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Carrie R.

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I'm a Midwestern girl who's becoming a Southern belle. This is my story of life with my farmer-turned-professor husband, two exceptional little boys, and one extraordinary little girl who happens to have Trisomy 21, or Down syndrome. The stories you are about to read are all real; I couldn't make... Full Bio
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Roller Coaster by Carrie R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome Since the surgery, Carrie has been on a bit of an energy roller coaster. She has short bursts of energy, after which she needs a nap to recoup. The doctor said this is commo ... Read on »
Friday Update by Carrie R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome Just a quick update to let you know how Carrie did today. She's been more tired than she was yesterday, but I think that is partly because she pushed it harder today. She wa ... Read on »
Slow and Steady by Carrie R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome Carrie is doing well today. She's been up and walking a few times. The PT people had her use a walker to help steady herself when she walked down the hall. I told her I'll h ... Read on »
Regular Floor by Carrie R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome Carrie is doing well today. They moved her to a general hospital room around noon today. We actually skipped the ICU in this process, due to a lack of available beds. Yester ... Read on »
Recovery Area by Carrie R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome We were able to visit Carrie in the recovery area, and she seems to be doing fine! She was awake and moving all fingers and toes. The nurse mentioned she was a little weak o ... Read on »
Post surgery, pre-recovery by Carrie R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome Carrie is out of surgery and in recovery. She'll be transferred to the ICU shortly, which is standard operating procedure. We just visited with Dr. Brain, who said the proce ... Read on »
And we're off... by Carrie R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome This is Darrin, attempting my first blog post since Anna was born. I wanted to give a quick update, even though we don't know much at this point. We arrived at 5 AM for prep ... Read on »
Down the Rabbit Hole. by Carrie R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome We listened to Alice In Wonderland in the the car during our road trip to the beach over the summer. In it, Alice decides to follow the white rabbit down the hole and a seri ... Read on »
4 A.M. by Carrie R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome I woke up this morning at 4 A.M. with either a horribly bad dream where my left arm was completely unable to move on its own OR I woke up at 4 A.M. and I really was complete ... Read on »
Other Medical Adventures: Concrete. by Carrie R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome Dr. C and Me on the beach in July.  We're kinda squinty in this pic, but you can see that my hair was short, but not THAT short. It's a pixie cut--whi ... Read on »
Other Medical Adventures: Meningioma. by Carrie R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome Worst days of my life: October 29, 2008--the day the results of my quad screen for Miss B's pregnancy came back abnormally high for my age. November 17, 2008--the d ... Read on »
You've Got A Friend In Me. by Carrie R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome I'll admit, I'm a sucker for the good Disney movies.  I sing along with Ariel, I laugh at Winnie-the-Pooh, I aspire to be like Mary Poppins, and even though I know the whole ... Read on »
Aaaaaannnd we're back, folks. by Carrie R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome I dunno what it is about being in the Midwest, but for the past 8 months or so, I have been in a funk.  I think I had left my blogging muses somewhere in The South--I failed ... Read on »
DIY Furniture Factory by Carrie R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome Dr. C blames it on Pinterest. Either way, we've been focusing on home decor lately.  Our division of labor goes something like this: 1.)I scout out furniture th ... Read on »
Medical Adventures with Miss Banana: Trust My Instincts by Carrie R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome I would think that by now I would be one of those bad-arse mothers that could tell lousy doctors where to go, but alas, I am not. I'm getting better, but sometimes I stil ... Read on »
Spread the Word, End the Word by Carrie R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome It is no secret that I love my little lady to the moon and back.  She makes the world a little brighter, a little better, a little simpler whenever she smiles. ... Read on »
Fun Run in Washington, D.C. for Research Down Syndrome by Carrie R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome You all know that I love to run.  So when I heard about Research Down Syndrome (RDS) starting a new runners program, I was thrilled that I could combine two passions--helpin ... Read on »
Forward. by Carrie R. Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome Since my last post , I have been overwhelmed with all of your love and support.  I feel so blessed to associate with so many selfless, thoughtful friends and family that ra ... Read on »