He quickly replied: "ventilator, steroids, shunts, gtube, preemie IV food, incubators, vaccines, Synagis."
I read his list and thought, man, that is just scratching the surface. A text cannot contain what it took to get Jack to where he is today. The combination of medication, the equipment, the surgeries, the interventions, the transfusions, the antibiotics. The list goes on and on. I easily forget the amount of medical care Jack received from his first breath. And the science behind it all baffles the mind. How fortunate we are to live in a time when our son is alive because of these things! Just 30 years ago there was hardly a case of someone like Jack surviving. Today, because of these advances, micro preemies are living full lives.
You may wonder why I asked Jon that question. It's because as Jack's mom, I was mad. I was reading where a mother was lamenting her childhood and how bad it was that all her illnesses were quickly treated with antibiotics. And she was going to do things right this time around and tell us all in the process what "right" means. Instead of throwing antibiotics at an illness, her children would get a more natural or "wholesome" approach to their well-being. How wonderful for her to have that luxury. Reading further, she was praised in the comments for her wisdom and for her raging against "the man." Then she tried to sell some essential oils.
Friends, I have some righteous anger burning. There is something going on with our middle to upper-class American society. I am seeing it EVERYWHERE. We have lost our perspective. Things have been too good and not enough of us have seen life with medical struggle, without things like antibiotics. We have romanticized that which we do not know.
When we were getting our so-called over-abundance of antibiotics in the 80's, scientists were perfecting those antibiotics for premature infants. These are babies born with zero immunity and only live because of antibiotics fighting off infection.
Further, there are many places in this world that have zero access to even the simplest of antibiotics. Mothers are desperate for them as they watch their children die from preventable disease. And not only antibiotics, but medical care in general. Oftentimes, women walk 15 miles for a single vaccine for their child.
How privileged are we to complain about modern medicine. How shortsighted we are.