It has been several months since I have written and I have missed all of you. I was a little burned out by trying to keep up with my interim Chair and clinical responsibilities as well as the blog, but the greatest reason was that ‘Blogger’ was misbehaving and had been for many months – you couldn’t leave your comments and I couldn’t respond. I felt like I was talking to the wall and it was the need for and the feedback I got from the interactions with all of you that had given me the energy and inspiration to keep going up to that point.
Well, we finally have a new Chair and last week, ‘Blogger’ must have gotten a fix because more than 900 comments showed up in my mailbox in two days! So, now I have another dilemma…there is NO WAY I can answer all of you. However, in one of the batches of mail was the note below from Danita. I want to share it with you because it reminded me what I envisioned and have attempted to provide as my role on this site and it has been a strong incentive to return to the keyboard today…..
Hello Dr. T--it's Danita. I originally posted a comment on your blog on August 14, 2008. I just wanted to give you a quick update. My son who was born at 26 weeks 6 days, and weighed 2 lbs. 9 oz. is now a healthy 9 month old. I was told like many of the other women that my baby probably wouldn’t make it. I was admitted to the hospital at 23 weeks after my water broke, and I was immediately placed on bed rest. I continued to leak fluid, and eventually after a week I did not have any fluid surrounding my baby. I was nervous, scared, and honestly confused by all of the facts that were being presented to me. I just wanted to let you know that I truly appreciate the encouragement that you provided to me as well as the other women that have, or are experiencing these difficult times during what is supposed to be the happiest time of our lives. You were honest, and gave me a sense of hope. After spending 4 long months in the NICU we finally got to bring him home in December of 2008. My son left the hospital a healthy baby with no medication, no oxygen--nothing. This is the same baby that I was told probably would not make it…I just had to share my journey, and my experience. I would like to send my condolences to the women on this blog who have experienced a loss. I have experienced that pain, and I know it is a very emotional time. I want to tell those same women along with all the other women on the blog to keep their faith strong. I know it is hard--- I’ve been there…but I wanted to share my story with all of you. I am not here to give you false hope, but maybe I can give you hope period. Dr. T— keep doing your thing! Thank you again, Danita
So, I am going to renew my pledge to push on with Fruit of the Womb. Although I will not be able to respond to all of the comments that have been left, I will try to catch up with the more recent ones and will certainly go back through ALL of the others to find common themes and situations that might be of general interest or are uniquely intriguing and thought-provoking. Much has gone on in Maternal-Fetal Medicine since we have talked last and I will try to catch everyone up on some of the more exciting advances as well.