congenital conditions

Drawing in oil of a 16 years old girl, showing effects of congenital syphilis.
The teeth are ‘pegged’ and the bridge of the nose is flattened. Both eyes are affected with interstitial keratitis and the right, which is also affected with kerato-globus, was absolutely blind. Large patches of necrosis of the cranial bones are exposed by ulceration of the scalp.

anonymous asked:

My dream dog is a Newfoundlander, and I have a responsible breeder already picked out for when I have a big enough yard and a steady job, but I'm finding it hard to find much info on them. Opinions?

They are a relatively rare breed owing to their size, fur and drool, but I have known a few of them over the years.

These dogs are just… messy.

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They are big they seriously shed and they drool like a running tap, which essentially sticks that shed hair to every available surface like glue. This is a breed so fundamentally unsuitable for my personal lifestyle that I swiftly change the topic every time the boyfriend brings up that he wants one. Speaking of changing topics, lets look at them from a medical standpoint. You may want to make yourself a cup of tea, this will be a long post.

Hips are a major issue with this breed. The Orthopedic Foundation for Animals ranks their hips, as a breed, as worse than the notorious German Shepherd. Worse again, symptoms of hip dysplasia are often aggravated by the increased size or weight of the animal, and this breeds is one of the largest ones. This causes pain and suffering. 25% of them are estimated to have dysplastic hips, with only 8% estimated to have ‘good’ hips.

Elbows are another weakness for this giant breed. Again around 20-25% of these dogs are estimated to be afflicted with elbow dysplasia. Some unfortunate individuals with have both elbow and hip dysplasia, leaving them without a good leg to stand on. Problems often develop by18 months of age, and will cause pain for the dog for the rest of its life.

Tears of the cranial cruciate ligament are also fairly common, due to sheer size and probably other orthopedic dodginess. If not treated surgically this will cause severe lameness and arthritis in the joint.

By the way, if you were wondering about the costs of these surgeries to patch up a Newfoundland skeleton, you’ll probably spend $2.5-3k on the dysplastic elbows, $2.5-3.5k per cruciate tear, and between $1.4k and $7k each side for the dysplasitc hips, depending whether they are diagnosed young, or so late that only a total hip replacement will help. Just so you know.

The consequences of leaving these conditions untreated is arthritis far sooner in the dog’s life than is fair. Some dogs will be unable to walk without daily medication from 4 years of age. Many will be put to sleep simply because their  mobility has become so impaired that they can no longer to doggy things.

Do you need a break? Because we’re not even halfway through yet.

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Personally, I have a thing against bad eyes. I can’t stand eyes that look painful, it gives me the heebie-jeebies. These poor dogs, as you probably have guessed, are prone to multiple eye conditions.

While they do get cataracts, 3rd eyelid gland prolapse and ectropion, the biggest one that concerns me is entropion. This means that the eyelids rolls inwards towards the eye. This means that instead of lovely, soft, moist conjunctiva touching the eyeball, you have prickly eyelashes or haired skin. These prickly hairs rub against the eyeball, constantly, and will cause pain, inflammation, corneal ulcers and secondary effects of healing them.

That’s just constant irritation and pain. It requires surgery to fix, again.

They also get subaortic stenosis (SAS) far too frequently.This heart condition is congenital, it’s present at birth but is often not apparent until 4+ months of age, just long enough to get that puppy well loved in a new home. While it can be managed with medication or heart surgery, only 25% of affected dogs live for more than 4 years. It can cause fainting and sudden death.

(Thanks Richard for picture)

That’s not a great disease to have running through the breed. If they don’t succumb to that heart disease young, they may also get dilated cardiomyopathy when they’re older. You know, because one heart disease wasn’t enough.

Also located under that shaggy mess of drool covered fur is another genetic disorder that can cause them to excrete cystine into their urine, resulting in urinary crystals or great big bladder stones that may require more surgery.

And of course these big, deep cheted dogs are a classic breed that gets Gastric Dilatation Volvulus (GDV aka Bloat) which can happen without warning, leaving you with a choice of either major, expensive surgery or euthanasia.

Working towards the outside of this giant breed, their thick fur might look cute, it it takes maintenance. Prepare for everything you own to be liberally coated in dog hair.

They are also profuse droolers. Their flappy jowls produce some of the most drooly dogs I’ve been, often soaking their own chest fur.

Which brings me back to Hot Spots, (aka moist dermatitis). Persistently wet skin, especially on a thick coated breed that loves water like the newfoundland, A hot spot can be huge and they spread rapidly, sometimes affecting the whole neck. Because these dogs often have some degree of skin folding there, that makes the problem even worse. The same issue happens at the other end if they have diarrhea. And being in Australia, in Summer, when more people than usual take their dogs swimming, there is also a high risk of flystrike in that constantly wet fur with infected skin. Don’t think about that too much.

These dogs are far from being an ‘easy keeper’ and in my experience the estimates lifespan of 10-12 years that one often sees on the internet s a bit optimistic. I do know people who are addicted to this breed and just can’t live without one, but it’s important to know what you’re getting into and I would strongly recommend looking into pet insurance for this breed.

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Mother and daughter from London and one of the most impressive stories that I ever heard.

When she was a baby, Emily(the daughter) was diagnosed with a rare congenital condition called Septo Optic Dysplasia, a condition that affects her endocrine system and her vision.

“I have no sight in my right eye and about 10% vision in my left. I spent a lot of my childhood in hospitals. My mom was always my greatest support.”

Emma, her mother, continues: “I was 19 when I gave birth. We grew up together. Emily went to a mainstream school. I wanted to make her integrate in the society like any other child. In the beginning, they didn’t know how to teach her. I bought books, learned a lot and started to teach her at home too.”

The daughter continues: “Because of my medical condition I had to take steroids most of my life and gaining weight was a common side effect. When I was 14 I started to hate my body and developed Anorexia.”

“Emily stopped eating. She used to hide her lunch under her bed.” remembers her mother.

Emily continues: “Many colleagues were making fun on my weight, on my vision impairment and sometimes even on my red hair. It was a very difficult time but I focused on reading and learning for school and that gave me confidence.

I remember that there was a group of girls that used to bully me. After a while, they were struggling for an exam, trying to revise. They needed help and I offered my support. We reconciled, worked together and they passed the exam.

On the last night, when we had the prom, we danced together and we had a great time.”

Her lovely personality helped Emily to stay optimistic and make the most of her life in the following years. The second part of this amazing story, in the future.


A 5 month old girl with alobar holoprosenceohaly. This condition was diagnosed prenatally in utero and understandably resulted in severe enlargement of the child’s head. The child was oriented to sound, able to move all extremities and responded to external stimuli, however the long term prognosis for this condition is poor as it is typically fatal in the neonatal period.

Part Two, Chapter Three: Sisters.

Claire, Brianna and Roger have just witnessed Gillian/Geillis go back in time. Brianna now believes her mother’s words. The two are having breakfast in the parsonage kitchen.

You can find previous chapters here.

October 1968; Wakefield Residence.

“There’s someone else I haven’t told you about, Bree.”

“Please tell me I have fairy godmother,” I winked at Mama over the rim of my mug of hot cocoa. The corners of her mouth tugged upwards, so I continued, “Or my cousin’s uncle’s niece’s sister is Queen Elizabeth.

“You haven’t a fairy godmother,” She responded, the hint of a smile disappearing.

That pensive, almost hesitant, look crossed her face again. She’d been wearing it often since our run-in with Gillian Edgars at Craigh na Dun the night before. I was only beginning to see the reason why my mother had always seemed aloof to me and, now that I knew the truth and believed it, I didn’t want to do or say anything that would make her withdraw more.

I mentally kicked myself, it seemed my second jest had.

I tried to come up with something to say to fill the silence, something neutral, but she went on before I could think of anything worthwhile.

“Jamie and I… we… had another child.” She didn’t look at me as she spoke, her eyes fixed on the tea leaves at the bottom of her cup. “Her name was Julia.”

A sister? I had a sister?

Had. Was. Words of the past. What happened? Where was she?

Mama continued haltingly, “She had a heart condition, a congenital defect. She died just before I came back thru the stones.”

My mind reeled at the thought of what my mother had gone thru, losing a husband and a child all in one day?

An older sister. I had an older sister. I had always wanted siblings and now, it seemed, I had one.

“Do you remember Christine Johnson?” Mama looked up at me, her eyes wet with unshed tears.

I nodded.

Christy had lived two houses over from ours when I was growing up. She was a couple years older than me and I had adored her. Blonde and petite, we were about as different as different could be, but she was always willing to include me in her fun. We had sleep-overs at each other’s houses often as we reached middle and high school.

“She and Julia would have been the same age.”

The grandfather clock in Reverend Wakefield’s study chimed nine o’clock, the hours reverberating thru the room like someone pounding nails into a coffin.

The silence thickened.  

What was there to say?

Choosing actions over words, I got up from my chair and rounded the table. I wrapped my arms about her shoulders, her hands clinging to me tightly. She rested her head against me and I could feel a warm tear slide down her cheek and onto mine. “She would have loved you,” she whispered.

“And I her,” I replied, gently placing a kiss on Mama’s temple.

Because I feel like talking about this again– 

Emori as disabled rep is amazing and beautiful and so needed, and the fact that characters (mostly Murphy but Clarke twiceish) find her valuable and worth protecting is immensely important. But the fact that the show shies away from showing the institutionalized ableism within grounder culture weakens the point they’re trying to make. 

Emori’s entire character depends on the extremely grim idea that an entire culture considers human life worthless when it’s connected to physical flaw. This deeply-ingrained mindset is the reason behind her chaotic neutral out-for-herself perspective, for her aggressively ruthless streak, for her incredibly clever criminality. This mindset is also one of the reasons her relationship with Murphy is so important. While her rejection from society echoes his a little bit, it also echoes a greater rejection of disabled people that still exists in varying levels in every single contemporary society. Showing her in a respectful, wholesome (ish) relationship with someone who thinks her disability is actually kinda cool is such a spit in the face to everyone who devalues people because of disabilities and congenital conditions. And of course her relationship with Murphy isn’t the only significant thing about her character (as much as some fans think of her that way :’( ), but my point is that her nuanced, uncomfortable background is important both to her character and to her relationship with another character. 

But. For some reason, with the exception of Emori being occasionally treated as an outsider, the show likes to talk about the mistreatment Emori has experienced without actually showing it. This probably comes down to a combination of two factors: 

-Not wanting the unpleasantness of blatant ableism to be expressed on the show (ex. a clan leader condemning a baby to death for being a frikdreina) 

-Not wanting the unpleasantness of an established and well-liked character expressing blatant ableism on the show (e. Lexa or Roan condemning a baby to death for being a frikdreina)

There are a lot of important grounder characters on the 100 (mostly dead now but eh) that the audience values and identifies with. Anya, Indra, Gaia, Lexa, Roan. People even liked Ontari for some reason that I cannot fathom. Emori’s entire situation depends on a completely immoral system that would only logically be enforced by cultural leadership (unless it’s just an intense, vicious social taboo in which case every grounder character would enforce this attitude, not just leadership). And yeah, I don’t want to see people being dicks to my girl! Ableism is uncomfortable and shitty and even just the internalized ableism I experience with a passing congenital defect sucks all kinds of suck! 

But without it, the audience (which contains a high-percentage of able-bodied peeps) sees Emori talk about her difficult experiences and make harsh, cold-hearted decisions based on them without having any realistic point of reference concerning what this character (and disabled people in general) actually have to deal with in terms of social taboo and deeply-ingrained aversion. (Yeah, we heard Roan call her ‘the frikdreina’ one time– and he was shut down by Raven, bless– but unfortunately that probably doesn’t even brush the surface of what Emori has experienced?)

Basically, when you throw a character into a situation where they have to act really ruthlessly and tell instead of show their reasons for being the way they are, it can really make the audience hate the character? And it kind of does a disservice to disabled rep too?

And it basically comes down to the fact that the show’s writers don’t want the audience to dislike already-established characters for showing ableism it would make sense within the narrative for them to show.

Could it– dare I say– reflect a hesitance to acknowledge that average, everyday people have established and difficult to unlearn ableist tendencies? 

It’s a weak storytelling choice and does a disservice to a character who provides the show with crazy important and rare representation. Is all I’m saying. 

anonymous asked:

What are your thoughts on Irish Setters? (Do you see many over there in Oz? I live in Ireland, so obviously they're pretty popular, I kinda wonder if they're as common elsewhere). As for the question tax, came for the vet posts, stayed for the dog breed analysis!

We don’t see very many Irish Setters down here in Australia, but they’re certainly worth talking about because although they’re uncommon they do have a few notable quirks.

But first, as usual, please note the disclaimer. These posts are about the breed from a veterinary viewpoint as seen in clinical practice, i.e. the problems we are faced with. It’s not the be-all and end-all of the breed and is not to make a judgement about whether the breed is right for you. If you are asking for an opinion about these animals in a veterinary setting, that is what you will get. It’s not going to be all sunshine and cupcakes, and is not intended as a personal insult against your favorite breed. This is general advice for what is common, often with a scientific consensus but sometimes based on personal experiences, and is not a guarantee of what your dog is going to encounter in their life. 

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For all the noise that gets made about ‘grain-free’ diets, the Irish Setter is the only breed where it might really matter. Irish Setters are the only breed, to my knowledge, which have actually been diagnosed with Celiac Disease, or at least something very similar to it. The symptoms are not as severe as in humans (although admittedly these dogs don’t live as long as humans do, so are only exposed to gluten for 10-15 years instead of 20+), so sometimes it’s called Gluten-sensitive enteropathy. Either way, it’s responsive to dietary control.

Hip Dysplasia is present in the breed, and these dogs are actually on the large side, which is easy to forget looking at pictures. They also get Progressive Retinal Atrophy and breeding dogs should be screened for both.

In terms of congenital conditions, these dogs should have neat eyes, but they can suffer from Entropion which needs surgical correction.

The breed is also over-represented among dogs with Patent Ductus Ateriosis, which is a unfortunate congenital heart defect where the aorta and pulmonary artery connect. It can be treated with heart surgery on an implant, but us obviously not desirable.

These dogs are deep chested enough to get Gastric Dilatation Volvulus, where the stomach twists upon itself, cutting off blood supply and requiring either emergency surgery or death.

The breed has a reputation for various cancers, including Osteosarcoma, and therefore delayed desexing may be of benefit in this breed. I haven’t seen enough of them to say whether other particular types of cancers are more common than others.

The breed must have an interesting immune system, given they are prone to a few conditions which either definitely have an immune mediated component, or are thought to, including Hypothyroidism and Megaoesophagus.

Immune Mediated Haemolytic Anaemia obviously has an immune mediated component, but approximately 50% of IMHA cases have a cancer somewhere which has set it off.

And Canine Leukocyte Adhesion Deficiency is a genetic immune deficiency. There is a genetic test available for this now. 

Xeroderma pigmentosum is an autosomal recessive disorder that results in the skin’s inability to repair damage caused by ultraviolet light. This results in symptoms such as severe sunburn, development of excessive freckles, cry skin, blisters and corneal ulcerations. One of the most common causes of death in people with Xeroderma pigmentosum is skin cancer - specifically metastatic melanoma and squamous cell carcinoma.

It couldn’t be. It was impossible. Perhaps it was an impersonation, sent to distract him, and if it was, it was a very poor one; they hadn’t even got the hair right. Because, certainly, the 5′6″ man standing in the back, caneless, in a plain, unobtrusive suit, could not have been Oswald Cobblepot.

But he couldn’t help staring at him. “Ghosts aren’t real!” His own words echoed back at him, meanly. And, of course they weren’t, but then… Ed had to know. If this was a plot, a con, a trick, he had to unravel it. Because who would be stupid enough to throw the likeness of his dead best friend in front of him? Who would try something so patently, obviously fake, that they fooled themselves into thinking it just might work on shock value? Whoever it was was a high contender for his next victim.

He wasn’t doing a very good job of distracting him even. He was just standing there. Well, standing and screaming as the glass ceiling collapsed on everyone’s heads. But he was just doing what everyone else was doing, no more, no less, as if he were designed to blend in with the crowd. This made no sense as a ploy: the ceiling was already crashed, the bank robbed. If this mock-Penguin was supposed to distract him then he had failed. What was this about?

Ed followed him, deliberately keeping in eye-sight in case he did something, anything. Even if it was a bad, delayed plan, it would be a relief to know there was one. Practically standing in front of him though, there was no reaction, just panicked hurrying past, like everyone else. This was getting ridiculous. He finally grabbed him, the imposter gasping and staring up at him, wide-eyed with fear.

“I must say, whatever ruse you’re putting on is miserable stuff. Tell me, who do you work for?”

“Wh-what?” The small man trembled in his grasp. 

“Oh, don’t play dumb!” Ed spat, “The jig is up! You’re clearly NOT Penguin, how could you be, so make my life and yours easier and just tell me who you work for. I promise to give your bosses the reward they deserve for this performance.”

“I- I- I don’t know what you’re talking about, Mr. Riddler. I work for Finestein’s, the insurance company. Have they… angered you in some way?” the imposter gulped.

Ed’s eyes widened, his grip tightening. “Do you think I’m an idiot or do you just have a congenital condition of idiocy? WHAT could you possibly stand to gain by lying? Tell me who you work for and, I promise, you go free! Not a hair touched on your mediocre wig.”

The man frowned in confusion. “This isn’t a wig, it’s my hair.”

Ed grabbed it, his patience snapping. “Ouch!” The man pulled his hand off his… hair.

“You mean… to tell me you dyed and cut your hair to look like Oswald Cobblepot just to get my attention?” The gears in Ed’s mind sputtered.

“I didn’t do anything of the sort, it’s my hair,” the man insisted, scratching the place Ed pulled at, “And who’s Oswald Cobblepot?”

Ed stared. Then before he knew what he was doing, he ripped open the man’s shirt and lo… a bullet wound. Below the rib cage. Right where he’d put one in Oswald.

Ed released him as if he’d been burned, reeling. “O-Oswald?” Ed gasped, not daring to believe it.

The man whipped his shirt closed, rapidly doing the buttons. “WHO is Oswald?! I’m NOT him!” The man glared at him, tucking his shirt and storming off as quickly as his limping feet could carry him.

“Oswald!” Ed screamed after him helplessly. He’d stood before him, looked right through him, and didn’t know him. The blue eyes that accused him every night in his sleep, the face behind him in every mirror, the voice that whispered his every thought… could no longer recognize him.

If there was a fate worse than death, Ed imagined he was now suffering it.


AU where Oswald comes back, but has no idea who he is

themadmage  asked:

Hi, I have a cat with special needs, he has a congenital heart condition and anxiety. My question is related to the second. He doesn't do well with being held like most cats, seems to dislike his face being close to people. He seems to do better being held on his back like a human baby but I just want to make sure that's okay? It's not going to hurt him more, is it? Thank you!

I can’t provide you information on if holding him in a certain way will exacerbate his health issues - please check with your vet on that - it’s fine from a behavioral sense to allow him to be held in ways he prefers. Obviously, since sometimes people don’t know if their animal really likes something I suggest you make sure he’s really initiating that position rather than you choosing to put him like that - but if he’s really into being held like that, go for it after vet approval. 

Three girls came into my ER last night, I have no idea what they are

by reddit user somenurse193433

So I’ve been working at the same hospital for years now as a nurse in the ER. I’ve seen a lot of things, all kinds of horrific shit, blood and gore and just about every household item you can think of inserted into some guy’s rectum. I’ve seen limbs ripped off, I’ve seen intestines coming out… almost ten years working in an ER and you’re going to see a lot. You’re going to be hard to shake.

But last night something happened, some girls came in, and I’ve never been scared like this. I’ve never had that feeling of I have no fucking idea what’s going on with this patient the way I have with these three girls.

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Anencephaly is a serious birth defect in which a baby is born without parts of the brain and skull. It is a type of neural tube defect (NTD). These are birth defects that happen during the first month of pregnancy, usually before a woman knows she is pregnant. As the neural tube forms and closes, it helps form the baby’s brain and skull (upper part of the neural tube), spinal cord, and back bones (lower part of the neural tube).

Anencephaly happens if the upper part of the neural tube does not close all the way. This often results in a baby being born without the front part of the brain (forebrain) and the thinking and coordinating part of the brain (cerebrum). The remaining parts of the brain are often not covered by bone or skin.

Almost all babies born with anencephaly will die shortly after birth. CDC estimates that each year, about 1 in every 4,859 babies in the United States will be born with anencephaly

RFA + Meeting their first child

(I’ll do V and Unknown later)

Zen had the perfect selfie planned out, with MC and himself looking amazing, of course. Dude has literally not stopped documenting a single moment of this pregnancy, with even the scans and stuff going on the messenger and everyone’s been joking about whether or not his child will be as photogenic as he is…but the moment he sees the baby he’s a blubbering mess. In the end, the selfie has MC looking perfect, the baby looking…like a baby, I guess…and Zen looking like he rolled his face in Elizabeth 3rd. It’s the only bad selfie of his to ever exist, but because it’s also the first family photo with the womb nugget, he keeps it and MC shows it to everyone because come on that’s adorable.

Jumin and MC have probably attended a fuck ton of parenting classes and ended up with a library’s worth of books and it was probably a home birth as well, like a completely chill affair, or at least intended to be lol, have u ever been through labour. Anyway, Jumin mostly prepared himself for MC being in agony and in all that time, he kind of…missed….that at the end of it he’d be meeting his child and after the labour he’d just be standing at the edge of the room watching MC with the infant like ‘what do’. After having his first hold and rigidly counting every finger and toe, he pretends to go and call Jaehee, but really locks himself in a bathroom somewhere and actually sobs. He’s so overwhelmed by the love he has for both MC and the baby and he doesn’t quite know how to process it; no one warned him about this. None of the classes mentioned this! When he gets back, MC asks about Jaehee and he makes something up, only for MC to point out that he left his phone on the dresser.

Yoosung’s reaction is the most subdued, which will come as something of a shock, considering he’s been the opposite about everything else. The moment MC’s period was late, he went into full flailing panic stations, lowering MC onto the couch and cooking EVERYTHING IN THE HOUSE. “WHAT DO WE DO MC?!?!?!? I’D BE A TERRIBLE DAD!!!! I PASSED OUT ON SEVEN’S COUCH ONLY LAST THURSDAY”  To which MC smiled, nodded and pointed out the faint permanent marker mustache somehow still on his face. This culminates in him laid out on the couch with his head in MC’s lap like ‘i’m going to be a terrible dad and they’re going to hate me’ even though this baby is probably planned and they were 900% expecting it; he’s just overwhelmed. And so begins the epic saga of Yoosung’s pregnancy meltdown, making kimchi at 3 in the morning, picking up a LOLOL baby onesie and weeping in the store like oh it’s so small, and-most importantly- singing to the bump before bed (this backfires, though, because it makes the baby drop kick him in the back). When the baby is born, MC is ready for a full blown meltdown, but Yoosung just holds the crying baby and isn’t sure what to do with this tiny loud person so he just starts singing and the baby falls silent and looks up at him in confusion because it recognises his voice. 

Jaehee and MC have been fostering for a long time. After hearing Seven speak about his own background, it put both of them off insemination and gave them more of a focus towards helping vulnerable children that already exist. So far, with the help of a written reference from Jumin and Seven’s bloodhound-like ability to find places with kids that have been in the system for years, Jaehee and MC have fostered a girl with a congenital heart condition. Today they’re having a party to celebrate her birthday and Jaehee’s closed the coffee shop for the day. Yoosung and MC decorated the place with streamers, all while Zen supervised and by supervised, I mostly mean took advantage of the coffee shop surroundings to prepare for a role where he is a barista, all while ignoring any requests to pass ‘the blue’ or ‘the red’. Jumin made only vague promises that he’d show up, but then he did with the biggest bear you’ve ever seen because he low key thinks Jaehee’s kid is awesome. Cue a million selfies of everyone sitting in the bear’s lap. Anyway, Jaehee insists on opening the gifts right away, even though MC is like ‘honeeey, we weren’t going to open them until after the…’ *Jaehee heart eyes activated* *It’s super effective* “LET’S OPEN THE PRESENTS!” Jaehee and MC got their kid a single envelope and within that envelope is an application for adoption, to which Jaehee is legit holding back tears and sitting next to the kid like ‘We haven’t sent it yet, we wanted to ask you first’. When the kid says yes, Jahee is so happy that she legit moves straight to cutting the cake. They haven’t even sang the song or lit the candles. Just cake! Quick! Jaehee needs to go in the kitchen, cut a slice and cry a few happy tears because she’s going to be that sweet little girl’s mum.

Oh, man, Seven would have had so many plans for when he met the baby and MC wasn’t at all sure how many of them were serious. Baptised with Phd. Pepper? Honey Buddha Choi the 3rd? In reality, Seven takes the baby and is dead silent and MC braces themselves because everyone knows that it’s not good when he’s quiet. He walks over to the nearest chair, though, with the smol bean in his arms and tells them everything neither one of his parents have ever told him. That they are loved and wanted and can count on him to keep them safe; that he will tell them that he loves them every day and hold them in his arms when they’re tired or sad. He promises them 3 meals a day, though he warns them about his cooking skills…he has been practicing! He goes on in true Seven-tangential style, explaining about all of the times he burned MC’s breakfast and that one time he became convinced there was a wiretap in the rice cooker but it just turned out that he’d had it for years and never actually switched it on and before long half an hour has gone by and he realises the baby is asleep and he passes them back to MC like, sorry, I didn’t mean to carry on for so long, but MC is all smiles. Their kid doesn’t know how lucky they are after all.


Hypertrichosis, “Werewolf Syndrome”

People who suffer from hypertrichosis have abnormal hair growth covering their bodies. Faces can be completely covered in long hair, which is why the condition has earned the nickname of “werewolf syndrome.”

Hypertrichosis can be either congenital or acquired. Those born with the condition can suffer from one of several known genetic mutations. Some who get the condition later in life acquired it as a side effect from anti-balding treatments, while for other it’s a biological reaction to trauma or a result of an underlying malignancy. Treatment options for congenital hypertrichosis include traditional methods of hair removal, though even waxing and laser treatments typically don’t provide long-lasting results. For acquired hypertrichosis the treatment is focused on addressing the underlying cause, such as cessation of medication.

When we are talking about the AHCA do not talk about how your acne/weight that isn’t actually unhealthy/other health thing that you see as a non-issue shouldn’t be a pre-existing condition, you are actually validating the idea that pre-existing conditions should bar people from health care.

I have congenital conditions that would prevent me from feeding myself without medical care. My boyfriend needs a new liver. We deserve health care. So does your acne and your acid reflux and literally anything else that requires health and support and a community.

Stop measuring how sick someone should be to not deserve to live. You are being part of the problem.

rosiemarble  asked:

This sounds personal but I'm very curious. You have a heart condition yet you chose to have children and that's remarkable. Did you have to fight against the others' opinions? Because I knew about a lady with a congenital heart condition(it's MS) and she chose to get pregnant despite the risks and couldn't survive the child birth. Her girl is now a pretty teenager. My mother knows the family personally and she said that that lady was given an option for abortion which she rejected.

I actually was told all growing up that I shouldn’t have kids, and I probably wouldn’t survive. But despite having a CHD I was very healthy. I was lucky to only have transposition, while a majority of other with it, have other issues as well. But as for having kids, I never really planned one way or the other, but my husband and I weren’t very smart teenagers, we were just careless, and I got pregnant right after high school graduation. And I didn’t consider abortion either. I was very fortunate to have an extremely normal and healthy pregnancy. I saw a high risk OB and we did a planned c-section to reduce stress during labor. And my pregnancy did so well my cardiologist said I would be fine for another pregnancy, so we tried again two years later, while I was very young (20/21) and for sure healthy, and then they approved getting my tubes tied. But like the woman you knew, a lot aren’t as fortunate as I have been. My mom works as a case manager on the cardiac floor and she sees women all the time going into heart failure because of CHD and pregnancy. Sorry for the book lol.

My grandma is writing to our congressmen in my defense. She’s very pissed off that my congenital heart condition is a pre-existing condition that could prevent me from getting health insurance. She was telling me that people who have congenital problems or even just pre-existing conditions should still receive care. Because they are the ones who need it. Not healthy wealthy people. Poor and middle class people need it. Not congressmen.