Sunday, March 6, 2011
To Each Their Own
Since her diagnosis nearly three years ago, we have heard numerous alternative therapies to treat Jenna's diseases. I appreciate that people think they are being helpful, I really do. But in all sincerity, do they really think that they know more than the doctors? In the beginning I would be intrigued when someone would offer something to try and I would research it. But, I never really felt safe or secure in the ideas. If it were me? Heck yeah I would try alternative therapies! But for my child? Is it really worth the risk if that therapy fails? Especially when you consider that her arthritis isn't only in her joints, it's in her eyes! Would you really, I mean really risk your child's eye sight just to try something that may or may not work? And before you say it, YES, I knooooow that the meds that we inject her with are dangerous. I know that, believe me I know and I hate it. But for us, when we look at everything and weigh it all out, the risks balanced with the proven success of these meds wins out hands down over anything else. Is it maybe just that people don't understand that this is an autoimmune disorder? Maybe they don't even know what an autoimmune disorder is. I know that it can be confusing, heck, nearly three years in and I'm still learning! We can't simply treat the inflammation and the pain. We need to treat the disease. Your immune system, that thing within your body, designed to protect you against illness and infection actually attacks your body therefore making you sick when you have an autoimmune disorder such as juvenile arthritis. One specific alternative therapy that I have heard of a few times but never paid attention to is antibiotic protocol. It's come up a couple of times in my arthritis family circle (love them!). I never looked into it because it simply didn't sound sensible to me. For one thing, you use antibiotics to kill a bacteria making you sick, there IS no bacteria making these kids sick. For another, how many times have we heard that antibiotics are being over used in kids and therefore a great many of them no longer work?! Most pediatricians refrain from prescribing antibiotics anymore unless for serious infection because of this. So why would I treat my child's autoimmune disorder with antibiotics? I doesn't make a bit of sense to me. Well, there is a group that has made frequent visits to my blog. I keep seeing them pop up but never thought to look into who they are or what they are about. The name of their site didn't ring any bells, but it possibly should have. Antibiotic protocol is right in the name. Finally, the other day it registered with me so I went to their site and looked around. They are of the belief that antibiotic protocol is the ONLY route to take and basically we are all fools for thinking anything different. As the title of this post says, "To Each Their Own". Treat your child's disease however you like, it's not my place to judge you, shame you or mock you. Shouldn't we get that same courtesy? And why hide out in the shadows? If you are going to visit our blogs, our discussion boards, etc., Why not speak up? You see what they are doing, and there is only a handful of them, they visit our blogs and boards, not to help us, not to educate us, but to gather information about us and our kids to share amongst themselves. WE make our lives, our stories, our information public because we want to reach out to people, have people reach out to us and all be there together for on another on this really crappy road. Why are they hiding? Not only is my blog public but I also don't moderate comments. I have been told that I am crazy for doing this. I have nothing to hide, I'm only here to help. On their site, not only do they keep certain areas under lock and key, it states clearly, "Don't mess with us. No exceptions. The WTF Management Team.". Well now, isn't that just a warm and fuzzy welcome? So basically if you don't agree with what they say, don't bother registering, becoming a member and voicing your opinion. I can't even find anything on their site or on another that they recommend that even says how AP works. What do you take? How often? For how long? They talk a lot but don't actually say anything. I plan on asking Jenna's doctors at Duke Children's this week about AP because I like to be educated and well informed. I'm actually very eager to hear what they have to say about it. My blog will continue to be public and comments will continue to not be moderated. I have a lot of people finding this blog by searching key words. If I can help even one person feel as though they are not alone then it's worth it. And if you have something to say? Say it. I won't delete your comment. Just be prepared for the comments that follow. I've been attacked once already on here, we Moms stand STRONG and UNITED.