Above: Josiah before vaccine injury
Josiah was 16 1/2 months old when I took him to his 15 month well check up on March 23, 2007. Before and on this date he was a normal little boy who had met all his milestones. He was talking in 2-3 word sentences and using 20-30 words. He would sing and dance. He loved playing with his trucks and cars. He loved the pool and his bath time. He loved playing with his 3 sisters. He hugged and kissed us. He would wave good bye to you and say good bye. He would peak around the stairs at me with his fishing hat on and say “I’m the buddy”. On March 23, 2007 his Pediatrician told me that he was going to give him his 15 and 18 month shots that day so that I would not have to come back the next month to get the 18 month shots. I trusted the Doctor. He had been seeing all my children since my oldest was born. Josiah received 9 vaccines that day.
He started crying right away and cried all the way home. When we got home he was screaming and crying. We thought it was just because he was fussy from the vaccines and that his legs might be sore. We fed all the children and got them to sleep, but Josiah was still up screaming and crying. My Husband and I took turns holding him. His body went stiff and he was arching his back. He kept throwing his head back. We still thought he was just ill and sore from the vaccines. We know now that these were signs of a seizure. We always thought a seizure was just shaking. This went on for 5 hours until he finally fell asleep. We look back now and wish we would have known that he was having seizures.
The very next day he was quite all day. He was not talking. He was in his own world. He would not look at us or respond to us when we talked to him. He would not play with his toys anymore. He would not play with his Sisters anymore. When I went to bathe him he grabbed on to the door frame to stop me from taking him into the bathroom and was screaming the whole time. We went to a pool party and my Husband put him in the pool and he screamed and screamed. He started flapping his hands and spinning in circles. From the day after his vaccines up until a year later our Son was completely gone(not physically, but in every other way) I took him back for his well check up on April 1, 2008 and Josiah flapped his hands and spun in circles the whole time.
I asked the Pediatrician what was going on and this is what he said, “You probably already know this by now, but your Son has Autism.”
I said, “What caused it because he was fine before his last visit and now look at him.”
He told me, “It is genetic and it is just a coincidence that it happened right at his last set of vaccines.”
I said to him, “My 3 girls don’t have autism.”
He replied, “It is more prevalent in boys.” He gave me the number to a early intervention program. He then said, “He needs his Hep B vaccine, but he has been through enough so I won’t give it to him”
I had always vaccinated and felt I was doing the right thing to keep my children healthy. I always trusted the Doctors. All that has changed for our family. We no longer vaccinate and have learned so much about the dangers of vaccines and their ingredients. Autism has affected our family in good and bad ways. The good ways are it has bought us closer as a family. We learned not to take things for granted because life can change in a instant. When others are upset that their children failed math or did not win the game, we are just glad that our Son looked at us today. That he smiled today. Autism has affected our family in bad ways also. We lost friends and family became distant. Our Church turned our Son away. They had a rule that children 3 years and up had to sit in the service. Well our Son could not with all the bright lights,large crowds, and loud noises. They physically hurt him. The Pastor told us they could not accommodate our Son and to find another Church that could. We can’t take our Son out a lot into stores and such. He has meltdowns all the time. We have heard very harsh comments from people and have realized how cruel the world is. We were in a restaurant and Josiah was banging 2 cups together. There were two loud televisions on also. It was a Pizza restaurant. The old woman behind us looked at her Daughter and said, “let’s move.” That was the first time I felt isolated. My Husband walked over to her and said, “I am sorry My Son has interrupted your meal, but he can’t help what the vaccines did to him.” Then he walked away. I was at the mall and had to take My Son into the bathroom to change him. There were some older teenagers or they were in their early 20’s in there. They had their purses and bags all over the changing table. I walked to the handicap bathroom to see if there was a changing table in it. There was not so I walked back and waited for them to move their bags. They did and as they were walking out one said “That kid is like 5 years old and still in diapers.” I picked My Son up and opened the door, but they were not in my sight. I knew My Husband could see them so I told him what happened and he said something to them. When we got home and were eating dinner Josiah started sobbing a very hurt cry. My Son can’t talk, but he can hear and we think that he was hurting because of what was said. When all the children were asleep My Husband and I sat at the table and cried.
Josiah is 5 now and will be 6 in November. He had a Genetic blood test done and the results were that nothing is wrong with him genetically. His Developmental Pediatrician told me that his Autism was Environmental and not Genetic. She then told me that only 15% of cases of Autism are Genetic. Josiah is till in Diapers. He has been on a Gluten and Casein Free diet since July 2010. He has been seeing a DAN! Doctor since June 2010. His eye contact is back. He says some words, mostly Daddy. He kisses and hugs. He is still scared of his bath and of pools. Josiah is on a 2 year waiting list for therapy. Josiah has Sensory Processing Disorder,PICA,OCD,Leaky Gut Disease, and Celiac’s Disease.
What would I say to Parents that vaccinate? Please do your research. Find out what is in these vaccines. Research how many were given when you were a child and look at how many are given now. Know that vaccines are drugs and all drugs have side effects. Each child will react differently to vaccines. A well known Pediatrician who has spoke out against vaccines told me that Pediatricians know not to double up on vaccines.
Above: Josiah after vaccine injury