Ever have one of those days where you're working on a paper and you think of a reference but you can't remember which book it was in but you don't have enough info to google for it so you pull every book you have off your shelf in a desperate attempt to find it only to get distracted by some other article and the next thing you know you've spent two hours reading unrelated stuff?
Blaise was born January 1, 2009, at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston. Because of a giant cyst, her small intestine twisted on itself in utero, cutting off its blood supply and causing most of it to die. Blaise has 45 cm of small bowel, including her terminal ileum, an ileo-cecal valve and a complete large intestine. Because she lost so much of her small intestine, she has a diagnosis of short bowel syndrome (a.k.a., short gut). She came off TPN/Omegaven after 5 months and stopped tube feeds at 15 months. She spent her first 148 days as an inpatient at Children's Hospital Boston and was welcomed home May 28, 2009.
More importantly, Blaise is smart, tough and fun. We brag about her shamelessly, but we have a lot to brag about.