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Einstein and Miracles

November 17, 2017

“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.”

― Albert Einstein

I didn’t believe in miracles until Isaac and Molly. I’m not sure quite when I started to believe. Their conception was a probably a miracle. Their births were miracles, even though it didn’t seem so at the time. Their survival — absolutely miracles. But the true miracles are these two amazing human beings.

Each day, when I look that them, I remember that day—26 years ago today—when they were born. When I have a crap day, when the world around me is falling to pieces, when I lose faith, when the things I know in my heart to be true are being trampled on an hourly basis, when I need a miracle to get through this day, I remember that day. And I believe.

I know how lucky we are. Statistics vary, but even today, the survival rate for babies born at 24 weeks gestation (considered micro preemies) runs between 66% and 80%. Back in 1991, the use of surfactant and steroids for lung development was cutting edge. I consider the science behind those interventions miracles. Don’t misunderstand me. Science saved my babies. The doctors, nurses, respiratory therapists, pharmacists, phlebotomists, researchers—and those who came before them and trained them—saved my babies. Science is miraculous.

We need to support science. It’s under siege…again. Funding for medical research and Medicaid (“which covers 50 percent of all births, including many high-risk pregnancies”) has been threatened repeatedly during the first year of this administration. Pay attention. We’re talking about our future. Good science begets miracles. Remember Einstein.

As always on this day—November 17—we celebrate Isaac and Molly’s birthday along with World Prematurity Day and Prematurity Awareness Month. If you are so moved, donations to these worthy causes are always appreciated. Go purple in support of the cause. Spread the word using the hashtags #worldprematurityday and #givethemtomorrow.

If you want to know how Ike and Molly are doing, the answer is great. They are forging ahead and building their adult lives. After years and years of me having to explain the details of their complicated births and early years, they now get the “pleasure” of having to spell it all out on every job application and health form. As Molly said: “Adulting sucks.” So glad they’ve been given the chance to realize that for themselves.



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