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Calling the Shots: Childhood Vaccination - One Family's by Mary Alexander

By Mary Alexander

Mary Alexander's daughter Florence used to be a fit two-year-old till 36 hours after her Meningitis C vaccination, whilst she suffered the 1st of many terrifying convulsions. the following, blending own adventure with real learn, Alexander examines the established order of vaccination and highlights many of the questions she believes might be on the vanguard of oldsters' minds: how can belief in vaccination be restored?; are mom and dad' expectancies of luck too excessive during this medically complex world?; are all vaccinations worthwhile? This ebook goals to supply mom and dad with the information and interest had to make an educated, convinced determination approximately vaccination.

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Soon Florence lay on the ambulance bunk with an oxygen mask over her face, now conscious and clearly terrified. So was I, but struggling to hide it. Why, I berated myself, wasn’t I cool and reassuring, surely that was how mothers were supposed to react to this kind of crisis? I just wanted to burst into tears, for someone to comfort me and tell me it would all be alright. Clearly no one could, so I kept the tears inside and allowed the ambulance paramedic to tell me that contrary to my worst fears, this was nothing to do with the meningitis C vaccination but merely a febrile convulsion, oh, her second was it, well, I knew about them then, didn’t I, that children did have these in response to a temperature sometimes.

My lips were touching hers when she took a huge shuddering breath, hauling in the air. ‘Well done, darling’ I said, stroking her still trembling, twitching body, my own flooding with relief. All I had to do now was concentrate on her until the ambulance came. ‘Well done, Flo darling, well done. ’ It wasn’t alright. It was very far from alright, and Mummy being there made little or no difference, but it was all the help I could offer her. What else could I say? My heart throbbed with love and my own sense of helplessness, my body stiff with fear.

It’s when there’s only bleak despair that it is hard to even dream of an eventual victorious return to normality. It wasn’t some exalted state of living that we were asking, hoping, for, but just normal, regular, rather exhausting but rewarding family life with two small children. We had an emergency 24-hour doctor number from our private GP’s surgery. We’d recently signed up for this practice, in addition to our NHS surgery, which had given the meningitis C vaccination, because getting after-hours help on the NHS meant hours spent Florence I: A Rude Awakening 35 queuing at Casualty at our local hospital.

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