As salaam Allaikum to all.
I'd like to talk to the older sisters and bothers on the board about vaccinations.
We give them to our kids, our grandkids get them, but we neglect ourselves.
Last month, one day I had a sore throat and the next I was in ICU on a ventilator.
I had somehow gotten Hib (NO not HIV)
My children who are now in their 30's? All they had back then when they were babies was polio, DPT and MMR's vaccines.
Now a days (my grandchildren included) the list of vaccinations are as long as ones arm.
Hib is something children get vaccinated for and adults RARELY get.
It settled in my epiglottis and that is a flap that covers your windpipe to avoid food from going down.
It had swollen and just about cut off my airway.
I had been to see the doctor one day with a sore throat and had trouble swallowing and the doctor could not see anyting wrong, no red throat, no infected ears but could see I was in pain and figured it was maybe an infection in my neck glands and sent me home with antibiotics and pain pills, went to bed that night and awoke at 1:50 am feeling weird and could not swallow, couldn't wake my husband up so I drove myself to the hospital.
The night doctor and nurse were real jerks, getting frustrated at me for not being able to swallow a pill, not liquid meds not a freeze pop. They couldn't see any redness in my throat.
Luckily by 7 am or so they ordered a CT as my heart rate was way up and I had just about lost my voice.
Luckily they found I had epiglottisittis (sp), they called in an ENT specialist immediately and stuck some thing down my throat to look, I remember him saying he could not even see my vocal chords and rushed me to the OR to be in-tubated, I was literally mins from having to have a trachea done
. You have to be awake (but somewhat sedated) to be in-tubated and I remember after the anisteolgist was done, him leaning back, looking up at the other staff and saying, " I never want to have to do that again'
Apparently he barely got the smallest tube down my airway. After I was out of the hospital and went to thank him
I asked if he did in fact say that or was it the drugs
and he looked surprised and said he infact did say that he also told me when he was done he was actually shaking.
I remember feeling very comfortable in his care, he talked to me through it and I felt he knew what he was doing.
Anyway, getting to the main point. This past winter our community lost an infant to whooping cough, babies don't get vaccinated for it until 2, 4 and 6 months old. Whooping cough was going around this winter.
It is an illness a simple vaccination prevents sadly many of us in our 30's and 40's and up are no longer
immune since we have not been vaccinate in decades. We can have it or carry it and give it to an infant and not even know it. I don't ever want that on my conscience.
Now that I am better I am going to start getting updated on vaccines like tetanus, whooping cough, and other things. Adults aren't usually given an hib vaccine though.
But we can all prevent an innocent infant from dying if we get vaccinated for whooping cough.