Hello there! I wasn’t sure I was going to post today but decided writing would clear my head before heading to bed early. Kyle is already out lol! That darn time savings stuff and how much earlier it gets dark out doesn’t help either. We are both very tired after the fantastic visit with family for Thanksgiving. Kyle’s brother Mark, his wife Tami and their three awesome kids drove down from Delaware to celebrate the holiday with all of us. The weather was perfect and I got to experience why Tim and Beth chose to live in more secluded place….the night sky! This morning, around 4:25 am or so, I was up to take the dogs out and saw a huge falling star streak across the sky! The stars are so bright where they live, little to no light pollution!
What was funny was before the star shot across the sky I remember thinking, “Are you there God? It’s me Jackie!” The answer was there before I even finished the thought in that streak of light. I just couldn’t get enough of that celestial tapestry they have at their place! You just stand beneath it in awe, wonder and the thought, “How great thou art.”
It was fantastic to get caught up with everyone. Some of the things we talked about however, broke my heart and Kyle’s parents too. You don’t ever want to hear your child, who is among three of their boys who have or are still serving in the military, tell you what we heard Mark has been going through. He is serving in the Guard and is suffering from side-effects of the Anthrax vaccine. There is nothing he can do legally about it since he’s still employed for another 2 years. They are having to pay a $500 co-pay for injections to treat abnormally low testosterone levels caused by the shot! His story fuels my strong feelings about military service. His story is just another reason why I encourage young people considering military service to find another option!
Hearing him talk about what he’s been going through physically and emotionally with this brought me to tears and I felt very angry. He’s pretty sure at some point he’s going to have to deal with cancer or some other illness from just the injections he’s getting now and they have three young children!
I found this post from back in 2009 that gives a little insight into what Mark and Veterans like him are going through:
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
No weapons of mass destruction found in Iraq, but forced anthrax vaccinations are back anyway
Meryl Nass, M.D.
January 20, 2007
The bad news is that the Pentagon has begun giving mandatory anthrax vaccinations to soldiers, despite the lack of a formal announcement.
In late October 2006, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs, William Winkenwerder, M.D. ( http://www.ha.osd.mil/ha/winkenwerder-bio.cfm ), announced that the mandatory anthrax vaccine program was to be reinstated in about two months, after new policies were issued. Although the policies are still pending, perhaps due to the fact that a new Secretary of Defense began his tenure after the announcement was made, the military has begun widespread vaccinations, often during boot camp. Previously, vaccinations were generally given to soldiers right before deploying, when they were more seasoned.
One may surmise that vaccinating soldiers with a controversial and dangerous vaccine as soon as they begin active duty was carefully calculated: the new recruits won’t have the opportunity to learn about all the problems associated with this vaccine in advance of their inoculations. By making no formal announcement of the resumption of vaccinations, the Defense Department forestalled public discussion of the program in the media, which would likely lead to undesirable publicity, when the military is already enmeshed in a very unpopular war and trying hard to “look good.”
Here are the facts about the vaccine:
1. FDA only approved the vaccine manufacturing plant in January 2002 under pressure from the administration, as a result of 9/11. The renovated plant was still not able to produce sterile vaccine! The compromise led to all vaccine batches being trucked to Washington State, to be bottled by another company with cleaner procedures.
2. The recipe and method for making vaccine did not change since 1998, according to the manufacturer’s testimony to the Institute of Medicine in 2001. Thus there is no reason to think this version of the vaccine is any better than the old version.
3. Unfortunately, I am still contacted several times a week by soldiers who received post-renovation anthrax vaccine, but became sick with the same illnesses that were caused by older vaccine lots. Although some lots of vaccine may be worse than others, please do not assume that any lots are completely safe. The vaccine component(s) causing the illnesses remains unknown.
4. Many studies of Gulf War veterans suggest anthrax vaccine caused or contributed to chronic illness in those veterans. The only studies that claim the vaccine is safe were performed by the Defense Department. Most of those studies were supervised by the same individual, Colonel John Grabenstein, who was the director of the military’s vaccine program. Colonel Grabenstein claimed that NO chronic illnesses resulted from anthrax vaccine. Yet on the anthrax vaccine package insert, FDA explains why those military studies had serious problems and cannot be relied upon.
5. Anthrax vaccine reactions are unfortunately very common. Most soldiers who have been in the military for long know several people who became ill and/or disabled shortly after receiving anthrax inoculations. I estimate that 10% – 30% of all soldiers who have been vaccinated have developed some medical problem as a result. Some are minor, some severe. Many airmen have lost the ability to continue flying (DNIF).
6. The most common side effects are new pains in muscles and joints. Short-term memory loss and periods of confusion are also common. Fatigue and problems sleeping usually accompany these symptoms. Some people develop inflammatory bowel disease, with severe, sometimes bloody diarrhea. Some develop other autoimmune disorders, like lupus erythematosus, multiple sclerosis, and reactive arthritis. Rashes are common. There have been many cases of low testosterone. Thyroid disorders appear commonly.
You can download vaccine adverse event reporting system (VAERS) reports since 1998 from the FDA website to see what kinds of medical problems were experienced following anthrax inoculations, according to the nearly 5,000 soldiers who have reported them to FDA.
You can read about a study of the anthrax vaccine VAERS reports by independent researchers Mark and David Geier at:
7. Sometimes other vaccinations bring on recurrent symptoms. Sometimes odors begin to trigger symptoms. Some people improve over time; some stay the same; some worsen. A few have died. There is a suspicion that thyroid cancer may be caused by the vaccine, and breast or cervical cancers in females. Military statistics from the Defense Medical Surveillance System Database indicate many more hospitalizations for those problems after anthrax vaccination, compared to before vaccination. See the military’s own statistics at: http://books.nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=10310&page=246
What can soldiers do when faced with the anthrax vaccine? It seems we are in a legal gray area now. Personally, I would ask to be given informed consent. I would ask for a copy of the vaccine label to review, which can be found at: http://www.fda.gov/CBER/label/biopava0131022LB.pdf
No one has been court-martialed for refusal recently, and ASD Winkenwerder did not say what punishments might be used against vaccine refusers last October, when he announced the program was to be restarted.
You are welcome to contact the Military Biodefense Vaccine Project (http://www.military-biodefensevaccines.org/) and firstname.lastname@example.org for a discussion of your personal situation with a knowledgeable volunteer.
Meryl Nass, M.D.
On a more positive note….
The visit allowed me to get to spend some time with Mark and Tami’s three children Laci, Alex and Owen. This was very precious to me as we so seldom get to see each other and as most know, kids grow up so darn fast! The weather was fantastic and I had a hankering to do some chalk drawing but I had left mine at home. My mother-in-law Beth happened to have a couple pieces of chalk on hand, so their youngest, Owen and I went out at first and then Alex and Laci joined us. We traced shadows of their bikes and them lol. It was a lot of fun and they really did a good job!
We had a pizza party on Wednesday and traditional faire on Thursday. I was hoping Beth would go easy on herself. One of these years I’ll get her to do that! Her and Tim always make sure the holidays are full of great food and fun. We also had 6 dogs in addition to all the extra humans this year. There would have been more but Mark and Tami kenneled their dogs as they weren’t sure how their large dogs would do with a bunch of, as my Mom so aptly calls them, “yipper shitters.” LOL!
I decided I was finally ready for the camera Tim and Beth had offered me awhile ago. It’s a Nikon Digital Camera D5100 with lenses you can change out. It’s very similar to the high quality camera’s I used to use a lot in my younger days when I was stationed in Europe. So now comes the learning curve and so far so good. I love the responsiveness of it compared to my poor old Canon I’ve used to death and the dying cell phone camera. So the quality of my pictures for posts will be better. I’m probably going to have to go through and cull pictures from older posts again soon….not much room left!
Anyhew…time to close. Hope those who celebrated the holiday had a great time and just finds anyone stumbling in here on purpose or by accident doing great! Keep your inner lamps lit! Love and Hugs through the wires!
Great line from Stranger Things 2, episode 5 – Murray Bauman
“You’re being naïve Nancy! those people, they’re not wired like me and you okay? They don’t spend their lives trying to get a look at what’s behind the curtain. They like the curtain, and open the curtain behind that curtain. So the minute someone with an ounce of authority calls bullshit, everyone will nod their heads and say, See? Ha! I knew it was bullshit. That is if you even get their attention at all.