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My daughter Megan has had open-heart surgeries. Her story is linked in my sig. Your doctors are right. Primum ASD's need to be fixed before school-age. And they do cause many problems later in life when left untreated. Good luck & I agree w/ your decision to look around at other pediatric heart centers.
I just wanted to tell you that my daughter, Megan (her story is linked in my sig) is very proud of her "zipper". She will be 6 in September.
Circumcision, hands down. It is a horrific, barbaric practice that should be illegal.
I don't have personal experience w/ kidney disease, but I did want to say that I'm pretty sure the high protein diets don't prevent Pre-e, etc. There's a lot of hype, but no real data. Someone please correct me if I'm wrong.
Rebecca, I just wanted to say 'Hi' and let you know that I think it is very, very brave of you to come here & say what you've said. It is extremely difficult to admit that we've made a mistake, especially where our children are concerned. My older son, Spencer (11yrs) is circ'd. It's a long story, but we didn't consent to the procedure & it was a mistake by the nurse & the doc doing the circ. I wasn't an intactivist then, but I am now. My younger son, Thomas...
Truly Gifted Children have special needs, just like kids with learning problems. In fact, many gifted children have specific learning disabilities. You could see this thread here at MDC: http://www.mothering.com/discussions...d.php?t=471061 or go to Hoagies. Lots of info there: http://www.hoagiesgifted.org/
Quote: YEP, YEP & YEP! I knew from the beginning something was wrong but I didn't say much about it and figured it was due to 2 m/c's I had a few years earlier. But further along I got into the pregnancy the feeling of "something's just not right" grew stronger and I noticed he didn't move much. My previous pregnancies with my other kids, ya know, they kicked liked little kick boxers, not Jonathon. He just stretched every now and again and that was it. U/S's...
How far are you from Mayo? They have an *excellent* pediatric cardiology program (Dr. CJ Porter used to be my ped. card.) If the surgery isn't emergent (needs to be done immediately), you might have time to get second & third opinions. Might be worth it to check it out
I posted on your other thread in the special needs forum.
My daughter had some heart defects that needed to be addressed just after she was born. Her story is linked (or should be) in my signature. The first thing I would do is make sure you're going to a top-notch children's hospital w/ a very experienced surgeon & ICU staff. Many studies show that the higher the volume of a particular type of surgery, the better the outcome. I also love this email list: http://tchin.org/support/pdheart.htm You do have to be a member...
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