March 2, 2011

Shots versus no shots

Our two oldest kids are completely vaccinated. Somewhere between baby #2 and baby #3 I started getting more into healthy living and herbs and all that crunchy stuff. Now I'm a total freak about shots. Pendulum swung totally the other way! So much so that Peace Baby (who is now 2) has not had any shots.

They just scare me to death.

But (and this is my dilemma) I'm too much of a scaredy-cat to live in Argentina again - especially in the rough places we know we're called to - to take unnecessary risks with my kids by not vaccinating them! Argentina's dangerous enough without having to deal with a good case of spinal meningitis. I can handle colds and vomiting and diarrhea, but I don't do well with strange diseases and high fevers. I really don't.

I am not brave, just so you know. Some people think I am, but let's just dispel all the myth right now. Tony says I'm the biggest (well, I can't translate the word he uses!) scaredy-cat he knows. It's true. I discovered that while riding the hot air balloon at the Zoo several years ago. Scared. To. Death. I almost went in my pants (fortunately I made it to the bathroom in time). Yeah. Brave. That's me!

So, I've decided to go ahead and get my little schmoopie some shots. The ones that prevent the really scary, serious, can-be-fatal diseases. Reading this post scared some sense into me. Like, seriously.

So please pray for my baby! We'll be starting TOMORROW with her shots (and no, we won't be getting all of them - they over-vaccinate kids these days, if you ask me). Hopefully spreading them out over the course of this year will enable her little body to handle them better!


Denise said...

It always amazes me how similar you and I are! I feel exactly the way you do, and yes, as much as I cannot stand immunizations, I would get them if we were heading where you are. I'll be praying for your little one. I'm sending you an email, too.

Eli said...

Well, I don't know if Neuquén is any more dangerous than Mar del Plata, but my daughter only has one vaccine. Vaccines scare me to death as well.

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