Sushi and Sasha are sisters and they are opposite in everything. Sushi always wants to be the tallest thing in the room - on the wardrobe, on the bracket that holds the television to the wall, on top of the shed, the neighbour’s rooftop, or on the top of the upstairs windowpane. She brings us dead birds.
Sasha likes to hang out on the ground. She isn’t a fan of being picked up, likes to chase her ball under the sofa. She hides in cardboard boxes or any other confined space, and brings us dead mice.
Both of them love to be outside, though, and are very much enjoying the return of spring and all the chase-able bugs that come along with it. Today, they tried to follow my husband up the road to the polling place, as if they were going to cast a vote, too. (I suspect they’d vote against the construction across the road that’s tearing up their favourite field for running around in.)
This year is the first year that the US Department of Health and Human Services has recognized May as Preeclampsia Awareness Month. If you have been following my blog, you will know that I lost my little sister Megan to preeclampsia and HELLP syndrome a year ago this month. This awareness campaign is very close to my heart, so please indulge me for a moment.
If you’re pregnant, please click the link and read the list of symptoms to watch for. Preeclampsia is pretty silent for a lot of people, my sister included, and many of the symptoms mimic the (totally normal) aches and pains of a healthy pregnancy. Please make yourself a promise that if something seems weird, even if it’s something little, that you’ll call your doctor or midwife and ask about it. I realize nobody likes to cause a fuss, but you are better being safe than sorry.