has been the twins friend.
Well, it is a little thing called an allergic reaction.
To what you ask?
Their immunization shot.
Yes, you read it right.
The immunization shot that my husband and I
decided would be okay to give.
This mommy feels awful.
I blame myself mostly.
I am the one who said it was okay to do a combo shot.
Instead of giving one shot now then one shot in 6 months
like we planned,
I consented to do the combo shot.
The twins had been exposed to each
without any problems in the past,
so I thought it would be safe.
I thought after the combo shot,
no more immunizations would given til age 4-6 yrs old.
We would have several years of no shots.
Now, both children have orange sized
hot, swollen, red areas at their injection site.
I am thankful that the reaction is only a local reaction.
But, here lies the problem.
Both of the vaccines in the combo were vaccines
that we had thought were important to give.
The twins would at age 4-6 yrs get the booster.
There is no way to know which vaccine caused
Was it just the preservative that caused to reaction?
Again there is no way of knowing.
There is a huge risk that by exposing the twins
again, the reaction might not be just local,
it could be systemic, a big scare.
After talking with the pediatrician,
we feel it would be to big of a risk.
He assured me that most adults
don't have the booster anyway.
I still feel awful.
I have two little ones suffering.
We researched, discussed, and decided.
We excluded those immunizations we thought
We delayed others so that the twins
immune systems would have time to recover.
Now, we question our decisions, our plans
for the children further immunizations.
One decision we are sure of right now is
we will not risk another exposure to the vaccines
they just received.
The little ones are tough.
There will be careful observing and much cuddling
in the days ahead.