Eight years ago

It was about 10am when my desk phone rang. I was 8 months pregnant with my daughter.

“Mrs Spurrier? This is the nurse at Thomas Jefferson University with your lab results.” I cringed. I didn’t know if I wanted to hear the next sentence. Either way, I knew that her next words would change my life forever.

As soon as I knew we were expecting, I immediately started a series of lab tests to determine if my daughter had EB. In her instance, since I had a dominant gene, she either had it or didn’t carry it at all.

We wanted to know in advance so that we could be prepared. A positive result would mean switching hospitals, quitting my job, endless medical supplies, headaches and a total change in what we had to purchase for our baby.
Up to this point, we actually hadn’t purchased anything for the baby at all.

“Mrs Spurrier, upon looking at the baby’s DNA, it has been determined that your little girl DOES NOT carry the EB gene. She is perfectly healthy.”

Those words sent me into tears. I got up from my desk and left the room. In the cafeteria, I cried harder than I had in a long time. I immediately told George, his parents and mine.
It’s all I ever wanted for Christmas. Since then, I’ve asked for nothing extravagant, as nothing will ever top the gift I received on that December morning, 2003.


About gespurr

Emily was born in Southwestern Louisiana and has moved over 20 times in her life through nine different states. Most of her life was spent in the Twin Cities of Minnesota, where she met her husband and had her only child. Both she and her husband are also only children. She graduated from Stillwater (MN) High School in 1992 and from the University of Wisconsin in 1997 with a BS in Journalism. Three years later, she met her husband, George, and they married in 2002. Their daughter, Kathryn, was born early in 2004. She relocated with her family back to Arkansas in 2005 after being away for 30 years. She currently works as a customer service representative for an insurance company and lives in North Little Rock. When not taking care of her daughter she is either cooking, working, cleaning house, sewing, gardening, knitting, crocheting hiking, traveling or spending time with her husband.

Posted on December 23, 2011, in Kathryn, Parenting. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. That is so wonderful! Happy December 23!

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