Congratulations to you and your wife and best wishes for the future.
That's quite a few issues to have to deal with at once and I'm happy
to see you emerge from the other side more or less ok.


2009/8/3 Daniel Brown <>:
>    ALL:
>    It's far easier to drop a line to the mailing lists and BCC a few
> others than to write back to many individually.
>    Thanks for the concern and well-wishes from the many who wrote to
> me during the last 10 days.  It's very, very kind of you, and much
> appreciated.  I'm honored that you would think of me at all outside of
> the context of the various mailing lists.
>    For those of you who do not know, on Sunday my wife, Debi, and I
> went into the hospital because she was nine months pregnant, but had
> not felt the baby move for several hours.  She was attached to a
> monitor, and while everything seemed fine at first, that quickly
> changed.  The baby's heart rate - which should be between 120 and 160
> beats per minute - dropped as low as 49, which is very, very, very
> bad.  It happened a couple of times, and during an emergency
> ultrasound scan, the baby - on the screen - stuck her tongue right out
> at us, then proceeded to bring her fist to her mouth to suck.  And
> inside her little fist was her umbilical cord --- she was literally
> squeezing it so tight that she was cutting off the blood and oxygen
> flow to herself.  Because of this, they decided to induce labor in
> Debi.
>    After several hours of labor with no pain relief, the baby's
> condition was continuing to deteriorate, so at approximately 02:30
> EDT, the doctor made the decision to perform a Caesarean section
> (surgical delivery) of the baby.  Things were rushed along, and I
> walked into the delivery room just in time to see a purple leg
> sticking out of a hole in Debi's belly.  As I walked past, they lifted
> the baby out, cut the cord, and rushed her past me to get her to
> breathe.  Her skin was purple, as is normal, but her eyes were wide
> open as she went past.  At about 02:46 EDT, she cried for the first
> time.
>    So Haileigh Grace Brown, born at 02:45 EDT Monday morning, 27
> July, 2009, weighed in at 6lbs 4oz and was 17.5 inches long.  She has
> blue(-ish) eyes and a full head of hair.  There have been several
> other life-threatening complications in both her and Debi, including
> the baby being completely unable to breathe due to fluid in her lungs,
> requiring emergency response and suction, but as of today, she is
> doing much better.  Because of all of this, and some complications in
> the days just before her birth, I've been rather silent, which is what
> apparently gained the attention of the thirty-four (yes, I counted!
> ;-P) people who sent me emails privately to see if I was alright.
> Yes, I am, and thankfully, so is my little family.
>    Both Debi and Haileigh are doing well now.  Haileigh doesn't sleep
> through the night yet, of course, but she doesn't yet sleep through
> the day, either.  She remains awake, wide-eyed, and very alert and
> aware of her surroundings --- which is great, except for the fact that
> it means that, during the day, we need to pay more attention to her,
> and at night, I'm awake the whole time with her.  In the hospital (we
> had her in our room) and here at home, I've been allowing Debi to
> sleep through the night in bed, to heal from the surgery, and I stay
> awake with the baby.  I sleep between one and four hours per day, at
> maximum.  I can't so nobody warned me about this!  ;-P
>    On a different note, thanks to all of the rain we've had here in
> the northeast US this year, my basement office flooded while I was
> away in the hospital, tending to more important issues.  As a result,
> both my development and backup machines were destroyed, including all
> of my undelivered work, research projects, et cetera.  So in addition
> to no sleep, I get to enjoy no peace as I work to deliver what I can
> (behind schedule) and distribute refunds to clients.  Having a baby is
> difficult enough; having a baby and a career is more difficult; having
> a baby and working as a freelancer or owner/operator of a company is
> the epitome of masochism --- I'm learning that quite thoroughly
> through experience.
>    Still, all in all, everything is fine.  It'll be tight and
> stressful until things are caught back up work-wise, but I'm just fine
> with that.  Because from the moment my little girl filled those lungs
> and executed her first "Hello, World!" application at quarter-to-three
> in the morning last Monday, there's been a completely new Dan Brown.
>    Thanks for everyone's checking in and well-wishing, once again,
> and I'll get back to everyone personally as soon as I can.  In the
> meantime, I'll be back here at my desk, so zip me an email if you need
> me.  It may take a bit longer for me to reply until I get caught up,
> but I will.
>    For those of you with no interest in this, please exercise your
> email-delete capabilities at this time.
>    Thanks!
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