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UncommonJulia Patient Expert

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I'm a writer, a woman, and a mother. I've survived more pregnancy-related issues than you can shake a stick at, including three losses, life-threatening placental issues, and NICU stays. I've also had experience with a variety of non-pregnancy related issues that have come and (thankfully) gone... Full Bio
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The boy so nice, we named him twice! by UncommonJulia Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Women's Health A little over six weeks ago, we welcomed Andrew Sawyer (that's his full first name) into the world.  It was a bit of a bumpy road, with a NICU stay very similar to Hanna ... Read on »
One Week to Go! [Whew!] by UncommonJulia Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Women's Health One week from today, God willin' and the creek don't rise, we'll be holding our bouncing baby boy in our arms.  I've been on bedrest for 11 weeks now, and it's been just ... Read on »
Who's Got Two Thumbs and Another Odd Medical Anomaly? by UncommonJulia Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Women's Health THIS GIRL! Ever heard of Drug-Induced Lupus Erythematosus (DILE) ?  No?! Well I had. Back in college I was misdiagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis and treated for ... Read on »
Almost 31 weeks by UncommonJulia Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Women's Health Baby Boy is doing just great.  He's a biggun, upwards of 90% on all the scans over the past month or two. Right now, as we hit the 31 week mark tomorrow, he should be up ... Read on »
Bedrest, Home Edition by UncommonJulia Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Women's Health Sweet Jeebus, the let us come home! It's better than Christmas morning! It's hard to overemphasize how wonderful it is to see our home, our bed, our bathroom, OUR DV ... Read on »
Hospital. But Okay. by UncommonJulia Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Women's Health This time I have potentially the best excuse ever for dropping off the face of the earth.  Three weeks ago I was admitted to the hospital for preterm labor and a shorten ... Read on »
Belly Pics! by UncommonJulia Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Women's Health I'm attempting this update from my phone, since that's where most of my belly pictures now reside, and since I figured that its the sort of technological advancement I s ... Read on »
It's a beautiful, HEALTHY baby... (UPDATED) by UncommonJulia Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Women's Health BOY! It's a boy! !!!!! He's super active and gorgeous and has perfect hands and feet, and was flexing and reaching and kicking.... (ahhhhhhh!) The doctor ... Read on »
A wee bit nervous by UncommonJulia Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Women's Health We have our first maternal fetal medicine appointment this afternoon. Everything has been going well - certainly NBHHY - but it's unavoidable that the errant flashback p ... Read on »
A funny thing happened on our way to buying a house. *Updated* by UncommonJulia Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Women's Health Remember the house we were in the process of buying?  Remember how I said that all the frustrating delays were a sign that we should slow down and take a deep breath?  W ... Read on »
11-11-11 by UncommonJulia Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Women's Health I had good reason to disappear for so long. Remember how I last posted about the universe telling us to slow down?  Well, apparently, that was just a pause before the bi ... Read on »
Often, the answer is, "slow down!" by UncommonJulia Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Women's Health As predicted, things have been hectic since my last posts.  School started; the back-to-school season wreaked havoc on my work schedule (since I work in the education i ... Read on »
Ours by UncommonJulia Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Women's Health My rental house was the perfect size for me and my two girls. Patrick's house was more than enough for him and his daughter.  But it turns out that my house is a wee bit ... Read on »
"Yes! Definitely Yes!" by UncommonJulia Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Women's Health Those are the words I finally managed to utter just over two weeks ago after Patrick got up at the end of church, strode to the front and sang Train's "Marry Me" with th ... Read on »
Now is the time for all good google M.D.s to come to the aid of their brethren by UncommonJulia Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Women's Health Last night, I learned that a good friend of mine (my next-door neighbor from childhood) is going through a big scare.  She's 27 weeks pregnant and learned that one of he ... Read on »
Thank God it's a rental by UncommonJulia Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Women's Health The washer got stuck in "fill" mode this morning and flooded nearly the whole downstairs. The repair company is here tearing out the manufactured wood floors now. There ... Read on »
I'm tired. But man, I love you guys. by UncommonJulia Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Women's Health As usual, I have posts I want to write. Things I want to say. Ideas to convey. But I also have bills to pay. And girls to feed. And a man to enjoy. Right now, the la ... Read on »
You know what sucks about codependency? by UncommonJulia Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Women's Health Well, lots of things.  But one of the biggest is that if you're codependent, you rarely know you're in a codependent relationship. Because you're codependend.  It's a re ... Read on »
Birthday by UncommonJulia Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Women's Health Today, we're celebrating my (some figure north of 30) years on this earth.  And in so many ways, this is also a celebration of a new life. A second chance. And it is So. ... Read on »
Missing Jake by UncommonJulia Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Women's Health Over the past year, my dog Jake hadn't fared so well.  Right around the time the girls and I moved into the rental house we live in now, Jake lost a lot of weight ... Read on »