Unless you’ve been living like a hermit lately and steering clear of any type of media (including the social kind), you’ll probably have heard of the measles epidemic that’s made an unwelcome appearance in South Wales.
At the time of writing this post, nearly 700 people in Swansea have been diagnosed with measles and Public Health Wales estimate that around 40,000 children across Wales have not been vaccinated due to fears surrounding the MMR jab, which was stirred up as a result of now discredited research by Dr Andrew Wakefield. This lack of immunisation means there’s a real risk that the illness could spread from Swansea to other parts of Wales and perhaps beyond.
Unsurprisingly, the subject of immunisation and children’s health is an important one for parent bloggers. One person who is witnessing this current spread of measles in Wales is The Boy and Me. She has written about how the measles epidemic is spreading through the schools in her area because so many children haven’t had their pre-school booster jab. Meanwhile, Liz over at The Mum Blog asks why wouldn’t you get your child vaccinated against measles?
I’ve also read a couple of older posts by bloggers about this subject; Ask the Midwife has a straight, informative post about measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) from November last year and Ellen at In a Bun Dance wrote about her experiences of speaking to people about the MMR jab last August. Ellen makes an interesting observation that it seemed as if “a child dying of measles was somehow preferable to a live one with autism.”
Elsewhere, Eliza has written about getting a confirmation of Tourette’s on her blog Mommatwo, declaring that she’s not seven flavours of crazy – just one. And Laura who writes My Life As A Mummy has written publicly about her Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD); what it is, how it has affected her and a couple of ways she can try to keep it under control.
Mirka at All Baby Advice has been having a difficult time since last year after learning that her father has terminal cancer. Her words are very poignant and touching, especially her latest post about her dad and how a part of herself is dying.
And Sandy (AKA Baby Baby) had a torrid time last month after being rushed to hospital and, with her condition so serious, realising that she hadn’t been able to say goodbye to her children. Thankfully, Sandy’s now feeling better but it’s certainly a sobering thought.
For A Mummy’s View, this last month has been all about hip dysplasia. It’s a condition she was diagnosed with as a child and was devastated to learn that her little girl also has the condition. Her daughter has started her treatment for the condition, which involves wearing a special type of harness (Pavlick harness) for 12 weeks and it’s cheering to hear that, at the end of week two in the harness, there seems to be some improvement already. As a mother whose daughter was born with a limb condition requiring long-term treatment (in my case it is talipes – clubfoot – that requires leg casts and then a ‘boots and bar’ foot brace for up to five years), I can relate to the difficulties that such equipment can bring and hope that the harness continues to work and bring improvements.
I’ll end this month’s round-up on a light note; Suzanne, who blogs at 3 Children and It, has discovered a new condition – endoftermitis. It’s a strange condition, only seeming to affect parents of school-age children and teenagers. Suzanne’s put together a handy list of symptoms so head on over and see if you’re a sufferer!