s Paralysis?
http://www.usnews.com/blogs/on-women/2008/7/2/is-hpv-vaccine-to-blame-for-a-teens-paralysis.html

CBS News: Vaccine Watch: Gardasil Side-Effects?
http://www.cbsnews.com/blogs/2008/07/08/couricandco/entry4240888.shtml

Gardasil Vaccine: The Damage Continues
http://vaccineawakening.blogspot.com/2008/08/gardasil-vaccine-damage-continues.html 

…The vaccine reaction reports keep coming into the National Vaccine Information Center (NVIC) from mothers describing how they took their healthy teenage girls into a pediatrician or gynecologist’s office where they were given a GARDASIL shot and, then, nothing was ever the same again. The reports of HPV vaccine reactions, injuries and deaths continue to roll in, not only to NVIC but also to the federal Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (Search HPV4 athttp://www.medalerts.org/vaersdb/index.html) newspapers, and television stations. And the only response that comes from officials at the CDC, FDA and drug companies when perfectly healthy teenage girls collapse into unconsciousness, suffer a massive seizure, get paralyzed or die suddenly after being injected with GARDASIL is the zombie mantra: “It is a coincidence.”

Will the Chicago Cubs Ever Be Ready?

I have been a lifelong Chicago Cubs fan. I played t-ball and started collecting the baseball cards at age 6. I loved Buckner (yes, I know, I was 6), and then I married a lifelong Boston Red Sox fan. 

So when the Red Sox finally ended their “cursed” existence and won two world series, I began to think there was hope for the Cubs. I tried not to pay too much attention after the excellent season they had this year for fear of the expected decline.

Now that they made the playoffs, I allowed myself to get more excited. So much talent. So many hardcore fans. A team’s 100 year centennial. The planets were aligning…

So here I sit as they are 0-2 and down 2-0. I don’t know how this will turn out but I have some hope. I remember when the Red Sox were one out away from being eliminated from the Yankees in 2004. I kept trying to keep my husband’s outlook positive. They can do it! Watch! And then on a dime, the Red Sox luck turned. One play, then the next, until they came back slowly and surely. It was almost like a dream.

I remember when the Red Sox made the final out in 2004 and were World Series Champs. It was a harvest moon that night. My husband quickly stood up in quiet excitement, watched the final out and then said “Now what do I do?” 

His reaction was both a high point and confusing place to be. His team finally won the end all be all after years of struggle. After years of hurting, my husband saw his team reach the top. They finally did it. And now twice in the past four years.

Will the Cubs ever be ready for this moment? Will the fans? I think so. Maybe not this year, but soon.

Sigh. At least I’m not alone. I need an Old Style.