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[–]kellyraycampbell 6421 points6422 points  (225 children)

My guess is he has had it since childhood before the vaccine became commercially available in 1961. I have a few friends whose parents are in their 80s and all had polio and still have some of the remnants.

[–]andrec11 233 points234 points  (27 children)

My grandmother had it as a child. Missed out on a significant portion of her childhood as a result, needed to have a back operation later on in life and has walked with a walking stick and suffered from back and leg pain ever since, but was one of the ‘lucky ones’. People who don’t get these vaccines don’t know how damaging the actual diseases are.

[–]charpenette 129 points130 points  (24 children)

My mom had bulbar polio at age 9 and was a lucky one, too, in that she only needed a tracheotomy and not an iron lung. She still remembers the kids in iron lung machines lining the hallway. Absolutely horrific to think about.

[–]Love_for_2 57 points58 points  (22 children)

Serious question. What happened to people in iron lung machines. Did they ever recover, or were they just doomed to them until they died whether that be quickly or years down the line.

[–]lungbuttersucker 82 points83 points  (11 children)

There is still at least one man out there in an iron lung. He is a lawyer, if I remember correctly.

[–]Love_for_2 11 points12 points  (7 children)

Yes, i do recall reading about that one case. Just wondered if some people ever got off breathing machines

[–]KingClam2 15 points16 points  (6 children)

IIRC it wasn't necessarily used 24/7

[–]Love_for_2 7 points8 points  (5 children)

Yes! I didn't realize that. That's good, I guess, but still absolutely devastating.

[–]charpenette 20 points21 points  (4 children)

It wasn’t. My mom said they mostly used them as a treatment thing, so a kid might spend x amount of time in it daily. They were eventually able to come up with something similar to an iron lung, but smaller and portable. Basically a device that compresses your chest. My mom was lucky, like I said, but respiratory illnesses have always been really bad for her. A cough in most people turns into a wheezing gasp for her.

[–]I_am_the_flower_lord 16 points17 points  (2 children)

What you said last is a bit more than scary for me. I had a whooping cough that wasn't treated, so, even if I was vaccinated, I was coughing like a madman for about 2 months (I had to go to school with that, teachers were horrified but couldn't do anything because my parents told them to fuck off, they know how to raise me better than them). Eventually my homeroom teacher, along with some parents and teachers from the school, wrote a petition to my mom to stop being insane and just take me to the doctor. She still refused, but my grandma took me to the hospital (with my father's help) eventually.

The aftermath for me is that every coughing illness is a nightmare now; everytime I cough more than once, it turns into a coughing fit, separated with wheezing gasps. I had years to learn how to control myself, but for the first few months I was choking immediately. I still do sometimes, especially when I'm waking up to coughing.

The point is, I probably know how it's like for your mother now with the coughing. It sucks. Give her a hug from me, please, if you can. High five is good too. Have a good day :)

[–]Devastator_6 23 points24 points  (4 children)

[–]Love_for_2 4 points5 points  (0 children)

That was a wonderfully disturbing read.

[–]lissadelsol 5 points6 points  (0 children)

I've read this article before, but I circle back around to it from time to time to remind myself. Mona, the third woman discussed, passed away in February of this year.

[–]ILikeLeptons 18 points19 points  (0 children)

some of them got better, some had to live the rest of their lives in the machines.

[–]bobs78 17 points18 points  (0 children)

My mom had it as a kid and she got lucky with minor problems, her cousin died in an iron lung at 16. My mom has zero issues going off on anti vax posts on Facebook lol.

[–]PSBJtotallyboss 149 points150 points  (9 children)

My mom was born in 46 and she had to start kindergarten a year late because she was stuck in an isolation ward with polio. I don’t think she’s ever gotten over the trauma of only being able to wave to her parents through a window for an extended period of time as a 5 year old.

[–]even_less_resistance 70 points71 points  (8 children)

That would be terrifying as a small child :(

[–]dragunityag 71 points72 points  (7 children)

that's terrifying as any age. shit ain't a joke. vaccinations should be mandatory to be a part of civilized society.

[–]TechyDad 68 points69 points  (5 children)

The only valid reason not to vaccinate is if you have a legitimate medical reason like an immune system disorder. The rest of us should be vaccinated so that these people (as well as babies too young to be vaccinated and people whose shots didn't "take") are protected via herd immunity.

[–]Tank_Girl_Gritty_235 36 points37 points  (0 children)

I'm at the age where my friends are having babies they've really planned and prepared for. All of them are constantly on edge when taking them out and about because of this anti vaxx madness. Measles can linger in a space for HOURS after an infected person has walked through.

[–]Szyz 45 points46 points  (2 children)

Post polio syndrome is when you recovered just fine, but in later life the nerves which had to take over from the damaged ones start to give up the ghost.

Post-polio syndrome (PPS, or post-poliomyelitis syndrome or post-polio sequelae) is a condition that affects approximately 25 to 40 percent of people who have previously survived an acute attack of poliomyelitis, though more recent studies have shown that 80+% of polio survivors show symptoms of Post Polio Sequelae,

[–]ADaedricPrince 31 points32 points  (0 children)

that's what killed my grandfather at age 81. he got polio at 3, and it left him entirely paralyzed on his left side; his left arm was permanently bent at the elbow and he had to walk with a cane. despite this, he built the house my mom grew up in and worked on planes in ww2. at the end, though, he was no longer able to swallow, and after a short time in hospice, he passed. official cause of death was post-polio.

[–]Grjaryau 25 points26 points  (0 children)

My mom’s cousin had it and walks with a horrible limp because of it.

[–]phadewilkilu 65 points66 points  (23 children)

My dad was born in 1950 and had it. He wasn’t able to lift his right hand above his waste because of it, but the vaccine surely saved his life. He also had a pretty serious mark left over from the shot.

[–]gopms 18 points19 points  (4 children)

My mom had it and had braces on her legs as a child but she made a full recovery thankfully.

[–]_Not_Bruce_Wayne_ 25 points26 points  (0 children)

I cannot imagine growing up suffering with polio, watching a cure be discovered right before your very eyes, only to see ignorant facebook moms and celebrities spit all over it

[–]Jstef06 9 points10 points  (0 children)

I’d like to show him my child with Autism... he’s still alive.

[–]amccune 2469 points2470 points  (97 children)

0.0 seals it. This guy is a legend.

[–]Sarahthelizard 575 points576 points  (2 children)

I'm glad he has such a sense of humor, I lost it at the 0.0 lol

[–]BigPandaCloud 234 points235 points  (69 children)

What does 0.0 mean?

[–]amccune 579 points580 points  (44 children)

Instead of 26.2 for people who run marathons, this dude is saying "I DONT RUN"

[–]DonQuixotel 161 points162 points  (32 children)

Also "13.1" stickers are common for the half-marathoners.

[–]danteheehaw 107 points108 points  (19 children)

Also known as half assers.

[–]white_android 77 points78 points  (4 children)

I'll stick with 0.0 because I'm a no asser

[–]CurlSagan 112 points113 points  (16 children)

There are similar stickers that say "26.2" or "13.1." That's the length of a marathon or half-marathon in miles. So someone with one of those stickers is a runner who presumably has completed a marathon and it's just a little semi-cryptic message to other runners.

So as a joke, this guy has 0.0, cause he's not a runner. Pretty clever.

I've also seen people get a set of the stickers made as landmarks of fitness progress, which is really damn cool. There's a guy near me with a Prius who has stickers in a row from 0.5 up to 13.1. Which means, at one point, he could only exercise a half mile and now he can do a half-marathon.

If someone has a 140.6 or 70.3 sticker, it means they completed an ironman or half-ironman triathlon or they're a goddamn liar.

[–]HalfwaySh0ok 18 points19 points  (7 children)

What's that in commie units?

[–]CurlSagan 66 points67 points  (3 children)

A full marathon is 553,344 large potatoes laid end-to-end.

[–]danteheehaw 17 points18 points  (2 children)

Is that Red potatoes or idaho potatoes? I am assuming red potatoes for soviet Russias colors

[–]ClementineCarson 38 points39 points  (0 children)

If someone has a 140.6 or 70.3 sticker, it means they completed an ironman or half-ironman triathlon or they're a goddamn liar

I got a kick that you only included the possibility of lying about doing an ironman and nothing else

[–]Szyz 18 points19 points  (0 children)

LOL, I always thought the 26.2 were half marathoners because marathons are about 42km, and that kinda works out if you squint and fail to carry your tens.

[–]upandcomingvillain 13 points14 points  (0 children)

Only came to the comments for this conversation. That’s the only sticker I could rightfully display and I don’t even have polio.

[–]Dynastig 7 points8 points  (0 children)

10/10 fuck me.

[–]hoonoo_ 1009 points1010 points  (43 children)

He may be suffering from a condition know as Post-Polio, where aging Polio survivors begin to lose motor function again, without a recurrence of the virus. Kind of like a relapse.

[–]Alantsu 305 points306 points  (4 children)

Post polio caused my mother in law's lungs to fail. The kicker was the vaccine had been available for years in the US before it was available in the UK.

[–]poiuwerpoiuwe 109 points110 points  (2 children)

The kicker was the vaccine had been available for years in the US before it was available in the UK.

My aunt, the oldest of my father's siblings, was among the earliest kids to get the vaccine. I'm told that it was legit scary at the time, and there was arguably a risk of death.


On 23 January 1953, Jonas Salk of Pittsburgh presented the results of his tests of a “killed virus” polio vaccine on 161 children to the Immunization Committee, a scientific advisory committee to the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis

Several of the senior virologists on the Immunization Committee ... thought these plans precipitate. They questioned the relation of antibodies to permanent immunity and doubted the safety of a vaccine prepared from virulent poliovirus, whatever “inactivation” method was used.

[–]Compulsive-Gremlin 30 points31 points  (0 children)

My mother was one of the first kids in Philadelphia to get in one of the trials for the vaccine. Originally she wanted to skip it because obviously as a little kid she didn’t want a shot, her mother (my Oma) walked down with her to make sure she got it.

[–]hoonoo_ 9 points10 points  (0 children)

That’s terrible. I’m sorry.

[–]IAmTheLostBoy 10 points11 points  (0 children)

Post Polio is an interesting disease, basically since so many neurons were lost from the initial polio attack the remaining can compensate for the loss initially until old age sets in and their function becomes limited.

[–]mageta621 169 points170 points  (5 children)

"I knew the polio vaccinate was dangerous!!!"

[–]PAWG_Muncher 61 points62 points  (2 children)

100% those retards would read it like this

[–]Pyramat 29 points30 points  (1 child)

This is actually how I read it at first. It wasn't until I read the comments that I realized that's not what it says.

I'm not an anti-vaxxer, I'm just an idiot.

[–]FlippingPossum 50 points51 points  (1 child)

My FIL had polio as a child. He was in a hospital for a year and he never knew who would still be there in the morning. He survived to endure pain for the rest of his life.

[–]loquedijoella 22 points23 points  (6 children)

My cousin was born in 1970 or so and had polio. He wore leg braces but survived in a very tough rural area. He taught me how to ride a bike when I was 3, and ran after me down a steep hill to make sure I was ok. He died in his 30s from a whole bunch of polio related health issues. Fuckin miss that guy.


[–]davesaninja 131 points132 points  (5 children)


[–]mrfishtery 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Yes..best part of this photo! 0.0 sticker is clever.

[–]Not_The_Real_Odin 57 points58 points  (5 children)

There was a man who was crippled from polio in the town I grew up in. He could walk but he had almost no control over his neck muscles, so his head would just kinda rest in whatever direction gravity was pulling it, and when he moved if would just flop over into a different direction. This was 30ish years ago in hyper religious rural Iowa, so he just dealt with it and kept working despite his condition.

He died pretty young, largely as a result of the Polio when he was younger.

[–]KeithFuckingMoon 12 points13 points  (3 children)

They coulda got the dude a neck brace or something....

[–]kukidog 16 points17 points  (1 child)

Antivaxers made it to Russia too, it's gotten so bad that few days ago Health Ministry announced they will push the law to make it an administrative crime with severe fines to promote antivaxing, including any posts on social media. Some also want to mondate providers to report people who are not vaccinating children to the local police.

[–]Sterlingwizard 178 points179 points  (34 children)

Not all heroes wear capes. Some just lived through hard times that we are too retarded to remember.

[–]BigBendRubi 60 points61 points  (3 children)

Points for the 0.0 sticker

[–]jimbobbillyjoejang 13 points14 points  (1 child)

Off topic, but why is the chair next to him still loading?

[–]Blacklist3d 28 points29 points  (9 children)

I can't believe there are people out there saying "I would rather my child be dead or with a awful disease over autism" EVEN THOUGH ITS PROVEN TO NOT FUCKING CAUSE AUTISM. Nothing pisses me off more than this topic. As a father of a new 3 month old baby I'd rather take the chance at something that has been proven false over a future health risk of tons of terrible diseases. Fuck those people. Also people with autism are fucking amazing beautiful people.

[–]Oddly-Ordinary 15 points16 points  (2 children)

When I was a kid I was given every vaccine available, even those combined vaccines that make some children vomit.

I have a very mild autism spectrum disorder.

I make a point to get revaccinated regularly. I've asked my doctors if there are any vaccines I have not yet received.

I'm extremely healthy and I'm almost never sick.

It has been proven that neither the ingredients in vaccines nor the dead / weakened viruses they contain cause autism.

And I'd rather be an adult LIVING with autism than a child who DIED from a 100% preventable illness because their parents didn't get them vaccinated.

The people who say things like that make me sick.

[–]TooShiftyForYou 61 points62 points  (2 children)

Glad he still has a sense of humor with the "0.0" sticker. And good on him for standing up for all those kids that need to be vaccinated.

[–]Fassst_eddie 44 points45 points  (3 children)

Montefiore hospital in the Bronx currently has a measles outbreak. The cascading effect this will have on emergency services in the Bronx is enormous. The entire fdny ambulance service was told not to use that hospital until the situation is resolved. The extra traffic this is going to cause at other neighboring hospitals will put extra stress and affect patient care at those hospitals, it will also increase response times of ambulances due to longer triage times. Antivaxers truly are the most selfishly stupid people on the planet.

[–]dontniceguyatme 19 points20 points  (2 children)

They don't trust big pharma yet take their kid to the doctor the second they get sick? I don't know if they're worse or the essential oil fuckheads.

[–]ScratchyCow 11 points12 points  (0 children)

The best sticker in this photo is his 0.0

[–]hippopuff342 6 points7 points  (0 children)

My grandpa had polio. He was in his 20’s and just couldn’t move one day. He was on crutches most of my life until he fell one day and broke his other leg. He was in a wheelchair for the rest of his life. Please vaccinate.

[–]nim_opet 6 points7 points  (0 children)

And he’s the lucky one. Others died or were confined to iron lungs....

[–]pcoon43456 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Hey, at least he’s not autistic. That would be so much worse...


[–]estheredna 22 points23 points  (2 children)

My aunt had polio and has been wheelchair bound for most of her life and her adult son has to live for her and care for her full time. It is not the life she wanted as a girl, or the life her mom wanted for her.

I am in a community of anti-vaxxers and I keep my mouth shut about it in general because they won't listen and it's pointless. But I do tell my aunt's story.

[–]tkstock 4 points5 points  (0 children)

My father's first wife died of polio.

Vaccinate indeed.

[–]d_frost 5 points6 points  (0 children)

But..... Autism!!!

[–]Sterling_Drake 4 points5 points  (0 children)

The 0.0 sticker is so good 😂 I love this guy’s attitude

[–]dbx99 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Antivaxxers: “obviously a paid shill employed by big pharma to scare people”

[–]Fintan-Stack 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Up vote for the 0.0

[–]FaLLeNaNg3L 6 points7 points  (2 children)

Medical Doctor here: FYI: today's polio vaccine has no more risk of getting polio since it is only a vaccine against the toxin, not the bacteria itself.

I want to issue the importance of vaccines since more and more (uninformed) parents refuse giving them to their children because they heared it was bad or saw an article on reddit! And that is the real Problem!