Lucy Wiese’s birth in June 2008 at a hospital in Richmond, Va., followed an uneventful pregnancy. Doctors noted what they characterized as a benign newborn rash that blanketed her body. To her mother, Jan Wiese, the rash looked like little freckles, which scabbed over and then fell off. Lucy also had a mild case of jaundice — common in newborns — which required a week of light-exposure therapy at home. At nine months, she developed an infection near her toenail. The area grew swollen and pus-filled, but it wasn’t painful. The pediatrician drained it and the toe healed. Three months later, something similar happened to two of Lucy’s fingers, which she habitually sucked. Lucy was given antibiotics, and the doctor advised that she be prevented from sucking her fingers — easier said than done, her mother observed. Lucy had also developed periodic patchy outbreaks on her face and torso that resembled a heat rash and puzzled her doctors. Wiese and her … [Read more...] about Medical mystery: She had rashes. But don’t all kids?
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Sandra G. Boodman, The Washington Post Published 7:35 am PDT, Monday, July 30, 2018 Photo: Wiese Family Photo Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Lucy Wiese, who just turned 10, was diagnosed at age 3 with a very rare disorder called Jobs syndrome, which can result from a spontaneous genetic mutation. Lucy Wiese, who just turned 10, was diagnosed at age 3 with a very rare disorder called Jobs syndrome, which can result from a spontaneous genetic mutation. Photo: Wiese Family Photo She had rashes. But don't all kids? 1 / 1 Back to Gallery The pediatrician was blunt but not unkind. Even so, her unequivocal message made Jan Wiese bristle. "You know, this is really not normal," the doctor told Wiese after seeing 2-year-old Lucy Wiese for the first time. Struck by the little girl's medical history, especially … [Read more...] about She had rashes. But don’t all kids?
Bill Schmick Contributing columnist Updated 3:45 pm CDT, Saturday, July 7, 2018 Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Schmick Schmick Schmick: How a heat wave impacts the economy 1 / 1 Back to Gallery It’s been more than 90 degrees on several days. If you are like most of us, it’s a bit harder to give it your all at work, even if you have an air-conditioned office job. Now, imagine the same thing happening to millions of workers all over the nation. Heat waves like this one can have a devastating effect on productivity. As the thermometer climbs, workers feel decreased energy. Loss of concentration, muscle cramps, heat rash and, in some cases, heat exhaustion or heatstroke. The impact is even worse if you live in a big city. If you have ever walked down a mid-town street in Manhattan or Boston on a hot summer day, it feels like an oven. That’s because it is. Concrete, asphalt, underground pipes, heating systems and … [Read more...] about Schmick: How a heat wave impacts the economy
By Mike Allen (@mikeallen; [email protected]) and Daniel Lippman (@dlippman; [email protected]) Story Continued Below HAPPY Friday! Valentine’s Day is Sunday. The Gridiron Club emails members: “Gov. Nikki Haley of South Carolina will be the Republican speaker at the Gridiron Club’s 131st anniversary dinner on March 5, President Doyle McManus announced ... Haley, mentioned as a possible Republican vice presidential choice, joins the two Democratic speakers, twin brothers Julian and Joaquin Castro, and Vice President Joe Biden, who will represent the administration.” GLENN THRUSH takeaways from PBS’ #DemDebate in Milwaukee: “Clinton did very little to arrest Sanders’ momentum, although she effectively contrasted her command of granular policy with his vague-ish appeals to liberal outrage. She probably won, ... but by an Iowa-sized increment ... Sanders is just as good a debater as Clinton. ... “Will the Bern get heat rash? ... … [Read more...] about BERNIE’S FRIENDS: He’s starting to believe he could win — GRIDIRON HEADLINER announced — B’DAY: Ben Sherwood, Susan Page, Marc Caputo, Jim VandeHei
Updated 11:45 AM ET, Tue April 4, 2017 Cypress, Texas (CNN)Dortha Biggs enters through the front door and rushes to greet her daughter, Lesli, who sits in a recliner, curled in fetal position. Mother and daughter lock hands and begin a ritualistic rubbing of hands, the only way they can communicate. It's rhythmic and intimate, beautiful and heartbreaking. Lesli squeals as her mother holds her right hand and pats her left. A smile starts to radiate from Lesli's face. "Looka there," Dortha says. "Are you going to smile? Can you smile? There's that smile!" Ever since Lesli was born 48 years ago, Dortha has longed to hear her daughter say a single word. She cried more tears than anyone can imagine, rocking young Lesli every night for years on end. Mom would get maybe an hour or two of sleep before heading off to her teaching job. Read More "Because you just care so much," Dortha says. Dortha contracted rubella when she was 2½ weeks pregnant, before she even knew that she … [Read more...] about When you wish your baby had never been born