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  1. Jedi_Lover Force Ghost

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    Ouch! Now that is a rough delivery. My son's wasn't that bad. He only spent a week in NICU and resulted in only mild CP. He was very, very lucky.
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  2. DarthIshtar Chosen One

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    I have had such an exhausting week but TGIF is so the phrase for afterwards. I don't have to work on Monday. I'm going to the welcome-home party for the little brother of my piano teacher on Sunday, but I really can hang out in sweats for most of the weekend and then find a dress to wear for Sunday.
  3. Dantana Skywalker Manager Emeritus

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    Just watched the 2009 Trek again. I was in the mood for it. Interestingly, most of the skirts worn by Starfleet are knee-length ones. I wonder why active-duty uniforms are miniskirts aboard ship. I mean, besides miniskirts being "in" in 1967.

    As for the childbirth scene, that part tears me up every time. Winona having the baby, knowing her husband can't be there and is going to die, and George sacrificing himself to save everyone? The feels, man! And the whole Sherlock Holmes/Star Trek interlacing makes my brain hurt.

    I was born three months early, at ~26 weeks, and it was pretty much a horror story, too. The doctor didn't show up, the nurses delivered me with a bunch of med students looking on but not helping. They accidentally ran the wheels of the bed over the one remaining sheet (they hadn't even cleaned the bed off from the last patient when my mom was wheeled in, she was horrified), so Mom had to have me on one little corner of the sheet, and they threw the old stuff across the room in their haste, and it hit the wall halfway up with a splat and slid down the wall. To top it off, my placenta had disintegrated and the umbilical cord had twisted shut and broken, so they had to rush me off before Mom got a chance to hold me, so all she saw was a baby that looked like it was covered with sores. So she's trying to figure out what's happening when the doctor *finally* walks in, sets down his clipboard, and says, "You need to think about what you did to make this happen, because babies don't just fall out."

    I'm really surprised my dad didn't kill him right then and there.
  4. Jedi_Lover Force Ghost

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    What the....? I sometimes wonder if all doctors have socialization problems. Most of them have the worst bedside manners.

    My son's birth wasn't too horrific, but the lead up to the birth was stressful. We were stationed at an Army post in NY and we were about to transfer to the Washington DC area when I found out I was pregnant. So we did the normal tests. A couple weeks before we are to move I was called in and told the blood tests show my son has Downs Syndrome. The doctor said it was more common for old mothers like myself. Grrrrr! Great...first tell me my child has a genetic defect and then tell me I'm old and the cause of this.

    I asked for a second opinion and was told it would not help...and therefore the Army was not going to do it. But they will send me to talk to the genetics counselor. That appointment was scheduled in four weeks. That's the earliest they can get me in. I told them I was leaving in two weeks. "Oh, then you have to wait until you sign into your new assignment and then make an appointment there."

    So I have to wait two weeks. Move all my stuff down to a new location, move in, make an appointment...and the earliest I can get is a month later. Meanwhile I am stressing out about the health of the baby. The one thing I did have was my medical records. Back then the military let you hand carry them to your new post. I start going over all the lab results. I got online and researched this blood test and realized they made a mistake. They put in the wrong fetal age when they drew the blood. Using the correct age the calculation would indicate the baby was normal.

    So when I get to see the geneticist a month later I tell her I think they made a mistake. She looks at it and agrees, but they are going to run some tests to make sure. So they do some ultrasounds and check other things about the baby. During the ultrasound I told the technician that the baby should be fine, there was a mistake made. He said, "I wouldn't be so sure. The baby has a thick nuchal fold and that indicates Down Syndrome. I think the recalculated results is now giving you a false negative.

    I couldn't believe what I was hearing. So when I went home I researched nuchal fold and found out that there was no set standard when it came to fetuses of my son's age. Meaning it is a good indicator up to so many weeks, but after that there is no set standard of what would be a good measurement or not. So I convince myself that it is okay.

    Then I go to a heart doctor to check the baby and he tells me there are holes in my son's heart. I am like, "You got to be freaking kidding me!"

    So a new appointment is scheduled for a few weeks later with a different system at a different hospital and they tell me it is all okay. So now I am relieved. I give birth and I am freaking out because I never had an amnio and I never confirmed if he had Downs Syndrome or not. They tell me, "You have a healthy baby."

    I am thrilled. It was a difficult birth and ended up in an emergency C-section, but he is healthy...for a few hours. Then the doctor said, "You may want to watch him...I saw him moving funny and it may be a seizure."

    Sure enough he started seizing. They send him to another hospital that had a NICU. I am told he suffered a severe stroke and it caused brain damage of the entire left parietal lobe.

    This was totally kriffed up. I then spend the next few months fighting to get the Army to pay for early intervention physical therapy. They wanted to wait until he was older. He was in therapy for ten years.

    He is now an "A" student and a monster of a man. Twelve years old and he is as big as his dad. He plays football, he is in the band playing trombone, is in the robotics club and scouts. The lingering side effect is he can't use his right hand well. He only has gross motor control.

    I look back at the doctors and just want to strangle them. That was one of the most stressful times of my life.
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  5. Briannakin Grand Moff Darth Fanfic Manager

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    Well, the doctor made a mistake in my mother's case by not ordering a c-section before she collapsed my umbilical cord. Sadly it wasn't the first time she made the mistake, but apparently the first kid she did this to is a complete vegetable, so I guess I was lucky. I spent 2 weeks in the NICU and I have moderate cp (but since I have the rarest type of cp, it's kinda hard to put me on a scale).

    Wow. What a jerk to say that. Sometimes women go into premature labour and nothing can be done. There is a girl who I've known since I was like 8, her and my mom are friends, her mother had her at something crazy like 23, 24 weeks. She's actually one of the most premature babies born in Canada to survive. She has severe CP as well as cognitive delays. Her mother had like 4 miscarriages before having her. She has 2 younger brothers who were also premies, but they are fine, but I think their mother had another 3 miscarriage between them.

    Edit: JL, that is one eventful pregnancy. My mother's pregnancy with me was fairly boring up until the birth. But she was told that she was going to have twins at one point, but in the same breath, the doctor was like oops, that is just a really long arm, not a leg. It's hilarious because my younger brothers are twins.
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  6. Jedi_Lover Force Ghost

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    I know! Did he think she spent the hour before going into labor jumping on a trampoline while smoking cigarettes and doing beer bongs! What the hell CAN you do that would make a baby fall out? When I was pregnant I was never warned about any particular activity that would result in that. The doctor knew the hospital did a piss-poor job and he went on the offensive. I've seen this a lot with people who cannot or will not take the responsibility for things that go wrong under their watch.
  7. mavjade It's so Fluffy Fanfic & New Movies Manager

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    Let's remember that some people really don't deal well with blood and guts stories. I don't have a problem with people sharing but we also want everyone to feel welcome in here so if you think it might bother someone, maybe put it behind a spoiler tag and give a warning.
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    Whew, those are some birth stories! Kinda makes me not want to have kids! :p


    Babies don't fall out but sometimes when they are ready, they come pretty darn quick. My mom thought she was having false labor with me since she had it with my brother and didn't go right to the hospital... she almost had me in the elevator on the way to L&D.
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  8. Jedi_Lover Force Ghost

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    A friend of mine delivered his own baby. His wife woke up in the middle of the night and said, "It's time!" They get dressed and start down the stairs. It was a stairwell that had a turn with a small landing where the turn was. She stopped and sat down and said, "We can't make the two mile drive to the post hospital." He got on the phone and either called 911 or the hospital and while the ambulance was on the way (it took just a few minutes to get to his house) he delivered the baby on the stair landing. They had a healthy baby boy. He said it was just a five minute process.

    I am thinking FIVE MINUTES OF LABOR! How lucky can you be.
  9. Idrelle_Miocovani Force Ghost

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    Wow, these are some really crazy birth stories! I, unfortunately, don't really have any to contribute. Other than my dad got into an argument with the doctor about what day I was going to be born. The doctor said that I was going to come on my mom's due date. My dad said that I was going to come a few days later - he was going off the incredibly scientific proof that since both my sisters were born on a Sunday, he therefore had a feeling that I was going to be born on a Sunday, too.

    Sure enough, I was born on a Sunday. :p

    And then there's my sister, who missed being born on my mom's birthday by fifteen minutes. My mom claims that my sister intentionally prolonged the labor so she could have her birthday all to herself. Ironically, my sister now shares her birthday with three other people in our family. May 12th seems to be a really popular birth date, for some reason. :p
  10. Jedi_Lover Force Ghost

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    My husband and I got in an argument with the cops on the way to the delivery room. We are driving the 30 miles to the post hospital late at night. We get to a red light when we are just a few miles from the military post gate. There was nobody at the intersection. The road was deserted. So he looked both ways and went through the red light. There was a cop car in a local parking lot that saw it so it comes after us with lights flashing. I am telling my husband to stop, but he said, "He can follow us to the hospital."

    So he ignores the cop. Soon another police car comes behind and then a third. My husband pulls into the post gate (this was pre-9/11 so the gate was unmanned). The civilian cop cars continue following us. I am screaming for him to stop before they pull a pitt maneuver on us, but he is Sith so he does whatever he wants. We come around a corner and there are two MP cars blocking the road. I can't say for sure that they had their guns drawn, but in my mind they did. Finally my husband pops his head out of the window and screams that his wife is in labor. I roll down the window and I am screaming, "Get me to the hospital!"

    So they escort us to the hospital. When we get there a young Military Police officer comes up to me and says, "Are you really in labor?"

    I think at that point my eyes turned a Sithy yellow and I yelled at him sounding very much like the demon possessed Regan MacNeil in the Exorcist, "YES, I'M IN LABOR!" I get out of the car and I am so big it looks like I am smuggling a beach ball under my shirt. The MP gets all panicky and gets me a wheelchair from inside.

    By the way, this is the pregnancy that went so screwy later on. Fun, fun, fun.
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  11. Briannakin Grand Moff Darth Fanfic Manager

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    Sorry if I grossed anyone out. I didn't think I went into very much detail in any of my posts.

    My siblings and I were all born on Wednesdays (I got born on one at 11:59pm, so it was fate :p). According to that rhyme, Wednesday's child is full of woe/fears no foe (depended on the version) both describe us all accurately.

    My sister was due around our mother's due date as well. My mom thought 'I don't want to give birth on my birthday.' My sister ended up being over 2 weeks late, and this was in August AND they lived in a very warm part of Canada AND it was during a heat wave. Temperatures reached like 40 degrees C (about 100 f) each day.

    My mother never got a break with her pregnancies. My brothers had to be born a month early because their weight combined was over 13 pounds and my mother is a very short woman, so she could barely breathe.
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  12. Idrelle_Miocovani Force Ghost

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    Let me guess: BC or south-western Ontario. :p

    We just finished a ~30 C heat spell in south-western Ontario. Most people loved it. I hated it. Threw myself into Lake Huron even though it's still brutally cold.

    Your poor mum. [:D] My cousin is 4'10" and though she wasn't carrying twins, her first pregnancy was brutal since her daughter turned out to be a fairly big baby.
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  13. Jedi_Lover Force Ghost

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    Is today the anniversary of the Star Wars release in 1977? For some reason I think it is.
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  14. Iverna Force Ghost

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    Yep! It came out 36 years ago today.
  15. Jedi_Lover Force Ghost

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    I think ROTJ came out 30 years ago today also.
  16. Iverna Force Ghost

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    I think that was a few days ago, actually, but I couldn't be sure. It's definitely this year though! I can state that with confidence. :p
  17. Jedi_Lover Force Ghost

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    I looked it up on Wiki and it says May 25th. They could be wrong. ESB was May 21st, though. I remember May 25th because it was the date I graduated from the military academy I attended.
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  18. Iverna Force Ghost

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    Oh, I guess it was the 25th then! Cool :D Belated celebration! Yay!
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  19. Briannakin Grand Moff Darth Fanfic Manager

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    Calgary, actually. I was the one born in southern BC. I think she said it was quite warm around the time she had me too. My mom is only about 5'1" or 2". There are actually very few pictures of her near the time she had them in early march, but we found some of her taken at that Christmas, and even then it's comical how massive she was.

    It's currently 20 degrees here. I'm loving it!

    Weren't all the release days within like 10 days of each other? And I think GL's birthday is also coming up or just passed.
  20. Dantana Skywalker Manager Emeritus

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    The doctor didn't have socialization problems, he was just a grade-A butthead. His nurses sued him for malpractice because he kept sleeping with his female patients, and when he was on the stand, he actually said, "What do you want me to do, treat only ugly women?" Yeah, he lost his license.
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  21. DaenaBenjen42 Force Ghost

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    I don't have a crazy birth story, but my oldest nephew tried to come early and ended up being a September baby on or near his birthdate, and that morning my sister totally did not want to go back to the hospital AGAIN, because we'd practically been living there for a month.
  22. Jedi_Lover Force Ghost

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    Oh wow, that is the epitome of a narcissist.
  23. Idrelle_Miocovani Force Ghost

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    Oh cool! I'm moving to Calgary in a year or so, actually (for an MFA in Playwriting at U of C - what am I getting myself into? 8-} )

    Anyway, my general impression from people I know who have been pregnant during summer months is that the heat is not fun.

    Woah. Crazy. He just sounds... awful.

    You know, stories like this one make me really disappointed. It's so important to be able to, you know, talk genuinely and honestly to people and provide comfort. I understand how busy and stressful being a doctor is, but that doesn't mean you can't be kind and understanding.

    One of my part-time jobs is being a standardized patient for nursing, paramedic and med school exams for the two universities and the college in the area. While the majority of the job is to play out your role in the simulation, the most important part is to provide good feedback. One of the things we focus on is their bedside manner and how we feel while they're assessing us - usually the students are so nervous and anxious that they just want to focus on getting the right diagnosis and getting through all of their checkpoints. The result is that they treat the SP a bit like a doll. But once you give the feedback, it immediately clicks with them how they can improve the environment. This particular SP program is really new and a lot of the students were freaked out by it at first because they had to interact with a real person instead of their peers or a dummy, but in the end almost all the students have found it beneficial. I hope that working with SPs will help them when they're in the field, working with real patients. :)
  24. Jedi_Lover Force Ghost

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    I just found out what all this screaming was about last night around my house. About midnight my husband was awakened by screaming and angry shouts. We live in the wilderness but there are other seasonal homes around the lake. Only a handful of the residents are full time. Anyway, because we are so isolated it is very unusually to hear anything at night.

    The next morning we went to find out what happened. It turns out one of the seasonal neighbors came up to the lake for the holiday weekend. He turned on the outside lights of his house to unpack his car. At that moment he realized all of his landscaping is gone. He had flowers and bushes and such. He looked over to his next-door neighbor's house and sees the exact plants and flowers planted in his yard. He went over and pounded on the door and got the other neighbor out of bed and there was a screaming fight. I'm not sure how they resolved the issue. Unless this guy thought the man moved, didn't he think the man would notice his flowers were missing and are now in the next door neighbors yard? :rolleyes:
  25. Dantana Skywalker Manager Emeritus

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    . . . Whaaaaa???
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