Christianity, Politics, schools, Social Issues

Is this about antibodies or compliance?

My skepticism began after the “2 weeks to flatten the curve” turned into preventing anyone from ever getting sick or dying again. Here is a tiny sampling on one narrow topic of why I, an educated person with a bachelor’s degree in nursing, and over 20 years in healthcare, don’t buy into the rhetoric.

Me: We no longer recognize passive immunity, which is when a person develops immunity by becoming infected, then recovering from something.

https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vac-gen/immunity-types.htm

Them: Oh, no, no. Immunity received the old fashioned way doesn’t last as long as the vaccine.

https://www.nih.gov/news-events/nih-research-matters/lasting-immunity-found-after-recovery-covid-19

Me: Wait, why are we still calling it a vaccine anyway? According to the CDC, (please note the use of the word immunity)

“Vaccine: A product that stimulates a person’s immune system to produce immunity to a specific disease, protecting the person from that disease. Vaccines are usually administered through needle injections, but can also be administered by mouth or sprayed into the nose.”

https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vac-gen/imz-basics.htm

Them: It’s not going to be mandatory, conspiracy theorist!

https://www.king5.com/article/news/local/inslee-vaccine-mandate-state-workers-health-care-personnel-covid-delta-washington-emergency/281-66d68fd8-f569-46e2-a94e-c5f56d70911d

Them: That’s not mandatory. You DO have a choice, you can find a different job.

https://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-biz-mcdonalds-mandate-covid-19-vaccine-20210811-iyy6jale2ng2dgenlz7ig3na6m-story.html

Me: That’s not really a choice though, here is the definition of coercion.

"The intimidation of a victim to compel the individual to do some act against his or her will by the use of psychological pressure, physical force, or threats."

https://legal-dictionary.thefreedictionary.com/coercion

Them: Well, the only way to ‘End Covid’ is for everyone to get immunity from the shot.

https://www.businessinsider.com/carnival-cruise-27-vaccinated-guests-tested-positive-covid-19-2021-8?op=1

Me: That’s just one incident.

https://www.doh.wa.gov/Portals/1/Documents/1600/coronavirus/data-tables/420-339-VaccineBreakthroughReport.pdf

Me: I can see where this is going, soon we will have to have papers to go places. (them: conspiracy theorist!)

https://www.kff.org/coronavirus-covid-19/issue-brief/key-questions-about-covid-19-vaccine-passports-and-the-u-s/

Them: But, the variants!!!

Me: Yes, viruses mutate, and always have. Each new variant will have it’s moment in the spotlight, with more prevalence. That’s how and why they mutate. There will be more…

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5075021/

Them: The delta variant is killing people!

Me: Yes, no doubt, but so have other variants. For perspective look here and play with the data.

https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data-tracker/#trends_dailytrendsdeaths

Everyone: Hospitalizations are going up!

Me: With people delaying having medical concerns addressed, and avoiding routine medical care last year, combined with Covid, yes, hospitals are super full. Did you know this happens every flu season, and news outlets and the public never cared before? I actually wrote an an entire blog on this point. Except in 2020 there was NO flu season. 😏

Everyone: But there are no beds!

Me: Some places are having to transfer patients, reduce elective surgeries, and frantically search for staff to hire. Some places have beds, but no staff to open the bed.

Them: I see. Let’s fire healthcare workers for not taking the shot.

https://www.cnbc.com/2021/07/28/get-vaccinated-or-fired-ken-langone-says-his-businesses-will-mandate-it-after-full-fda-approval.html

Them: The shot protects people against getting it and they won’t spread it.

https://www.npr.org/sections/coronavirus-live-updates/2021/07/30/1022867219/cdc-study-provincetown-delta-vaccinated-breakthrough-mask-guidance

Them: If we all get antibodies and immunity, it will go away!

(Please scroll to top and repeat)

https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vac-gen/immunity-types.htm

Them: All of you people should just die then. We have ideas to help. Also, we call kids we don’t agree with names. (Photo is the comment of a teacher in our school district and supporters)

These people should not be anywhere near children. But they are, and this is only one reason to pull your children from public schools. See our archives for more on this topic.

Is this about antibodies or compliance?

Christianity, family

Standing for what is right – for our children

I have become more vocal, it is true. Some people have gone away because they were in my life for a season, or even the wrong reasons. By not hiding who I am or what I think, I have watched some amazing and genuine people come into my circle. I am learning so many things. I have had hard lessons during my life, and one of the important ones is that I can’t worry so much about what other people think of me. That is easier said than done, and I still struggle with this.

When I became a mom after dealing with over 6 years of infertility, I knew I would do anything to protect the life growing inside of me. It was scary. I wanted to eat the right things, do the right things, avoid the wrong things. I didn’t know it then, how much easier it was to protect them before they were born.

Now, when I look at my girls, I know how much more difficult it is to make sure they are going down the right paths. And I know there will be times when they won’t. They are growing up in a world filled with masked faces, conflict, deception, weakness, and uncertain futures. I know this is nothing new, but it is more pungent to me now that I am a mama. There are times I worry about what kind of world we brought them into. But I know that God loves them even more than I do, and that’s saying a lot. He gave them to me, in this moment, on purpose. I cherish my family and will stand up for them.

Reminders of how quickly my girls are growing surround me every day. Their littleness is precious and fleeting. When I hear them talking to each other in the next room and they start giggling together, it fills me with warmth. There are so many emotions, it is hard to describe them all. When I have to discard the next size of clothes as they grow. When I hear them crying in genuine pain or sadness. When I hear, “Mommy!” on repeat – 87 times in a row. When I clean sticky handprints off of windows, or fish petrified chicken nuggets from deep under the bookshelf. When I scrub popsicle and grass stains out of tiny clothes on a summer day. When I calm them down from a case of being too hungry or too tired. When I scrub paint off counters and pick stickers off of walls. When we sing “Twinkle, twinkle” for the billionth time that day. Every job that I do to serve my family, no matter how big or small or tedious or mundane it feels in the moment, is worth it. Someday I will suddenly notice how long it has been since they asked to me kiss a booboo and make it instantly all better. I will ask them if they want me to the next time they get hurt, and they will tell me no. I will realize that I didn’t even know when the last time was the last time. Things will be more complicated to “fix” as they grow. I know there are much more difficult times coming.

Fighting for the world our girls will grow up in is near the top of that list of jobs. I’m not going to stop talking about things that matter to us as a family. I’m not going to stop trying to make changes where I can, even if it feels like I’m fighting a losing battle. I want them to see an example that truth is important, no matter how unpopular it is. I want them to know that they watched their parents stand for what was right, even if it was the more difficult, and sometimes lonely road to take.

These two beautiful girls are why I won’t stop.  They are gifts to me, they are our future.