The Dreaded Phone Call ….

28 Dec

Have you ever gotten that phone call, whether it’s in the middle of the night or the middle of the day, that makes your heart just stop.  A “bad news” phone call.  I’ve received a couple of those, but nothing can prepare you for the phone call that your child is terribly sick and has a 5% chance of survival.  That’s what happened to me, when my son was diagnosed with meningococcal meningitis, as a healthy 20 year college honor student.  The words are such a shock, that you really can’t even comprehend what is being told to you.  This happens to many families, not just mine, and when I find out that a child is sick or dying from a vaccine-preventable disease, I just get sick to my stomach.  There is no magic pill to prevent life’s tragedies, but vaccines are miracles to me.  Vaccines have saved millions of lives, and I urge all parents to make sure that their children are up to date on all of the vaccines – whether infant or adolescent.  Parents and grandparents need to make sure they’re up to date on vaccines as well.  With better immunization update, we can prevent more of these “bad news” phone calls.

2 Responses to “The Dreaded Phone Call ….”

  1. Tama December 28, 2011 at 7:18 pm #

    I know that kind of phone call. I’ve actually had to make one of those calls. A call to my mother and father to tell them their grandson was brain dead and would be taken off the respirator the next day. Meningococcal disease killed my son, Casey. If I had only known there was a vaccine that could have prevented this, he might have been here to celebrate Christmas with us this year. Give your children the gift of health by keeping their vaccinations up to date.

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