Tuesday, January 22, 2008


Jasper got the last of his early-childhood vaccinations Friday. Four shots! We were a little behind. I am ambivalent about these immunizations becasue I have a friend whose son is autistic (she believes it was caused by thimerisol in his vaccines) and because four different shots is a lot of funky juice to be running around a small boy's system at the same time. But they are required by the state and I plan to enroll him in pre-K later this winter, so...

Jasper was brave and took it well. Actually, he screamed his head off.

It was traumatic and afterwards we went home and ate a lot of ice cream. Both of us. The next day Jasper's legs were sore so we spent the day at home. He seemed fine, though way less energetic than usual. Sunday was spent in sloth as well, with one leg still sore. Finally, by Monday, he was back to his usual self.

Since it was horribly cold I thought we should go see a movie. (Museums are typically crowded on holidays.) I trudged uphill 20 blocks in the cold, giving myself a mild asthma attack, just to find out our movie had sold out. Bah! Jasper's next idea was to play in the park. This is what we should have done in the first place, considering how little exercise we got the previous days. We had a grand, though chilly, afternoon exploring Mars, trying out alien spaceships, and collecting rock and other samples from volcanoes.


Adriana Velez said...

About those vaccinations -- according to Jasper's pediatrician, our bodies don't really metabolize thiormersal and it's safe enough, though New York State banned it a few years ago. There is still some debate on its safety, however, and while it is illegal to keep manufacturing vaccinations with thiormersal it is legal to keep using previously-manufactured vaccinations that still contain thiormersal.

Anonymous said...

Yes, but it's been long enough since thimerosal was taken out that you'd be really, really unlikely to still have any vaccines containing it still hanging around. They don't last indefinitely. If you want to be on the safe side, though, you can always ask.

And the thing with autism and thimerosal is that autism rates have continued to increase even in a population of kids who have never been exposed to it.

liz said...

happy birthday buddy!

i LOVE this photo of him.