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January 28, 2013


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He injected ... something. I think it was magnesium but hey, that's probably just projection, right? It was the 1930s, that eclamptic cow. So maybe it was a super-new treatment? Herriott was all about the super-new treatments in his books (which I totally love).

I have such a hard time with TV these days because the narratives are driven by externals (this actress wants to try something new, that show needs another season for syndication) and not by story-line concerns for themselves (he should have found the mother by now; it's OK for people to live happily ever after). I just feel jerked around by the writers.

I may still be bitter that Buffy didn't stay dead. That was clearly the proper ending to that story. Those extra two seasons making money for UPN? A narrative crime.

I woke up this morning in a funk because Sybil's dead and Cora's icing Robert. And I think I am more distressed about Cora and Robert than about Sybil. (That may be due to the fact that I inadvertently read a headline alluding to her impending death months ago while the show was airing in Britain. So for me it was sad, but no surprise.)

I keep telling myself this is TV. This is TV. But I'm still sad.

I looked it up right after the show, and they didn't start using magnesium until the 50's. I wondered the same thing about the delivery timing, if it would of made much difference. Very sad and totally caught me off guard. Also...didn't realize animals got eclampsia. Learn something everyday!

HAHAHAHAHA! Best post title EVER! I mean, Downton Abbey post at least.

I watched the whole season with this link that a friend posted on facebook (let me know if you're interested & I'll send it to you) and I'm dying, DYING to talk about DA with the world! (ok, with the internets at least).

so... thank you thank you thank you for posting about it. I wish it were fresh in my mind so I could comment more effectively.

I haven't done any research about eclampsia, but I know that my friend could TOTALLY have died when she gave birth to her (2.5 months premature) daughter. It was horribly scary, her doctor had missed the signs (she was super swollen) & she started having seizures in the shower. She was taken by ambulance to the hospital, they did a C-section, but she was still in great peril of dying for quite a while afterwards.

I don't know if anything can be done. I also know a blogger & writer (she wrote this story in the anthology _It's a Boy_ edited by Andy Buchanan, her name is Susan Ito) who had to have a late term abortion because **she was going to die** from eclampsia. I know, really really horribly sad.

Now, as for #3 -- HAHA, you're super bright and you're actually predicting what'll happen latter!

Please write more comments, I really want to talk about it. And I hate I can't blog or do say anything not to upset people with spoilers. :(

I feel EXACTLY the same way when I see a woman giving birth lying down on TV. I won't talk about Downton, though, because I've seen the whole season and it's too hard not to give anything away. Also, have you watched Call the Midwife? It's excellent, very different from Downton but I think better. I think you'd really like it and the books it's based on.

The bigger question remains, then: did you watch Call the Midwife?!

I watched the Christmas episode of Call the Midwife. I enjoyed the book very much (though Pippi, is there more than one?). Lilian, I am interested in that link!

Ahhh!!! As a recurrent pre-eclamptic, this episode TERRIFIED me!!! As do your thoughts re: the prognosis of the marginal difference between immediate Cesarean and natural delivery.

I initially agreed with Cora and was livid with Robert - if she were in the hospital, wouldn't she have had access to magnesium sulfate? - but if it wasn't actually given until the 50's, then my ire was misplaced and I'm glad I read your blog :)

I was with Cora, because I frankly was puzzled by Lord Grantham's whole dismissive attitude during the labor. But that's part and parcel of the writers' approach to character this season -- everyone is forced into these dramatic contortions to fit whatever drama is concocted, regardless if that's consistent with character developments in the last season.

Also didn't understand Mary's response to Edith asking if they'd get along in future. Why shouldn't they get along? What's to prevent them?

My main response to Sybil's death was a detached, "Well, that's bold." Much more moving to me was when Ethel had to give up her little boy -- I actually shed a tear. There was an honest pathos in that (perhaps because it had been set up last season) that I felt was lacking from Sybil's death. It's not the suddenness to which I object -- life is like that -- as much as the feeling that the writers were just reaching for some big mid-season shocker.

I think there are four books in total but I've only read the first. My library has the first, third, and fourth. I keep meaning to talk with the librarian and insist they get the second as well. I can't remember all the names. Shadows of the Workhouse? I'm sure googling her name will bring them up.

This is what I keep saying! She's not being fair. There's no guarantee Sybil would have lived even with an immediate c-section. None! Women STILL die sometimes, even with the drugs we have available today.
But then again, the poor woman just lost her daughter. She's wild with grief, and anyone who has survived grief knows that your thoughts aren't really rational at times.
And then my family member/friend/store clerk nods and looks over my shoulder, saying awkwardly, "Um...yeah...so anyway..."
So maybe I should stop obsessing about it?

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