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it's my birthday too yeah [Mar. 30th, 2007|07:46 am]
Lindsey Kuper

I was born around now in the morning. We were six and a half weeks early, which was a bigger deal in 1982, and we were tiny, and I was tinier, and all backwards and upside down and tangled up in the friggin' umbilical cord, and not exactly breathing, and I had a one-minute Apgar of, like, three, and when I finally came out they whisked me away to get me to not die and stuff, and my mom didn't get to hold me.

The subsequent twenty-five years have been much better.

I'm sitting at a coffee shop. I have a big-ass piece of coffee cake and a mug of black, black coffee. I can work from here without having to add anything to /etc/hosts.allow because I'm picking up wifi from my own house half a block down the street. I'm a freakin' software project manager. I got a Women in Science fellowship. I write really good songs. I've run three marathons. I have a boyfriend who makes me cupcakes. I have wonderful friends, wonderful co-workers, wonderful roommates. I better see you all tonight.

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[User Picture]From: underwhelm
2007-03-30 04:12 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday, nerd!
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[User Picture]From: eliciel
2007-03-30 04:26 pm (UTC)
Well, I'm glad that 1982 medical tech was up to the job!
I'm definitely going to be at your birthday party, yo.
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[User Picture]From: karaksindru
2007-03-30 04:38 pm (UTC)
Grats!

Happy Birthday
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[User Picture]From: mattgifford
2007-03-30 04:57 pm (UTC)
Happy birthday! See you tonight.
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[User Picture]From: keystricken
2007-03-30 05:22 pm (UTC)
I wish I could be there. You're awesome, Lindsey. Happy birthday and all, and eat a cupcake for me.
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2007-03-30 05:56 pm (UTC)
I wish I could send you some! Alas, I don't think they'd mail well.

I'll try and get people to take lots of pictures.
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[User Picture]From: leadsynth
2007-03-30 07:04 pm (UTC)
F for not fact-checking. I was 4 lbs, 6 oz, and you were 5 lbs, 2 oz.
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2007-03-30 09:29 pm (UTC)
Oh, you're right! I don't know why I was imagining myself as the runt.

Dammit, now my credibility's been unenhanced.
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[User Picture]From: lovemotionstory
2007-03-30 09:49 pm (UTC)
happy birthday!
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[User Picture]From: oniugnip
2007-03-30 11:30 pm (UTC)

(we may be a bit late!)

Party at your place, woo!

*roadtrip to portland with car full of geeks and alcohol!*
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2007-03-30 11:40 pm (UTC)

Re: (we may be a bit late!)

DOOOOOO IIIIIIIIT
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[User Picture]From: royhuggins
2007-03-30 11:44 pm (UTC)
Wow. I just looked up Apgar. I'm really glad they had the technology to rebuild you!
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2007-04-01 03:37 am (UTC)
The technology to rebuild me? Heh. Yeah, I'm actually a cyborg.

Anyway, yeah, I think most babies who score low initially end up doing just fine. The five-minute score is more indicative of long-term issues than the one-minute, and my five-minute was much better.

The whole idea of calculating the Apgar score kind of weirds me out, though. If the baby is okay, who cares? And if the baby isn't okay, who has time to sit around and calculate it when there's a baby needing urgent medical attention?
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[User Picture]From: royhuggins
2007-04-01 04:56 am (UTC)
Doctors love standardized diagnosis. That way they can say "Lindsey Kuper's one-minute Apgar was 3!" And all the doctors can gasp in shock!
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[User Picture]From: cerulicante
2007-03-30 11:52 pm (UTC)
Saving future Lindseys and Mayas is one reason I've always wanted to be a doctor. Maybe, someday. If I can ever figure out how to stop being so scatterbrained.


But I'm glad you're here!


Happy birthday, Quarter-Century Woman!
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2007-04-01 03:39 am (UTC)
Saving future Lindseys and Mayas is one reason I've always wanted to be a doctor.

Wow, Bryan. Thank you.
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[User Picture]From: leikela4
2007-03-31 10:28 am (UTC)
happy bday!
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From: hiamanda
2007-03-31 04:21 pm (UTC)
Happy happy birthday birthday!
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[User Picture]From: theguiterrorist
2007-04-02 07:53 am (UTC)
Happy belated.
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[User Picture]From: lindseykuper
2007-04-12 12:19 am (UTC)
That will have been great!
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