Some context, in case you spent the better part of last night googling eclampsia


20 Responses to “Some context, in case you spent the better part of last night googling eclampsia”

  1. chgoliz says:


  2. nixiebunny says:

    Sorry, but I only spend the night googling stuff after reading KXCD.

    Google isn’t available if the computer is displaying a fullscreen video.

  3. Manny says:

    Is this one of those TV things I’ve missed again? 

  4. Missy Pants says:

    Sort of on topic, Natalie Dee, comic artist and wife of comic artist Drew (Toothpaste for Dinner) had pre-eclampsia. And blogged about it, the treatment and subsequent birth of their daughter. It is at once both hilarious and harrowing and a seriously good read.

  5. Thorzdad says:

    I’ve stayed away from DA spoilers, so last night took me by surprise. That said, they certainly kept telegraphing  “trouble ahead” all through last night’s episode. I kept hoping the signals weren’t leading to what eventually happened, but…bummer.

    • I, too, got the telegraphing, but was expecting a last-minute save. Or it to not turn out to be that big of a deal after all, since all the “high stakes” plotlines so far have wrapped up weirdly quickly and smoothly. And then, it’s suddenly like I’d wandered into Game of Thrones. 

  6. DaughterNumberThree says:

    The confusing thing to me about the info on eclampsia is that it sounds like the seizures stop once the placenta goes, but several hours had passed since the birth in this case. Other dergoogle insights told of people with post-birth seizures (who did not die) — but not sure if that’s because of medical advances or just patient idiosyncrasies.

  7. SAMO1415 says:

    DUDE.  W.T.F.  My wife is in the hospital with preeclampsia and one of the nurses wouldn’t shut up about the show.  “OMG, it’s so good.  There’s a new episode on tonight.  You have to watch it.”  Seeing as how PBS is one of the few channels we get in the hospital, we gave it a go.  Needless to say the nurse felt terrible when she came in this morning…

    Thanks for this graph.  I was able to show my wife quantitatively the drop in risk over the past century or so.

  8. rondashg says:

    While this idea has been studied for some time now, I find this paper by Koelman et al to have the best title:

    Correlation between oral sex and a low incidence of preeclampsia: a role for soluble HLA in seminal fluid?

  9. Well, having seen the series already (as it has aired already in the UK) I’m glad that I can finally talk about this with my US schedule bound friends.  Of course, this is not nearly a big a deal as the upcoming Doctor Who crossover episode.

    • SamSam says:

      Dr Who appears in Downton Abby? Yay!

    • penguinchris says:

      You jest, but are you familiar with the TV series Jeeves & Wooster (with Stephen Fry and Hugh Laurie), or the books by P.G. Wodehouse upon which it’s based?

      The eighth episode of the current season of Downton Abbey had me laughing at every turn, because so much of it seemed lifted directly from Wodehouse – right down to the jazz nightclub and Aunt Agatha. And amazingly, nothing in Downton Abbey previously reminded me of it, despite it being set in a similar period and being about a similar upper class (and the Downton Abbey estate itself, whatever its real name is, was a prominent location used on Jeeves & Wooster as well). 

      It felt like it had to be a purposeful homage, not mere coincidence. Doctor Who references no longer seem out of the question, honestly. Perhaps someone will visit Torchwood House in Scotland ;)

  10. Nora Sawyer says:

    My great grandmother nearly died of eclampsia when my grandfather’s older brother was born. Family lore tells that the doctor said he could only save one — the mother or the child — and asked my great-grandfather which it should be. My great grandfather grabbed him by the collar and said “Save them both.”

    Luckily, that worked, because otherwise I wouldn’t be here. Sadly, my yelling at the screen “save them both! Save them booooooth!!” did not have the same effect. Sorry guys.

  11. Ideal says:

    I suspect eclampsia has to do with nutrition, specifically mineral deficiencies.  

    So, Tums help with morning sickness, and have magnesium; even if it is a placebo, there are no serious side effects (beyond a soothed stomach), they taste good, they are inexpensive, and magnesium is good for you.

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