Jordan’s life was forever changed because of his vaccine injury. As I type this, I am overrun with so many emotions: anger, anxiety, joy, excitement, relief, hope, etc. Although my Jordan struggles, and it isn’t fair, he’s here. About a week ago, I realized what my purpose in life is. I have always searched for this. It is so very clear now. I’m limited with where I can go and how I can help because my every day is spent caring for my vaccine injured son. He’s almost 18 and does not speak. I need to speak for him, just as I always have. I am his mother, his protector, his advocate. Yes, I do this for all 5 of my kids, but he needs me to do this for him and all the other children who suffer or who will. I’ve sat in silence while I watch others believe that vaccines are protecting their kids. I need to do something with what I was given. God spoke to me that morning. I used to believe my son was a minority. I now know better. I thought it was a freak accident. It was preventable. He also has a purpose. He taught me so much. Now I know that he has a much greater purpose. He is here to show others the truth. It’s ugly, but it is fact and it’s real. He’s not a statistic. He’s a person. He has rights. The last few weeks have been very rough. School is out. My son is a mess. I’ve had lots of anxiety. I kept asking God, “why me? Why? Is this punishment?” He spoke to me and told me why. It is not punishment. It is purpose. My life and outlook completely changed that morning. I’m no longer feeling sorry for myself or my son.
Jordan was born December of 1997. He first smiled January 27, 1998. He first rolled over February 13, 1998. He was making eye contact. He was happy and cooing. This all stopped before he was three months old. He had his “well-baby” checkup and immunizations (DTP, Oral Polio, HIB, and HEP B) on February 17, 1998. Little did I know that within a week he would be having seizures on February 23, 1998. Jordan was hospitalized from February 24th to the 26th. His head was swelling quickly. Jordan was diagnosed with brain damage and continuing brain regression, which affected the motor skills (fine and gross) and speech areas of his brain. He was put on phenobarbital twice per day. Jordan continued to decline and sleep most of the time. He developed reflux and was not able to sleep lying flat.
April 20, 1998, Jordan had another well-visit and immunizations (DT – no pertussis, Oral Polio, HIB). During this visit, I was told that Jordan would not receive any more Pertussis vaccines because of his condition. July 7, 1998, he received a TD immunization. Jordan continued to make no progress like the average infant. The doctor ignored my concerns and said, “He’s just a little behind”. A little behind? He was not sitting unsupported (not even close), he was not making eye contact, and he was not making any cooing sounds… He was silent and he would spend a lot of his time staring blankly.
With early intervention, Jordan was able form a few words (Night night, Bye bye, No no, Mama, Dada, Grandma, Papa, and Lindsay). He loves music and would play his little piano while “singing”. He smiled and made eye contact. He loved to look into my eyes and smile and laugh. He was not able to crawl on all fours until July 21, 1999 (Over a year and a half old). He was able to walk on his own at four years old. He went through intensive therapies every day. His speech took a turn in 2003/2004. He received, what I thought was DT, August 14, 2003. However, in recent findings, he actually had received DTaP. This is very recent news to me, but is indicated in his medical records. This explains why his speech suddenly stopped. His autistic like tendencies continued to become greater. He was banging his head, rocking back and forth, flapping his arms, making grunting sounds. His speech never progressed again.
Jordan has also had several sets of ear tubes and currently has T tubes. He had his tonsils removed before he was 3 years old because they were twice the size of the average adult’s and he was not able to swallow a lot of foods.
Jordan is now 17 years old. His mentality is that of 15 to 24 months, depending on the area. He will never drive a car. He will never live alone. He cannot communicate with words. He has OCD, ADHD, ADD, and classic autism tendencies. Jordan received another DT immunization December 2014. This triggered permanent and constant arthritis like symptoms in his joints. It is mainly affecting his hands. All tests are negative for rheumatoid and other arthritis. He is now on Zoloft (to offset the steroid) and Prednisone (which is not helping the swelling). He had a full panel done and does not have any autoimmune disorders. Jordan does not carry any abnormal chromosomes or genetic disorders. All tests were “normal”. The most recent test, in 2014, determined that his immunizations did not “trigger” anything. There was nothing to be triggered. This was plain and simple, a vaccine injury, according to the neurologist that reviewed his records and did the most recent tests.
My name is Brandi and this is my son, Jordan’s, vaccine injury story.