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Sat Sep 13, 2014, 10:47 PM

My son has autism [View all]

A recent thread I was reading about the science of vaccine or not to vaccine has got me thinking. One thing that I got from that discussion is, people just don't get it.

When the anti-vax boom we were constantly wondering if the vaccine had anything to do with our son and his autism. The thing that stood out though is both of our children received their vaccinations from the same doctors, with the exception of two. My son received a MMR & DVAP at the Macdill Air Force Base medical clinic. Most kids when they receive an immunization get a needle shot. He got the air gun treatment. Ive never seen that done before so it really stuck out.

Now I will say this. When a parent is faced with any life altering situation that deals with their children, well, sometimes they don't think with clear minds. If you dont have a handicapped child you have no idea what they go through day in, day out, some (like me) will have to take care of our child for his entire life. My wife and I know this, have accepted this, are are fine with this. I have had actual family members stay with us for an extended time say, your son is acting ignorant, why is he behaving badly? They knew he had autism, he is 16 years old, this isn't a new thing.

They still don't understand it because he doesn't have a cast on his arm, his hair isn't falling out, or he is not bed ridden. He is 16 years old and has the mental capacity of a 5 year old. He has a baby blue owl pillow that he has had since he was born, he will not go anywhere without it. He is afraid of the dark, loud noises drive him crazy, he cannot stand having dirty hands or clothing. He is a child of habit, if the routine is broken, we can pretty much write off the entire day. He has only connected with me, he will not communicate with his older sister or even his own mother.

Parents who have handicapped children or even sick children will do anything to make sense or try to find a cure for their child. If you are not in this situation you will not understand this. You may say you do, even with good intentions, but you don't. Take the couple that was incarcerated recently in Spain, They took their terminally ill child out of the hospital in England for a possible cure in Europe. The hospital in England put out an immediate warrant for child endangerment. The child was not healthy enough to leave the hospital, but they took their terminal child and left the country in hopes of a possible cure.

Please keep this in mind when dealing with parents of children. I am %100 on board with everyone getting vaccinated, but I find myself sitting with my son wondering if maybe it was those shots he received. I know its irrational to think this way, I have scoured literature, the internet trying to find something to prove otherwise, but some other parents may have latched onto this thinking.

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