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My five year old son has asthma, and his asthma is triggered primarily (or exclusively) by viruses. For some time, whenever he had a cold he'd end up with an asthmatic incident which could last a week; since he's been on Flovent and Singulair daily, the correlation isn't quite 1:1 but he still ends up in breathing trouble every few months. However, he has not needed oral steroids in almost a year and the asthma specialist is comfortable that his asthma is well under...
True, but she DID act as a prostitute to achieve her goals. And then there's the other biblical Tamar who was raped by her brother.     Which is NOT to say it is not a good name -- just things to be aware of when picking any name. Personally, I'd have trouble using it no matter how many wonderful people have borne the name since.
I've never heard of an "Ashrei" but I do know an "Ashira," which means "I will sing" and is the start of the verse: "I will sing to Gd all my life; I will make music for Gd while I exist; may my words be sweet to Him -- I will rejoice in Gd."   Linguistically, it could also be related to "osher," the root for the name "Asher."
For me, it's the incredible feeling of pushing the baby out and the freedom to walk around right after birth. And the fact that if I end up with a C-section I don't want to have to second guess whether my decisions started the process that led to it.   On transition: my first labor was horrible, horrible back labor. I couldn't sleep Sunday night because of the contractions. By Monday 5 PM, they were about 5 minutes apart. By 9 PM, 2-3 minutes apart and over a minute...
I had a visit on a Monday. I called the office that Thursday with a problem (dark red and hot to the touch swelling on lower leg) and their first reaction was to say accusatorily, "But you were just here on Monday!" Yes, but I didn't have this problem when I was there on Monday, so why does that mean I don't have a valid reason to talk to the doctor now? (The doctor sent me to the ER posthaste, it was just the office staff that was obnoxious.)  
I don't know about the darkening lines, but I know about bleeding! With my second, I hadn't yet had a PP period, so when I started bleeding I figured that's what it was. Until I kept bleeding heavily past day 4, when I tend to start drying up. I had a bunch of ICs and took a test just to see if anything was going on -- negative. Tested again every day for the next week and a half, all the while bleeding fairly heavily, to finally get a positive after two full weeks of...
So apparently there's been an outbreak of listeria in the US with at least 8 deaths since August linked to ingestion of Colorado cantaloupe.   The median age of affected persons is somewhere in the 80s, reflecting the general fact that listeria is often completely asymptomatic in healthy people. However, an asymptomatic pregnant woman can still pass it on to her fetus and listeria in a fetus is very scary.   So am I crazy for not eating cantaloupe? When I first...
I don't know.   My midwifery practice was all horrified when I scheduled my biweekly appointments in the 7th month three weeks apart because they didn't have any appointments available I could make that second week. Lo and behold, they called me in the morning of my three week appointment to cancel because the midwife was sick and just said to come to my next regularly scheduled appointment two weeks later and call in if there was a problem. So it was terrible for me...
On the GD mom topic, though, I have a friend who's been diagnosed GD in two pregnancies based on the tolerance tests. Her diet is super healthy -- no sugars, almost no processed foods, etc., and plenty of exercise. She started out trying to follow the official diet advice, but found it too burdensome to measure and count and eat by the clock -- but her sugars are always fine whenever she tests because her natural diet is good enough that the technical diagnosis of GD --...
My understanding is that GD can sometimes be general pancreas issues -- i.e., you would have developed diabetes anyway or already had and it was diagnosed during pregnancy -- but more often has to do with your body's reaction to some of the pregnancy hormones. Even so, it's a huge risk factor for developing diabetes later in life, so t's good to be checked periodically.   Based on what you've described, I would go on a diabetes friendly diet ASAP, because elevated...
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