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MsDiagnosis, or, what’s in a name?

K’s sister was rushed to the hospital last week because in her twenty-first week of pregnancy, there’d been some complications that, as it turns out, are going to result in bed-rest for the duration of her pregnancy. While she was in the hospital, she’d had to stay in bed with her heels higher than her head for forty-eight hours, and she’d had a stitch put into her cervix (cerclage) in …

Five, alas…

Caleb turns five today. In fact, he was born almost exactly five years ago right now: 10:56 pm on August 24. He doesn’t want to be five–or rather, yesterday he didn’t want to be five, but this morning he woke me up (6:43) to say that “today is my birthday and i love you mommy and where are my presents?”  Getting pregnant with Caleb felt a little bit miraculous (after …

In Praise of Midwives

A fact: a gynecological exam is never going to rank up there with gelato, foot rubs, or clean sheets on the “life’s pleasures” lists. Even the word “speculum” can make a gal wince. And while I am certainly not a fan of those exams, I have to say that I look forward to my annual visits to my “lady doctor,” who also tended to me during my two pregnancies (and …

Diagnosis

This election – and maybe all US elections going forward, until we institute serious voting reform measures – will occur in the long shadow of What Happened in Florida in 2000 (and, to lesser degree, in Ohio in 2004). Much of what happened in 2000, however, I didn’t realize until I saw the HBO movie “Recount,” which is a fabulous – and maddening – dramatization of the grand-scale theft of …