This week’s “Throw Back Tuesday” video (and yes, I know it’s supposed to be “Throw Back Thursday” – but it HAD to be a Tuesday this week, read on to find out more) takes us back to 2008.
It was early morning on July 15th, 2008. How do I remember this? I was in LABOR. I had been having contractions for two weeks straight and they were not progressing. I had been planning on having a home-birth, but the “powers that be” had other plans. They informed me that I was “dying of kidney failure” (late-stage diagnosis preeclampsia.) After nearly 72 hours on Pitocin (and not knowing the dangers of extended Pitocin at that time!) the midwife said, “Okay – we have to make a decision here…” (she was pushing two options: either inducing me by breaking my water or prepping for a c-section.)
I definitely wasn’t ready for a c-section (my previous babies were delivered naturally), but I also wasn’t sure about other interventions, and as I was taking a little time to go over things with my mother and husband…with the T.V. on in the background…
… the Today Show came on.
Several months earlier a film crew had been to my house – and – on today, of all days, they were finally airing the episode that they shot when I was about 6-months pregnant with Charlie.
We watched the 5-minute piece (here it is below) and then… I said to the midwife, “Okay, break my water and we’ll see what happens.” She broke my water – labor progressed quickly and son #4 – Charlie Parker Eliezer Rubin – was born about an hour later![I guess he was just waiting for the right moment and knew that I should see the Today Show segment first, to get that out of the way! :-)]
So that’s why I know exactly when this aired – 6 years ago today, July 15th…
Just a few hours later (I remember, I was still in the hospital, but it was after Charlie was born) I got a call from the CDC inviting me to be their guest at my first ever National Healthy Homes Conference (in Baltimore that year) – just 8 weeks from then. I explained that I had JUST GIVEN BIRTH and the lady said “Does that mean you can’t come?” And of course I said, “No, that just means I will have an 8-week old baby with me!”
While I don’t agree with all of the numbers/statistics cited, I think the piece does a great job of addressing the issue – and on that day, July 15, 2008 – lead poisoning became a little more personal for the millions of families who tune in to the Today Show.
Happy 6th birthday my dear Charlie! I love you!
Thank you for reading and watching!
Mother of Lead Poisoned Children
Lead Safe America Foundation
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