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Finally, We Met

Infertility, miscarriages, that baby bump, etc., etc., all experienced, by a woman’s, body here!!!  Translated…

Been married awhile, my belly stayed, perfectly, still, as I’d discussed with my husband, we’d gone to the fertility clinic, and, as we were checked, we’d followed the advice of the physician for us to continue with the in vitro fertilization, and several times, they’d all, failed, we started contemplating if we want to continuing on to the next stage: in vitro.  To tell the truth, I’m a bit, scared, my husband worried that my body can’t handle it, worried that I may not be physically well enough for the whole thing, told me that it’s okay; hearing his words so warm, I’d, squeezed his hand, told him I want to try it.

The first time, we were lucky, the embryo got implanted, I’d felt so blessed, but by the seventh week, the baby’s heart stopped, and I can only describe the moment of me realizing this as thunder and lightning strike.  I’d held it in, not broken down at the hospital, as we got home, we’d held onto each other and cried too hard, maybe, the affinity is just, not yet, I’d consoled myself.  Waited until I smoothed over my loss, I’d decided to get my systems well enough, then, give it, another, go.  Two years later, we’d gone for the second in vitro, as the embryo was implanted the beta-human chorionic gonadotropin rose up slowly, and, several returns back to the clinic, the fertility specialist told us that this time, it’d failed too, looked at my husband’s face, I’d pretended to be tough, told him, that we shall, try one more time, and if it still didn’t happen, then, we leave it, up to, fate.

And, I held the mindset of, “it might fail again”, got my third in vitro, then, the embryo implanted successfully, and all my digits steadily rose up.  But this time, we both decided to wait until after the first trimester before we shared the good news with our loved ones.  After all, receiving all the concerns, it’d, caused pressures on us too, and, we’d been trying for a very, long time, and we’d thought, if this time is still bust, then, we shall, stop trying.

Although, we’d told one another this, as well as our own selves, but, I’m still, quite, anxious.  Thought about how my first in vitro got only to seven weeks, so this time as I went in for my exams, I’d felt, expectant, and scared, looked up at the monitor screen to see the ultrasound image, I remembered to this day—that seven-week-old tiny little heart, beaten out that strong rhythmic, pulse, with each beat, it was like it was saying, “hi mom, first time seeing you, hello!”

And, after each and every try that didn’t work, you have to go through the loss emotionally, and physically, and yet, the thought of having a baby is too strong to beat, and finally, that heartrate is, steady and stable inside, and now, you just have to keep your body healthy, until your child is ready to meet you in person physically.

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Using Electroconvulsive Therapy to Help Cure Alzheimer’s, to Help Find the Lost Memories Back Again

I thought, that ECT (electroconvulsive therapy) was outlawed, because of the cruelty of the nature of the treatment, apparently, they’d found use for it again, from the Front Page Sections, translated…

“Alzheimer’s disease is NOT only a matter of health, it’s also a problem of the society, economics, and human”.  The M.I.T.’s Learning and Memory Graduate Department Professor and Founder, and the person who was a member of the Central Research Center, Li-Huei Tsai stated yesterday, on the 31st “Neuroscience Conference”, she’d shared the outcomes of the researches on Alzheimer’s Disease.

Tsai stated, that every four seconds, a person on this planet will get diagnosed with dementia, and it’s already become a trend in Asia, and, seventy to eighty percent of dementia is caused by Alzheimer’s.  And, Alzheimer’s is the collective name of variety of symptoms, and because of how different the symptoms are, there is NOT yet a way of treating it effectively.

Tsai had been involved, long-term with Alzheimer’s Disease research and her and her team found that the “HDAC suppressant” can help find back the lost memories, and there are now, pharmaceutical companies that are funding to the research.  But she said, that the medication’s side effects can include the suppression of the functions of bone marrows, for instance, the white blood count, the red blood count, along with platelet count would be lowered, the lab is still currently, searching for a better medication, with less of the undesired side effects.

Other than trying to find new medications to treat the symptoms of Alzheimer’s, electroconvulsive therapy, hopefully, can be a new way for treatment.  Tsai said that recent studies showed, that in the mice that’s lost memories they’d given the hippocampus a minute’s worth of electric shocks, and it had successfully help bring the mice’s memories back, but, how to find the area in the hippocampus in humans is still a mystery, but, this electroconvulsive therapy that could lessen the side effects of the oral medications had gotten the scientists “very excited.”

Tsai pointed out, that Europe and America had spent a LOT of resources on researches of dementia, but, there’s still too little resources being put into the researches of neuroscience, must less compared to cancer or other infectious diseases.

And so, IF this works, this could BE a huge break through, but, you have to consider the humane aspect of this: who the HELL would agree to getting her/his brains cut open, and have electrodes attached to the surfaces of her/his brains?  And, even IF this works, it is still at the very beginning stages of researches, and, just like  how long it takes a drug to get approved by the FDA, this will take a very LONG time to get approved too, but this offers a small amount of hope.

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