With Gavin being immunocompromised, the idea of scheduling these appointments didn’t seem safe or possible.
When we switched the boys to online school for the upcoming school year, the vaccine records became a problem. After explaining the situation, we were granted an extension, essentially giving us time to get things caught up once the world stopped falling apart. It’s more of a technicality because they are going to be home schooled this year and exposure to others will be none due to lockdown.
Anyway, I was seeking documentation from Gavin’s immunologist, verifying that he was immunocompromised and the school said that would be enough.
I spoke with Gavin’s doctor yesterday and she explained that as it currently stands, as long as proper precautions are taken, there should be minimal risk to Gavin, should I schedule Elliott and Emmett for their vaccine appointments. While I’m not a big fan of this idea, I do trust Gavin’s doctor and the boys need their vaccines.
I called Akron Children’s yesterday and explained what I needed. We have appointments scheduled for end of August. The reason for the timing is because we’re hoping to be able to get their flu shots done at the same time and eliminate the need for a second trip. More trips means more risk.
Flu shots should be available end of August so with any luck this will all work out for the best.
That being said, as of writing, the US has seen the largest single day growth in COVID19 yesterday and it’s rapidly getting worse. Ohio is spiking as well and this plan may need to be reevaluated in the coming weeks. If statewide lockdown is initiated again, appointments will be cancled anyway. For that matter, schools may likely be shutdown as well.
Anyway, that’s the hiccup that we had to work through. It’s frustrating for a few reasons but there were medical reasons for the delay with Emmett and it was a culmination of events that sorta created the issue with Elliott. Either way, it will be addressed and then we’re good to go.
Vaccines are so important and making the decision to veer off schedule, wasn’t easy. In Elliott’s case, there’s some confusion over his records but it appears that some of his vaccines slipped through the cracks. That certainly wasn’t intentionally done and as soon as this was discovered, plans were made to address it.
It’s tough to manage everything when there’s always so much happening. Special needs parenting isn’t easy and I’m doing the very best I can. Sometimes things slip through the cracks and all I can do is fix it when it’s discovered. Elliott’s situation really bothers me because I’m not sure what happened, but Emmett’s situation was by design and served a very real, medical purpose.
As of right now, we’re on course to filling in these gaps and moving forward.