Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Posts Without My Consent and the Little Boy With Hodgkin's

I made a mistake thinking I could share my Mypoints link through my blog. I love the program and do support it. I have gotten a whole lot of gift cards just by clicking e-mails. I signed up for some newsletters too but over the years I have had probably 10 giftcards ranging from $10 to $25. It's pretty nice. BUT I put the e-mail address of this blog in because they didn't have a way to post a link individually. I thought perhaps the e-mail would just show a link but unfortunately it sends out an entire html e-mail. Not only that? It keeps resending! I am not posting these Mypoints e-mails. It's like junkmail posted to my account. It keeps doing it too. I might have to change the e-mail address of this blog so it won't work anymore. I get on here in the morning and there it is. Another Mypoints e-mail. So I made a HUGE mistake trying that out.

On another note, I was reading about that little boy who was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma. His mother was denying him treatment and opting instead for the alternative route. With treatment his cancer is 90% curable, without it, it's most certainly fatal. In my opinion denying him treatment just to avoid drugs or be natural is nothing more or less than child neglect. The judge ordered a doctor to examine this child and it was proven the tumor has spread due to her negligence. Do I think she believes she is doing the right thing? I think she thought so. I think she was brainwashed into thinking she had to do it...for religious reasons or whatever. I don't know why people do not see doctors as the gifts God gave us for healing? Why can't they believe that doctors are exactly the way God wants to heal us? I thank God for doctors everyday. I know they aren't all great, but many are.

I know how sick I felt at my worst. I didn't know how I would last one more day feeling the way I did. I thought for sure I'd die any second and to intentionally put a little boy through this just tears my heart up. On a good note the judge is ordering the boy be allowed to finish treatment. He has a long life ahead of him with this medicine. I absolutely agree in this case that the judge should intervene. I think in cases of child neglect the law SHOULD intervene and that's exactly what this is. The child will die without treatment. So I think it qualifies.

8 comments:

Tina said...

First let me say that I REALLY enjoy your blog, and I visit regularly. However, I do have to disagree with you on this. One thing I think is great about me not having health insurance is that I get to choose my treatments. Whether or not something is child neglect, or personal neglect, really is just opinion. Personally, I do not have a M.D., rather I seek what our Western civilization considers alternative medical care. There are many different ways to approach the same thing, and we should be free to do just that. A lot of times we get worse before we get better. That is not unusual. My point here is that everything is a matter of perspective and opinion, and I do not believe that we should ever have someone else's pushed on us when it comes to our health. Cancer is VERY prevalent in my family, and I am at great risk. I absolutely NEVER want chemo or radiation. That should be my choice. Should it not?

Please let me emphasize that I am not being argumentative here. I am just sharing another perspective on the issue.

Sandi said...

Tina thank you for your opinion. I know there are differing opinions on this. I would have died without my treatments in 3 weeks or less. There is no doubt about this. Chemo and radiation saved my life and I am thankful for them. I know how sick I felt and how I wished I could just die rather than spend one more second in pain. I would have hated anyone who forced me to suffer longer. So for the parents to deprive him of medication that will almost certainly save his life I cannot understand. This is obviously one of those things that people will have to just agree to disagree. I feel pretty strongly about religions and cultures depriving children of life saving treatments. As adults yes we can make our own choices and we have the right to say yes or no to a medicine. NO doubt. But this is a child and I feel it involves so much more than just a parents belief in modern medicine or alternative medicine. The child is suffering. I cringe thinking of what he is feeling. I wouldn't wish it on my worst enemy. I do appreciate your thoughts and I do respect your opinion! :)

Sandee said...

I too believe in doctors. I so fear for this young man. One wonders what her real objections are for treatment. I know if it were my child I would do anything and everything possible to keep them alive.

Have a terrific day Sandi. :)

Glynis said...

To quote Tina...That should be my choice. Should it not?
Yes we are all entitled to our own choices but as a child, we depended on those who made choices for us. Their voice was ours, this mother had to make a choice, she feels it is the right one, I on the other hand feel it is a wrong one. When I was a nurse I saw so much of this,(blood transfusion vs religion), it was hard watching the child die, knowing that treatment would give them a whole lifetime. I used to bite my tongue, when the distressed parent then said "why did my child die?", regrets are too late. sorry rambled on a bit there. I am glad the judge stepped in, if the child then say's enough, so be it.

Mikes said...

Great Job in standing up for that child! God Bless you!

Melissa said...

If the child was able to say he did not want the treatment, and understand what that means, then I would say he made the decision. But, because he is learning disabled, can not read or write, then he can not understand the consequences of his actions. He was interviewed, without the mom, and they found that he does not understand what the two treatments are, and what they will do for him. This mother is acting out of her own selfish reasons, and should be charged with child neglect.

Tita Beng said...

When someone's life is in real danger but she/he doesn't see it that way, I guess somebody has to act on her behalf. i.e. a girl walking on a railroad tract with an oncoming train. She could be unaware or aware but choosing to commit suicide. Aint it just right that somebody has to jump in and take her off the track? This is just my opinion.

Leanne said...

Yep. I agree with you and although I can see the other side, until this child is twenty-one, and can maturely look at the odds himself he needs the treatment. Because from what I'm reading it looks like the chemo is the only he'll get to twenty-one and so he CAN make the decisions for himself...