Archives for May 9, 2008

Give A Little

Shannon over at Cerebral Palsy Baby has been a great help and resource to me as I raise Charlie. Her own daughter, Darsie, is an itty-bitty, gorgeous child who happens to have hemiplegia. She is doing extremely well.

Well, Shannon is doing a raffle to help raise funds for the Pre-eclampsia foundation. Shannon herself had preeclampsia, which led to the premature births of both her daughters. For those of you who don’t know, preeclampsia is high blood pressure during pregnancy. Women who suffer from it can die or their babies can die. It is extremely serious and for the many women the only cure is to not be pregnant anymore.

Honestly, it’s kind of mind boggling that in this day and age, women and children are still dying from from something that appears so simple. If we can put a man on the moon, and live underwater, and give people fake limbs then surely some advances can be made to help women carry their pregnancies to term.

Shannon has all the details on her site here. For as little as a dollar you could win an absolutely gorgeous quilt. I don’t need to tell you that a handmade quilt is extremely valuable. Shannon is quite crafty and I know that whoever wins the quilt will be quite lucky. So. . . if you’ve got a few dollars to donate, head on over.

We Interrupt Our Regularly Scheduled Programming

To tell you that Charlie passed his swallow study today. I thought we were going to have a big problem getting him to eat food laced with barium–I shouldn’t have worried. The thin liquid they chose was apple juice. He went after that stuff and actually cried when I took it away. No aspirating at all. Did great on all types of solids too. The therapist at the hospital said she’d have no reservations giving him any food or drink.

The best part: NO MORE THICKENER! I just saved fifty bucks a month.

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