Friday, November 11, 2011

it's only a numbers game la!

11.11.11

this date is over-hyped. my obstetric colleague has FIVE C-sections today to cater to some parental whims & fancies.

but one couple took it a little too far. the mother-to-be developed pregnancy-induced hypertension & had been treated for it. but as it neared 37-weeks, the blood pressure was getting out of control, hovering around 160/100, thus endangering the lives of both mother & child. my colleague recommended an early C-section on the 9th. but as you'd have guessed, both parents wanted the delivery on the 11th.

in order to satisfy the pandering & yet protect the pregnancy, the c-section was planned for 11.45pm on the 10th, so that by the time the baby is delivered, it would have been past midnite & well into the 11th.

it wasn't a moment too soon either. there was meconium staining in the amniotic fluid already, suggesting that the baby was in some degree of distress. fortunately, there wasn't any obvious damage.

however, when she (yes, it's a girl!) grows up, i wonder if she would appreciate that her parents played the numbers game & endangered her life, so she can be born on a supposed auspicious date & have a series of 1's on her myKad?

for whose benefit, i wonder?

19 comments:

ilene ong said...

I can only imagine the kind of parenting this little girl is going to have! Stupid parents to opt for such a risk! tisk...tisk...tisk...

SooY said...

Disgusting. It's sad that so many ppl who would had been great parents couldn't conceive while the idiots are the ones multiplying fruitfully!

pilocarpine said...

practically, it's a number to die for.

Unicorn Girl said...

so they say that this number is good in all races ? To me , it's just another number........

fibrate said...

The media isn't helping either by playing up the hype. Some kids really deserve smarter parents

reanaclaire said...

Gosh... to endanger the life for the sake of numbers? i also wanted my son to be born on 11.01.91 but doc advised 10th.. and I listen to him... :)

doc said...

Ilene & Soo,

i'll just regard this as a case of gross ignorance, & be glad there's not that many auspicious dates to come. i doubt if 12.12.12 will cause that much excitement.

doc said...

Pilo,

you couldn't have said it better!

doc said...

UG,

how can a number be good for anything except for identification purposes?

just a number la...

doc said...

Fibrate,

there were a few pages in The Star highlighting events related to this date. i just wonder how many couples married on this date will remain married?

doc said...

Claire,

aren't you glad you made that decision? there's no telling what could have happened otherwise.

Yvonne Foong said...

I was at a talk when this Christian lady came up to me. She said a Christian prayer over me and then said that 11.11.2011 was an auspicious day... may God bless you etc.

Christians can be superstitious too. :P

Medie007 said...

i spent my 11/11/11 at home watching tv and and sleeping. -.-

doc said...

Yvonne,

she just said the day was auspicious, but she didn't do anything to commemorate it, right?

doc said...

Medie,

get all the rest you need - you're going to miss this when you're on-call.

Adino said...

Taking risk with a baby's life is definitely going too far. Would they want to remember 111111 as the day they lost their baby?

doc said...

Adino,

well said!

Yvonne Foong said...

Saying is believing in this case, right?

doc said...

Yvonne,

right.