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GOOD DAY WE ARE NEW “BLOGGERS” AND WANT TO SHARE WITH YOU OUR LIFES SO FAR. MY NAME IS BERTO AND MY WIFE`S MARLINDA (VAN DER WESTHUIZEN). WE LIVE IN A SMALL TOWN CALLED TRAWAL IN THE WESTERN CAPE IN SOUTH AFRICA (ABOUT 300 kms FROM CAPE TOWN) (THE SAYING GOES THAT TRAWAL GOT ITS NAME FROM ALL THE “TROUBLE” THAT SIMON VAN DER STEL HAD WHEN HE PASSED THROUGH THIS BEAUTIFUL VALLEY OF OURS.) I WORK AT A SMALL/MEDIUM ENGINEERING COMPANY (NAMAQUA ENGINEERING) IN KLAWER AS AN ACCOUNTANT. KLAWER IS SITUATED ABOUT 15 kms FROM TRAWAL. MARLINDA WORK AT A RADIOLOGY PRACTISE (TRUTER & ASS.) IN VREDENDAL AS A MEDICAL RECEPTIONIST. VREDENDAL IS SITUATED ABOUT 22 kms FROM KLAWER. I AM 36 [13/03/’71] YEARS OLD AND MARLINDA 35 [12/09/’71] AND WE WERE MARRIED IN 1996 (31 AUGUST). WE WAITED FOR ABOUT TWO YEARS AND THEN DECIDED TWO BEGIN WITH A FAMILY. AFTER A FEW MONTHS WE WENT TO THE DOCTORS TWO SEE IF WE WERE HEALTHY. THERE WERE A LITTLE PROBLEM WITH ME BUT THE DOCTORS SUBSCRIBED SOME MEDICINE AND WE WERE ON OUR WAY. MARLINDA WAS HEALTHY, NO PROBLEMS. WE TRIED FOR A FEW MONTHS MORE BUT THEN THE FIRST BIG ROCK ROLLED ONTO OUR PATH. IN DECEMBER 1999 MARLINDA WAS IN A CAR ACCIDENT AND BROKE HER LEFT LEG. WE HAD TO WAIT FOR MARLINDA`S LEG TO HEAL BEFORE WE COULD TRY AGAIN TO START A FAMILY. IN 2000 WE WENT FOR AN ARTIFICIAL INSEMINATION – IT DID NOT WORK THEN WE WENT FOR AN “ICSI” – IT DID NOT WORK THE SECOND “ICSI” WORKED AND MARLINDA WERE PREGNANT WITH TWINS. THE ONE EMBRYO DID NOT GROW ANY FURTHER BUT THE OTHER ONE GREW AND EVERYTHING WENT FINE. THEN THE SECOND BIG ROCK ROLLED ONTO OUR PATH. ONE MONDAYMORNING [ 13 DECEMBER 2004 ] [ 34 WEEKS PREGNANT ] MARLINDA WENT TO HER DOCTOR FOR A BLOODTEST. SOMETHING WAS VERY WRONG. MARLINDA`S BLOOD PLATELET COUNT WAS VERY LOW AND DR. LEON VENTER ORDERED US TO DRIVE TO CAPE TOWN [ PANORAMA MEDI-CLINIC ] IMMEDIATELY. SHE DEVELOPED A CONDITION CALLED “HELLP” SYNDROME. THEY DID NOT WANT TO DO A CAESER BECAUSE OF THE CHANCE OF BLOOD LOSS, BUT NOTHING HAPPENED THAT NIGHT AND THEY DECIDED TO OPERATE EARLY IN THE MORNING. CONRAD [ SEE PHOTO ] WAS BORN AT 08:35 ON THE 14TH OF DECEMBER 2004, 47 CM LONG AND 2,005 KG AND HEALTHY AS CAN BE. MARLINDA LOST A LOT OF BLOOD AND WAS SENT TO THE HIGH CARE UNIT. I WENT ALONG AND REGISTERED CONRAD AND PHONED EVERYBODY TO GIVE THEM THE GOOD NEWS. MY MOM AND MARLINDA`S FATHER AND MOTHER ALSO CAME ALL THE WAY FROM KLAWER TO SEE HIM. THAT AFTERNOON THE DOCTOR CALLED ME AND SAID THAT THERE IS A PROBLEM WITH CONRAD. HE WASN`T BREATHING CORRECTLY AND HIS BLOOD PRESSURE WAS IRREGULAR. I STAYED WITH HIM TILL LATE THAT NIGHT AND PRAYED TO GOD TO LET MY SON LIVE. THE DOCTOR THEN TOLD ME TO GET SOME SLEEP. AT ABOUT TWO O`CLOCK ON THE 15TH HE PHONED ME AND GAVE ME THE WORST NEWS OF MY LIFE. MY SON WAS DEAD. THEY TRIED THEIR BEST BUT HIS LITTLE HEART COULD NOT TAKE IT ANY MORE. I WENT TO THE HOSPITAL AND ME AND MARLINDA HELD HIM ONE LAST TIME. I ASKED GOD WHY, WHY, WHY BUT UNTIL THIS MOMENT HE HAS NOT ANSWERED ME. EARLY THAT MORNING I HAD TO PHONE MY PARENTS AND MARLINDA`S PARENTS TO TELL THEM THIS HORRIBLE NEWS. JUST THE DAY BEFORE I REGISTERED CONRAD, AND NOW I HAD TO GET A DEATH CERTIFICATE AND ARRANGE A LITTLE PRIVATE SERVICE AT THE HOSPITAL. AS IF THAT WASN`T ENOUGH ALREADY, MARLINDA HAD TO GO BACK TO THE HIGH CARE UNIT. SHE GOT VERY SICK AND NEARLY LOST HER LIFE. AFTER 5 LONG DAYS SHE GOT OUT AND WE WENT HOME. AN EMPTY HOME WITH NOTHING TO TAKE THERE EXCEPT CONRAD`S ASHES. EVENTUALLY THE RESULTS OF CONRAD`S CAUSE OF DEATH CAME BACK AND THIS WAS EVEN MORE DISTURBING. HE DIED BECAUSE OF A “STREPTOCOCCUS” VIRUS THAT HE GOT FROM MARLINDA OR EVEN FROM THE HOSPITAL. WE DON`T KNOW. WE THEN WAITED FOR A FEW MONTHS AND WENT FOR ANOTHER “ICSI” IT DID NOT WORK, AGAIN! WE ALSO WENT TO OUR SOCIAL WORKER AND APPLIED FOR ADOPTION. WE WERE ACCEPTED AND NOW WE MUST WAIT. ON 6 MARCH 2007 WE WENT TO DR. IGNO SIEBERT TO CONCULT WITH HIM ON WHAT TO DO NOW. HE SAID WE MUST GO FOR MORE INSEMINATIONS, BECAUSE IT WORKED ONCE, IT COULD WORK AGAIN. BUT HERE WE ARE ON THE 5TH OF MAY 2007. OUR HOUSE IS STILL EMPTY. THANK YOU FOR READING BERTO & MARLINDA
Toggle Commented May 5, 2007 on So, tell me about YOU…. at So Close
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