A Dad’s Story: Starting A Family With The Help Of The Pavilion For Women

kyle-simson-and-babiesIt was about 2 a.m. on the morning of April 30, 2012 when the emotion of becoming a father hit me.

I was standing next to Dr. George Mandy, the attending Neonatologist at Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. Dr. Mandy said, “You are truly blessed.” Over 2 months later, I am only beginning to realize how correct he was. At 1:37 a.m. and 1:39 a.m. that morning, my daughter, Campbell, and son, Davis, were born via an unplanned caesarian section at the Pavilion for Women. My wife, Amy, was a little over 32 weeks pregnant. After a difficult struggle with gestational diabetes and pre-eclampsia, a high blood pressure condition during pregnancy that can lead to serious complications, Dr. Sean Rosenbaum delivered Campbell and Davis, as continuing the pregnancy was too dangerous for Amy and the twins.

Our journey to becoming parents started in March of 2009, Full Entry »

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Vulvovaginitis In Prepubertal Children

Vulvovaginitis occurs in up to 75% of females before their first menstrual period and is one of the most common reasons prepubertal girls have to visit a pediatrician or pediatric gynecologist. By definition, vulvovaginitis means inflammation of the vulva and vagina. Signs of this may include vaginal discharge, odor or bleeding. Presenting symptoms may include external irritation and discomfort. Poor hygiene or topical irritants are the main source of problems, which may introduce common bacteria, such as E. coli, Streptococcus or Staphylococcus. Fortunately, this condition improves with education about proper hygiene measures.

Children are particularly prone to vulvovaginitis for several reasons: non-estrogenic state, proximity of the vagina to the anus, and common evidence of poor perineal hygiene. Additional history is important to determine the potential source of the problem. For instance, history of bubble bath use, type of detergents, cleansing soaps or chlorine exposure from swimming pools may provide clues as to whether particular chemical irritants might be associated with symptom timing.

Many young girls may begin potty training in the toddler years. Full Entry »

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A Day With Dad: My Extraordinary Experience Of Becoming A Father Of Sextuplets

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If you would have asked me about being a father a year ago, I would have told you I didn’t think it would ever happen. But, after months of fertility and a pretty uneventful pregnancy aside from the obvious complications of carrying multiples, I can say that I am so blessed to be celebrating father’s day this year.

For me, fatherhood officially began on April 23, 2012 when my wife, Lauren, and I were blessed with 6 children: Andrew, Benjamin, Levi, Allison, Caroline and Leah. Since the day we learned we were having sextuplets, the experience has been both extraordinary and overwhelming and those feelings have not gone away, even today.

On that Monday morning when I became a first-time dad to 6 little preemies, I remember my heart beating like crazy. It was an experience I will never forget. Full Entry »

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Overcoming A High-Risk Pregnancy To See My Son’s Smile

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Its been almost a year since our beautiful baby boy was born but Cooper’s time in my belly was neither easy nor a sure thing. At 20 weeks pregnant, when I went in for my anatomical scan, we got more news then just the sex of the baby. I could tell something was wrong when the technician began doing an echo, because as a nurse I knew that this test isn’t typically performed for healthy pregnancies. At just 20 weeks gestation, Cooper was diagnosed with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, or HLHS.

To say the diagnosis was a shock would be an understatement, Full Entry »

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A Nurse’s Story: To Witness Life As It Starts

When I was a little girl I loved to take care of people. I played with my dolls and cared for them using bottles, baby carriages and anything else I could get my hands on to make sure they were always neat and clean.

Long after I should have outgrown my doll years, those little dolls were still placed neatly on the shelves, practically in mint condition. I’d like to think that the years I spent caring for my little dolls was a sign that I would eventually go into the nursing profession.

I graduated nursing school in May 2008. With the profession being in high demand and school becoming increasingly competitive, the feeling of accomplishment starts at graduation.

Whilst my fellow graduates were frantically applying for jobs at every hospital within a 50-mile radius, I deliberately filled out 1 application to 1 institution, Texas Children’s Hospital, with 1 specific goal in mind…

“To witness life as it starts.” Full Entry »

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