If you’ve been pining for a post from Red Tape Translation these last few weeks, I must apologize. I’ve had other things on my mind. I’d like to introduce my daughter Laura.
Laura was born on 5th August this year at Charite Mitte. It all happened a little earlier than expected, and she weighed only 2145g and measured 47cm long. Rest assured, however, that she is growing like a weed. I am recovering well too.
Laura is my second baby to be born out of pregnancy with severe pre-eclampsia and HELLP syndrome. HELLP is a rather horrible idiopathic disease that crops up in around 1 percent of pregnancies and sometimes sticks around even after the baby has been born. It’s pretty rare to get it twice, but somehow, that was my fate. Fortunately, I was cynical enough to expect it despite reassurances, my team of doctors at Charite acted swiftly when the time was right, and everyone lived to tell the tale. Hurrah!
If you want to find out more about pre-eclampsia and HELLP syndrome, the people at the Pre-Eclampsia Foundation in the USA are incredible, science-based, empathetic fonts of wisdom.
Laura is dark haired, brown eyed, olive-skinned and placid. She is so quiet I have to keep reminding myself I have a second child. In due time, she will take on the post as Chief Distraction Officer (CDO) at Red Tape Translation, and believe me, she’s already showing massive talent.
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