Palin's Medical Records...

@anniepa (25214)
United States
October 22, 2008 3:59am CST
I'll get accused of attacking poor Sarah again or trying to get people to hate her but this is really just a very simple question - all of the other major players in this Presidential campaign have released their medical records but Sarah Palin, the youngest among them and from all reports someone who is in excellent health and works out regularly. Does anyone else agree with me that it seems like she must have something to hide by refusing to do what is usually a pretty routine thing. Below is a link to an article about the circumstances surrounding the birth of her youngest child. I think her actions here showed poor judgment and apparently many doctors agree with me, but I know it was her call to make. http://andrewsullivan.theatlantic.com/the_daily_dish/2008/10/palins-medica-2.html Any thoughts? Annie
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• United States
22 Oct 08
Honestly, I put this one squarely in the "don't care" column. No one but Sarah Palin was in her body to know what she was feeling, how strong her contractions were or anything else. As a mother of five, I've worked right up to the day before I delivered with some of my pregnancies. I had that right - and so does she. It's a non-issue.
• United States
22 Oct 08
I worked right up til the day before I delivered with mine too. My doctor did not have problem with it. I did not have problem with it. So why does that matter.
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• United States
22 Oct 08
Let me be more clear - what Sarah Palin did during her pregnancy is a non-issue. I really don't care about her pregnancy - I really don't even care if, as some have suggested, her medical records indicate that she wasn't pregnant. I do care that her medical records haven't been released, especially because such a big deal has been made about the medical records of the other candidates. There have been surmises that she may suffer from SAD - not a deal breaker for me, especially since treatment for SAD is so easy - but it could be a deal breaker for a lot of people.
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@piasabird (1737)
• United States
22 Oct 08
Joe Biden has had a previous brain aneurysm and in his health report there isn't a brain scan in it. That seems kind of strange.
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@evanslf (485)
22 Oct 08
Interesting article, certainly it gives the impression that Palin is a bit of a risk taker though I suspect there will be many who will have more important reasons for not liking Palin. Yes one can argue that she showed poor judgement in that she didn't go to the hospital as soon as her water broke (risk of infection, etc). On the other hand it is not unusual for the contractions to start a 48 hours or more later after the water breaks (my wife went to hospital when her water broke but was sent home and the contractions didn't start until 2 or even 3 days later - can't remember exactly). That said, the article doesn't necessarily portray Palin in a bad light. Yes, she certainly took risks and one can argue that she took real risks that most others would not have taken, but on the other hand this story shows some gutsy - if not even boneheaded - determination, something to be admired (reminds me of my father who kept on working til the very end and never told us he was suffering from pancreatic cancer).
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@anniepa (25214)
• United States
22 Oct 08
I'm sorry, it seems a lot of you are focusing on the article mainly and not on the main question I meant to raise in this post - why Palin won't release her medical records. Regarding her actions prior to her baby's birth, from what I gathered the fact she had had the amnio and that she was having a special needs baby early made it a little bit more than just being determined, but it washer call to make. Although had her plane been forced to make an emergency landing because she'd gone into heavy labor the other passengers may not have been so understanding! Annie
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@irishidid (8104)
• United States
22 Oct 08
I didn't go to the doctor with my last pregnancy until I was almost eight months pregnant. I also took Flintstones vitamins instead of prenatal ones. When I did go to the doctor it was no big deal and I delivered a healthy baby boy. I can only speculate what was in Palin's thoughts when she had the amniocentesis. Maybe she wanted to prepare herself for the possibility of a down syndrome child or just following doctors orders. I had an amniocentesis but for a different reason. It was my first pregnancy and a scheduled c-section. The procedure was done on the same day my daughter was born. It sounds a lot like a nail being poked through a thick piece of canvas. I don't know if the risks are different in a case like that. As for the water breaking, I used to work at a bowling alley years ago and I recall a woman dropping her kid off in the nursery, announcing she would probably get him early because her water broke. She wanted to get in a few rounds of bowling before leaving for the hospital. Go figure! Even the best of circumstances doesn't guarantee things won't go wrong in the end.
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• United States
22 Oct 08
Well sense we do not have her medical records we do not know if any of this actually happened. The article was full of "as far we know" (sense we do not have the medical records there may be a lot they do not know)and "what could have happened". No one knows anything for sure. That is until she releases her medical records. I think she should release her medical records. All the other candidates have. But I do think the privacy of her children is important so their medical records should not be released. I am wondering if the reason she is not releasing them is because akk of her childrens medical information would be in there too. At least the part were she was pregnant with them and all of their deliverys. I really do not think I need to know if she had an epedoral, or not. I am sure the news would be talking about it though.
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@ZephyrSun (7399)
• United States
22 Oct 08
Well why should she be any different? If all the otherpeople running for president or vice president have to release medical records then why is she exempt? I don't get it. All the conservatives have bytch about all the same issues about Obama and are ok with their person doing the same thing. Goes all back to that it's ok if my guy does it but not yours. As for the article it shows really bad judgment on Palin's part for having a high risk pregnancy. Just sad that she cared enough about not having an abortion because that kills babies but didn't worry about what kind of damage she was doing to the baby doing all of that stuff she wanted to do.
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@piasabird (1737)
• United States
22 Oct 08
Your issues have been brought up in another forum I visit and so I decided to look up Down Syndrome. It isn't the fault of the mother or anything she did. It's a gene that causes it. And I don't see how this was a high risk pregnancy. Don't know why she hasn't released her health reports but she should. But then there are about three lawsuits asking Obama for proof that he is a legal citizen and he is just blowing them off so far.
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@ZephyrSun (7399)
• United States
22 Oct 08
Reread my post you must have read it wrong because I didn't say that the baby having Downs Syndrome had anything to do with any actions of Palin. Well but since you brought this up, a woman over 40 having a child has a huge increase in the chance of having a child with Downs Syndrome, there is medical proof over so try a medical site if you want actual statistics. You can also ask any medical doctor and they will classify any pregnancy in a woman over 40 as high risk and any pregnancy with possible birth defects is classified as high risk.
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@piasabird (1737)
• United States
22 Oct 08
I did not know that any pregnancy over forty was considered high risk. I don't think there is an s at the end of Down in Down Syndrome.
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@clrumfelt (5420)
• United States
22 Oct 08
Palin had already been through five pregnancies prior to this one. I have to believe she was comfortable enough with her pregnancy and knowing her own body to assess it would be a very small risk for her to continue her activities up to a certain point. Everyone has to take small risks in pregnancies because there are so many unknowns to consider. I probably wouldn't have done it but I don't feel negatively about her for what she did. It's a personal matter.
@Taskr36 (13874)
• United States
22 Oct 08
That's ridiculous! How could she possibly know her body better than her opponents online? These attacks are coming from people who have never even met her so we KNOW they are all experts. [/sarcasm] Frankly I can't see why people care so much. Her child was born perfectly healthy so obviously she managed the pregnancy just fine.
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@clrumfelt (5420)
• United States
22 Oct 08
It's odd how everyone becomes an expert when they want to criticize. That is the stuff of idle gossip and it's sad the election has gone in that direction.
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• United States
23 Oct 08
Yes, Annie, she does make it appear as though she has something to hide by not releasing her medical records. She has appeared the same since she was chosen by McCain. It seems as though we are supposed to make special rules only for her. She evidently has special rules about responding to supeonas, as well. I found her actions during her last days of pregnancy appalling. To know that you are going to have a disabled child, and get on an airplane is mind-boggling! I don't know another woman who would do that. Really, I don't. I am surprised that a pilot would even fly with her on board. The way she had this child and went straight back to work, she could have just squatted in the Governor's office, handed the baby off to "First Dude" and went right back to work. I find her actions totally without care and concern for her newborn.
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@anniepa (25214)
• United States
23 Oct 08
Apparently she didn't appear to be as far along as she was and she didn't inform the airline of her condition. Her supporters love to say how she's been attacked by the media and by the left but anything negative that has been said about her, she's brought on herself. When you stop and consider that some of the same people who have so outraged about the rumors that had circulated about her baby being her daughter's also believed without a doubt that Obama's mother, 18 years old at the time, gave birth to him in Indonesia or Kenya (which was it, I forget now!), immediately hopped a plane to Hawaii and went to a hospital there and somehow got them to say she'd given birth there. Really, which is the more far-fetched story? Annie
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@Opal26 (17694)
• United States
22 Oct 08
Wow annie! That is a really seriously dangerous situation that she put herself and her unborn child in! She actually risked her own life and that of her unborn baby, but why? She knew from early on that her child had down syndrome and even hid it from her own family. I don't understand! And this could be someone who would be one heartbeat away from the Presidency! I don't think that if this was read by the public and I mean really read and digested that people would have to take a long and hard look at this woman and think about the possibily that she could be running the country???
@pismeof (855)
• United States
23 Oct 08
That's real simple;Contrary to what others in this campaign do.She's Pro-Life! not only does she talk the talk ,She walks the walk!
• United States
22 Oct 08
First of all, I respond to this as a mother, not an expert. That being said, I went through two tough pregnancies & I left the judgement to my doctor as to what I should & should not be doing. Palin did what she wanted to do knowing full well that she was putting herself & her baby at risk. Flying in an airplane at 8 months pregnant? That's insane. I find it strange that she did not announce her pregnancy until she was pretty far along. I told the world if they would listen when I was pregnant! All of this is an issue for the serious voter. It speaks to her judgement on day to day issues. This puts a new spin on Country First. Your kids should always come first. She didn't have to be in Texas for this meeting.
@Taskr36 (13874)
• United States
22 Oct 08
Give me a break Annie. Could you have found a more hateful article? You probably should have just linked to the DailyKOS for a more unbiased opinion. For those who don't remember the Atlantic was the same organization who hired the photographer that did this (WARNING: Graphic Images) http://americandigest.org/mt-archives/bad_americans/the_atlantic_mo.php Now, on to the subject of medical records. Annie, did I miss your post demanding Biden's medical records? He's much older and he's had brain aneurysms yet you never demanded his medical records. He only released them yesterday you know and he's been a VP nominee for longer than Sarah Palin, not to mention he was also running for president prior to that. Were you just going to wait and see if he did so you could make this an issue? Should Palin release 1500 pages as McCain did, or should she merely hand them a 2 year old doctors note that is less than one page long as Obama did? If you'd really cared about medical records you wouldn't have waited till two weeks were left to bring this up. You just saw a new avenue of attack after Biden released his records.
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@bobmnu (8160)
• United States
22 Oct 08
I am surprised that The Atlantic was so nice to her considering how far left they have always been.
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@cbreeze (1209)
• United States
24 Oct 08
I think Sara Palin does have something to hide. I don't think it is anything major like disease or illness. She probably has had cosmetic surgery and does not want it publicized. Most women don't want it known. Being that she is a former beauty queen, I'm sure her appearance is very important to her. What woman wouldn't rather have the world believe that she is naturally slim and beautiful, especially after having five children. Look at how vehemently Starr Jones tried to hide the fact that she had surgery to lose weight.
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@pismeof (855)
• United States
23 Oct 08
Because you feel it is such a "Routine Thing"; Why has Obama not released his medical records?
@anniepa (25214)
• United States
23 Oct 08
He has. Annie
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@pismeof (855)
• United States
24 Oct 08
The only thing Obama has released was a single page document from his doctor that says he's in good health.
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@nishdan01 (3055)
• Singapore
23 Oct 08
Let her hide the medical reports. It has all to do with the pregnancy that is over now and now the child may be more than 6 months. Then why worry? If she has a serious medical condition, then there is something to worry. Else, leave it.
@anniepa (25214)
• United States
23 Oct 08
No, it doesn't have all to do with the pregnancy at all. Anyway, since she's now said she'll release her records, I guess the point is moot. Annie
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@suspenseful (40330)
• Canada
22 Oct 08
I do not about the States, but here in Canada, only the doctor has the right to release your medical records and the only reason would be if Mrs. Palin had to change to another medical provider. So maybe she could not get the records or only part of them. She is also young. With McCain it would be different, since he might die in office, and with Obama, he lived a lot of his life in another country and there is a danger that the food he ate or the water he drank was contaminated with parasites such as ringworm so for him it was a health issue.
• United States
23 Oct 08
What? Somehow I do not believe that you can only have your own medical records released "if you change to another medical provider" in Canada. In the United States, you only have to sign a release and indicate where you want your medical records released to. It's no big deal. People do it all the time with Social Security and SSI, as well as for many other reasons.
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• Melbourne, Australia
1 Nov 09
I am not american so I don't have a clue what this is about... but.... isn't it her decision as to what she says to people medically? Say for example YOU were in her place right now, you several years ago had a nasty yeast infection (yep it can get kinda nasty) & now you are being blasted for not telling the world about it. Is it going to effect the way she runs office??? OMG a yeast infection...don't vote for her. Now understand why SHE has every right nOT to show the world her medical history. Really are you going to hate he cause she decides not to tell you about a small matter that really only effects her & not the entire world? Big deal about how she handled the birth. Heck just because a doctor thinks she should have done it different does not make them right. As far as I know she has had children before & would kinda know what to do.