Hep Hep Hooray…

We moved in July, and have been pretty lax about sorting out a new GP service closer to home. 

Finally sorted it out this week, took all the forms in, ID, Proof of Address and Emma’s Red Book. Last step was for a Health Check. A human MOT if you like. Go through medical history, weight, height, blood pressure, etc. 

Got told things I already knew. Yep, I’m fat, so fat that my BMI (stupid system) reckons I should have died a week ago. I need to exercise more, eat less, and become skinny with a tiny BMI number. Yup. Well the health care guy didn’t say those exact words, but that was the gist. Apparently we should be going to the gym 4 times a week. Hmmmmmm. As if. 

He told me I should check my breasts daily. To be fair if notice if they were gone. HA! Sorry. Yep. I check them often. I know that if I find a lump then I need to get an exam done. 

Then came my urine sample. Thanks to my lovely pot of pee, I’m now having a series of tests for diabetes. Apparently my sample contained high traces of glucose. And showed I may have a UTI brewing.

So far, I’ve gone in relatively healthy (barring tonsillitis) and I’ve potentially got diabetes and a UTI.

Next thing I know, Daniel tells me Emma’s picked something up. I turn to see, and she sticks me in the side with a needle. I pull it out and take it off her. It’s a hypodermic needle, used. Emma gets checked over, is fine, gets a biscuit. Health care guy doesn’t seem concerned at all, that my kid has picked up a needle from the floor under my chair and stuck it in me. He puts it in the bin, the NORMAL waste bin.

Husband has his health check and I go to sit in the waiting room, with my various sample pots and paperwork for my diabetes lab work, and a HIV screening paperwork.

It’s bothering me now, so I tell the receptionist what happened, and a few moments later I’m in a room with the practice manager. 

Now I’m having to add a load of other tests to my blood draw appointment (for the HIV screening) as well as having a Hep A/ Hep B combined vaccination. 

It begs belief that someone can complete their GP registration and then come out with paperwork for god knows how many lab works to be done, and vaccinations. To be done on Christmas Eve no less. *sigh*

I also still have bloody tonsillitis. 

But at least my BP is good! 108/71.

Here’s to a Healthy 2016!

Vaccinations

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I am pro-vaccination. I was vaccinated as a child. I have the influenza vaccination every year and no it does not give me the flu.

My husband was vaccinated as a child, but he does not need to have the influenza vaccination as his immune system is healthy.

We chose to vaccinate our daughter because the risk of getting a serious illness whilst her immune system is developing is not a risk we wish to take.

I understand why parents choose not to vaccinate, and all I’ll say on that subject is, provided parents have thoroughly researched the pros and cons using the most up to date research before coming to a decision, then good for them.

But yesterday I was very confused, when a fellow parent stated that they choose not to vaccinate because they prefer the immunity that breast milk provides.

Wait. WHAT?

Last I checked, breast milk does not offer immunity to serious illnesses such as measles/mumps/rubella/chicken pox/polio/diphtheria etc.

Yes, breast milk is the most natural thing for your baby. The WHO recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months for all babies and then after for as long as baby requires and wants it. That may be 1, that may be 2, or even 5! Yes it provides nutrients and helps with babies immune system but it does not provide immunity to serious diseases.

Parents need to understand how vaccinations work. They stimulate our bodies to make antibodies to an illness, but without the person becoming infected.

Do your research rather than jumping on the myth band wagon.
Don’t you owe that much to your child? That you have thoroughly researched the ins and outs and have made the best choice based on your understanding?

Some parents spend so much time looking at schools for their kids before they attend, yet not with vaccinations.

Healthcare just as important as education, no?

Tiny Scratch

I’ve been dreading today for a while. Mentally preparing myself for it.
Vaccination day.

Emma was 8 weeks old yesterday. Due her first set of vaccinations.

I’m not going to go into the ins and outs of vaccinations and the whole good/bad/will destroy your childs life/you’re a bad parent/good parent/modern medicine and whatnot debate. God knows I’ve read enough of it over the last few weeks!!

I’ve decided to vaccinate my child and that’s that.

So that’s what we did this morning. Two jabs, one in each leg. Boy did she scream! I was however very brave and did not cry and we got a sticker!

The rest of today will be spent having cuddles with mama.

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