"Giving birth is an ecstatic jubilant adventure not available to males.

It is a woman's crowning creative experience of a lifetime." ~ Dr. John Stevenson

"The Road Less Traveled..." of Parenthood

Following your instincts instead of the crowd

"Two roads diverged in a yellow wood...I took the one less traveled by and that has made all the difference."

Robert Frost

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

I've been published! Kind of...

The Gift of Giving Life blog has posted my story I titled "Joshua, Charles, and Talita--How We Came to Name Them."  The title on the blog is changed slightly which is good--mine was quite long.  I'm happy that I've now been able to share this story to more people.  Hopefully it will help other parents trust in their inspiration and know just how much their Father in Heaven loves them and wants to bless them!

Pretty cool that it was posted on my son, Tyler's birthday.  He would have been 20 years old.  Wow!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Guest Post by Elizabeth Carrollton

Raising Awareness about Safe Treatment for Pelvic Organ Prolapse
Pelvic organ prolapse, sometimes referred to as POP, is a condition that affects thousands of women annually. It is typically a complication that follows pregnancy, but it can also occur later in life due to a weakening of the pelvic muscles.
The most typical organ affected by POP is the bladder. If this organ shifts, and begins pressing on the vaginal wall, it can cause pain and other complications. Other organs that can be affected include the uterus and the rectum. A common treatment for POP is a surgical procedure that uses a piece of mesh, inserted transvaginally, to support the organs that have prolapsed.
Ideally, this procedure goes smoothly and there are few complications. However, as with all surgical procedures, there is risk involved and it is vital to be aware of the complications you may face if your doctor recommends a transvaginal mesh implant.
Over a period of three years, from 2008 to 2010, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) received more than 2,800 reports of complications associated with transvaginal mesh surgeries to fix POP and incontinence. One of the most common complaints was the protrusion of the mesh through the vaginal wall, which causes pain, bleeding and the possibility of infection.
Some patients also reported neuro-muscular problems following their procedure, as well as emotional problems. Other complications include shrinking and scarring of the vagina.
If your doctor has recommended this procedure for you, it is necessary to sit and discuss your options with them before agreeing. You may also want to seek a second opinion. Dealing with a specialist is typically best in this situation, since they will be more aware of the potential complications. Unfortunately, many doctors are unaware of the complications and may not have been informed about the risks their patients are facing.
Ask your doctor about alternative treatments for prolapse, such as Kegels, which can be used to strengthen vaginal walls, or even weight loss, which has been shown to reduce the effects of POP. Transvaginal mesh surgery isn't a first choice because of its risks and in some cases it has even led patients to file a transvaginal mesh lawsuit. Discussing your alternatives with your doctor will help provide you with the knowledge you need to choose the treatment that is right for your unique situation.
The FDA is continuing to monitor the situation and will be providing regular reports on the issue. They recommend that any doctor performing this type of surgery have specialized training to reduce the risk their patients may face as a result of this procedure.

Elizabeth Carrollton writes about defective medical devices and medication safety for