what are my rights with pediatricians and not vaxing? *long*
When my son was born, i got a new pediatrician who said she was ok with me not vaccinating. During her visitto me in my hospital room she tried to terrify me in to givin him the vit K shot even though i didnt circumsize and his birth was not traumatic at all. I didnt give in though...
Then at each well baby visit, her nurse practitioner was a total vaxing BULLY. One time, with my 11 year old daughter right there with us, she says to my tiny baby son while holding him in her arms- "gee, I hope you dont get meningitus and die!" in a stupid cooing baby voice. I pulled him from her arms and told her to grow up, and suck it basically... that I was so sick of being bullied and that it was my right as a fully informed and educated parent to make these important medical decisions for my children and that no dr or nurse coud bully in to poisoning my children. I left and didnt go back (oh ps the dr even once got all annoyed by his amber necklace when i said he wore it all th etime and that if i took it off he got cranky from teething, she threw a fit saying it was SO dangerous to wear while sleeping, even though its made for infants and is designed to break if needed.).
So fast foward to a few months back. My son developed croupe from a cold, which is common. But this time his airway was so swollen that he started to become distressed about breathing and then started to cry and couldnt breath. I took him i the steamy bathroom and he calmed down and was ok but i called the ped to say i was bringing him in in 10 mins because he needed steroids asap (they will give me liquid or a pill to crush so no shots). The nurs eon the line threw a fit and said that the ped refused to see me for not vaxing AND because i stopped the well visits... i told her i stopped because i was being bullied for not vaxing... long story short, we had to go to prompt care and still have no pediatrician...
Here is my issue. I have the medical card, although we make enough money that we do pay a premium and co pays at every visit. However, we have to follow the rules of the program, meaning well visits, dental visits, and we have to have a "medical home" assigned which means a certain dr or ped for my children and an OB and GP for me. Since I dont have a ped ive been getting daily calls and letters from all kids (illinois medical card program) saying the kids are due for check ups asap and i NEED to do it... i dont want to lose the medical benefits because its so affordable compared to other options.
Now I am pregnant and due in april. I also have to have a ped lined up for baby because babies have to be checked out and approved to go home from the hospital by the assigned pediatrician.
Here is my question/issue... I have called a ton of peds that take the card, and none will take my kids due to not vaxing. ALl kids is sending me a listing of all peds and GPs that can see newborn to senior citizens so once i get that i will keep calling to find a dr... So, what if NONE of them will see my kids? What are my rights as a parent as far as Drs refusing to see your children due ot vaxing choices???
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