And now, a word from the old Dave
Is it just me, or does Iraq sound like Vietnam more and more each day? Do those of you old enough to recall, or those who studied the history, recall LBJ and later Nixon saying that any time now the South Vietnamese would be able to take the war over and handle the rest of it on their own? When I heard talk on the news yesterday of accelerating the hand off to a new Iraqi government, it was like deja vu. Of course, like Vietnam, we wouldn't leave. And Ryan reminded me of something I'd long forgoten on his site the other day with the chant "Hey, Hey, LBJ" He didn't complete it, but the rest of it goes "How many kids did you kill today?" Who was the wise person who said "those who refuse to learn from history are destined to repeat it"?
David Blaine [8:05 AM]
Good and Bad News
This is an update to the last post and a thank you for all the kind wishes. I am sad to say that the baby does have spinal bifida (sp?). There is a problem low on the spine in the lumbar region. If it were higher up the prognosis would be much worse, but there is still a probability of paralysis, at least below the waist, and possibly other nervous system problems. There is experimental surgery that might help now, but my daughter would have to remain in an out of state hospital from now until the delivery in March if they did that. She and her husband are opting to do surgery at birth instead. The good news is that they seem to be able to deal with this news and get on with their lives day to day now. I'm sure there will be better and worse days ahead for the rest of the pregnancy, but last night they were able to look at the bright side, if they didn't know about this and had the baby as a natural delivery in our small town hospital, the baby's chances for survival would be much worse. Now that we know, they will have the child at a hospital where doctors will be standing by to operate immediatley. Thanks again for your kind wishes.
David Blaine [8:00 AM]
I wouldn't be surprised if someone starts to think that I'm making things up. I'm not, but even I can't understand why so many problems have bloomed on my horizon in the last few weeks. Today my daughter was told her baby may have spinal biffida. She is 20 weeks into her pregnancy and just had her ultrasound. She can't get in to a specialist until next week, which is probably fine, but she is beside herself. She couldn't even come over to tell us, she sent her husband. She didn't want us to come over there either. There is always a possibility that the first doctor is wrong, but she must feel pretty strongly about it if she didn't wait to tell my daughter. It's too soon to know for sure what is wrong, how severe it is, and what can and can't be done.
On an up note, my sister in law will be able to start working on a reduced schedule soon, and my brother has been able to return to his job. thankfully her illness wasn't as serious as was first thought, but she needs time to fully recover.
David Blaine [12:33 PM]