I have four daughters. My third daughter is Gigi. Her birthday is November 3 and she will be 4 years old. With this special day here I have felt compelled to share her story. Today I found out it is Vaccine Awareness Week so I knew I needed to share. Not everyone will agree with the choices we make, but Gigi deserves to have her story told.
Gigi was a very happy and content baby when she was born. But all that changed in one day….the day she had her two month vaccinations. That night she began screaming. Not a fussy baby but shrieking, screaming, like I had never heard out of her. She did that inconsolably for 3 hours straight. From that day on she had that episode, of 3 hours of screaming, every night. It’s colic, it’s normal, some babies just don’t handle all those shots at once so well but it is ok, it’s coincidence. Sometimes it is hard to do what is right when you don’t have anyone to support you and especially when you don’t know you have a CHOICE. It wasn’t until Gigi had 2 more rounds of shots that we found out that we really had a choice in this (thanks to my husband’s coworker).
I have always been one to trust my gut and not only did my gut tell me that those shots (or at least one of them) did this to her, I felt deep in my gut that if she got one more round I would lose her for who she was. Her personality had changed. She was moody, irritable, the temperature had to be just right in the house or it would send her into fits. I wouldn’t do it. I couldn’t allow her to be injected one more time.
She never had another vaccination after that. And she began to recover. I have since done a lot of research and found that the reaction she had was due to BRAIN SWELLING most likely caused by the DTaP vaccine. Her new pediatrician supports this finding.
She is a happy little girl now. She doesn’t mind hot days in the sun or cold ones in the snow. She is mostly quite healthy too. She does have eczema, allergies (food, tactile, environmental), and we have begun to worry about diabetes with some symptoms she has. Many believe all of these can be caused by vaccines.
When I think about what happened to Gigi, think back on those months, and realize what it was, brain swelling, it scares me. I am often with tears in my eyes when I think of what COULD have happened to my little girl. It could have been worse. She could not be here at all.
So today, on this day before her 4th birthday, I say this: Her name is Gianna, which means “God is gracious” ….. and He is.