by browncow (211 Posts), Fri Jun 03, 2005 08:26 am
I planned to participate in the Tampa walk-a-thon but couldn't even stand upright on event day! I plotted out the entire weekend: my birthday on May 6, the walk-a-thon on the 7th, and Mother's Day on the 8th.
Alas, my sciatica chose a most inappropriate weekend to render me walkless. [:(!]
Here I am a month later and finally able to stand straight without looking like a human S or hunchback! Anyone wanna walk now? [:p] Perhaps I can hold out until the next one!
I was quite pleased to read of the Toledo, Ohio, results; I was born in Toledo and my birthmother and brothers live in that area. I'd mentioned the walk-a-thon and this website to them and while they didn't participate, all have taken an interest in learning about preeclampsia and HELLP Syndrome.
When I found my birthmother in 2002, we discussed medical backgrounds and I was amazed at the similarities between my problematic pregnancy and those of her mother. My daughter was born at 29 weeks per full blown eclampsia and HELLP and her pregnancies were:
*my birth mother, oldest and born healthy
*boy born at seven months, Down's Syndrome, lived 11 days
*miscarriage at seven months attributed to "some form of toxemia"
*miscarriage at six months, again attributed to "some form of toxemia"
*boy born at seven months, undiagnosed PKU leads to mental retardation, death in 1998 at age 42
*girl born at six and 1/2 months, blind per retinopathy of prematurity, seven months in hospital (she is now an accountant for Discover Card and lives independently in Columbus)
*doctor ordered termination at seven months per, you guessed it, "some form of toxemia."
And yet another reason why all adoptees deserve potentially life saving medical backgrounds from their birth families, but that's a whole other topic...
Have a great day, ladies! [:D]