Thursday, April 7, 2011

H1N1 Vaccine To Blame?

Could it be a twin killer?

Shocking title I know, but I feel like this is very important. I don't really know what to do with this new bit of information. I can't say for sure if it was due to the shot, or if we had lost him before I even got it. I don't know. Not knowing is a killer. In more ways than one.

Ok. So to explain further, last night I was parousing on Facebook and one of my friends posted a link about the mercury in vaccines and how they could trigger autism. I had heard this a long time ago and then I had heard it was disproved. Now it seems like newer evidence is out there to re-prove it. Regardless, I never got far enough in the article to even read the research...because my eyes stopped dead in their tracks and my soull buckled to it's knees when I read this:

"Swine flu vaccines contain Polysorbate 80, an agent linked with infertility in mice, which may extend to infertility in humans. There are 3,587 reports from women who lost their babies very shortly after getting the H1N1 swine flu vaccine, causing many to question the safety of this vaccine."

I followed the link to the article and read it. I felt like my blood suddenly turned to concrete. I was petrified with shock, what if, confusion, revelation.  A horrible, horrible revelation.

One of the doctors had thought Jeremiah had passed due to Twin to Twin Transfusion (TTTS), the doctor, who was a specialist, had never seen them in ultrasound before (those of you may know my Tricare Insurance/Referral Process story of woe, those that don't will have to wait for another blog on another day).  I was pretty convinced that despite his medical opinion, it was not TTTS. At 22 weeks gestation we had the perfect ultrasound. Micah was perfect. Jeremiah was perfect. Fluid levels, blood flow. Heck they were both measuring almost exact... the doctor there noted how "rare" that is to be so similar. I asked her about TTTS, having read up on identicals sharing a placenta, and she said that if it was bad we would have seen it well before now. So having the new doctor who had only seen Jeremiah already long gone in ultrasound, isn't the best source of truth in my opinion. Jeremiah was just .5 inches shorter than Micah and weighed 2lbs, once Micah had lost all his fluid from birth he weighed 2lbs 6oz at the smallest. So it hadn't been that long. I don't believe that TTTS was the reason at all.

Anyways, after 22wks I moved to the states, dicked around with referrals and FINALLY (after battling, tooth, nail, and tears with Tricare) went to my first OB appt in the states. October 18th, 2010. I was 28 weeks pregnant with identical twin boys. I fought for more ultrasounds. I cried for more. But they were all booked. I should have gone to the doctors directly and pleaded...but I didn't.  Anyways, back to my appt. I was getting pretty uncomfortable by now and that was normal. Everything at my appt was good, they both had strong heart beats in the 140s. Or so we think. The doctor highly recommended I go get the flu shot, which is paired with the H1N1 vaccine. I had never had or wanted the vaccine before. I refused to get it when I was pregnant with Isaac in Okinawa. They told me that I could die or lose my babies if I were to get Swine Flu, and being in the States I felt like it was more likely to get sick. So I went ahead and got the shot. I was ensured that it was safe for pregnant women. Heck, pregnant women are considered priority. I felt like I was making the best decision for the well being of my babies.

Or so I thought. 10 days later, to the day of my shot, I would be giving birth to my stillborn son. He could have been gone for approximately 1-2weeks. 10 days falls right in that mix. Yes we had two heartbeats on doppler on the 18th. But it could of been just one. After all, I spent 4 hours in L&D two days after the shot because of contractions (that were just braxton hicks) without them knowing there was only one heart beat. At 28 weeks it's hard to track one kid let alone two with monitors. Then I spent an entire night on the 27th, with MULTIPLE doctors, techs, and nurses trying to get both boys on the monitors at once. While using ultrasound to do so. They still had no Idea Jeremiah was gone. The only person to find that was a specialist with his big ole machine. The only way I knew, without ever knowing, was the pain in my right side ribs from Jeremiah's body pushed up, with little to no fluid left around him. All along I thought that was just him kicking the crap out of my ribs. So was he alive on the 18th, when I got the shot? It's hard to say. I can't remember when my ribs started hurting. I know we had lost him around then, because shortly after that appt, after my husband had came back from Okinawa to meet up with us, is when it all started to change. I got more miserable, more in pain and my stomach seemed to grow twice as big overnight. Everything went to hell. My skin was so taught is shone like a mirror. My stomach looked a little lopsided (from Micah's growing amniotic fluid levels-again-I didn't know this). I could not sleep laying down, and hardly sitting up. In a few days time I went from uncomfortably pregnant with twins to down right suffering in perpetual misery.

I have come to accept that things happen out of my control. But to feel like maybe it was a decision that I made to get the shot, even if my intentions were to protect them, that could of led to his death. Ugh. The thought sits in my stomach like rotten milk. I should have went with my gut instinct. I should have refused the shot like I had done time and time before.

Even still, I cannot change the past. I will not let this bring me down again. There are a lot of things I would change about how and what happened if I had the chance. Getting the shot would be one of them.  I will not let this grab hold of me.  I will not let the Enemy bring me down. I will however let myself deal with this new bit of information. I can't just ignore it. It hurts. Bad. But the one thing I can do is refuse to ever get a stupid shot like the flu shot again, especially while pregnant. One time is all it takes to change the world as I know it.

And the biggest issue for me now is...why do they not warn you about the fact that there are 3,600 reported cases of miscarriage and pregnancy loss associated with this vaccine? Isn't that something they should HAVE to warn you about?  Be wise. If you are pregnant, I HIGHLY recommend you refuse to get the H1N1. It's not worth the risk.



  1. This is very interesting. I got the H1N1 when I was pregnant with Maddox. I don't think I would have if I'd known about the reports from other women. Then again a co-worker sitting next to me got the H1N1 and we think Billy did also so which is worse? It's hard to tell.

    What if the Lord knew that J would grow up to reject Him? So in order to spend eternity all together, he took him before he had the opportunity to say he didn't believe. It's a thought.

    Please don't feel guilty. This kind of pain and guilt is a life sentence. You haven't done anything to deserve a life sentence.


  2. I can't imagine the pain and confusion this brings to the table for you. I have always refused (much to the nurses dismay) the flu shots AND h1n1. I will pass along the information.

    :hugs: girl

  3. I really don't know what to say, just please don't let this information drag you down too much. I know it's hard and that I would be feeling so similarly if it was me, but you did what you felt was best at that time. We make our decisions based on what we know, and the fact is that doctors who know the dangers associated with the vaccine did not disclose what they knew to patients. It was all being done in a "shoot first, ask questions later" sort of way.

  4. i am very weary about vaccines. After majoring pre-med, i learned how odd it is that we have become "obsessed" with vacinating our children by the age of two. I was bothered when I was pregnant by how forceful they are about the flu shot. I understand the reprocussions of not getting it, but i dont understand why they push it so much. I have our baby on a modified shot schedule but i had hell finding a doctoe that would work with me.

    if this is the reason for ur loss, i am soooo sorry. For any reason, i am sorry. u r one tough lady and a wonderful mamma (from what it sounds like :)). Keep ur head up girl! ur in my prayers always.

  5. Just want to give you a BIG hug <3 I don't have any reassuring words to say, and I wish I did. You are doing an amazing job of keeping your chin up, even with all the new things that get thrown at you. Life is soo hard sometimes, and all the what-ifs out there will drive you absolutely nuts if you let them. I know I have drove myself crazy with what-ifs, so try not to beat yourself up too much.

  6. Big hugs!! You, like most everyone, believe that the doctor is only looking out for your and your little ones' safety, which they are. They don't tell you about the risks, only the benefits. How were you to know? Please don't blame yourself. May you find peace and comfort... sometimes like is just ... unfair, and there's no explanation for it. I wish I could hug you in real life!!