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Friday Weisblog: He is no doctor of mine!

Dr. Phil annoys me. There, I said it.

He sits there on his high horse telling you how you should live your life.

dr-philHe tells you how to have a good marriage … yet he himself is a divorcee, and if you believe the entertainment publications of today, his current marriage is a bit shaky, too.

He writes books on how to lose weight, yet those same millions who buy them would be frightened to death if they ever saw a shirtless Dr. Phil on the beach.

So yes, I generally go out of my way to avoid watching his show. However, my wife and I were “channel surfing” last night when we came across his show. Admittedly, I didn’t watch very long, but I saw enough. He and some “expert” were talking about the mother of the octuplets (a favorite subject of mine as you know), Nadya Suleman.

They played some of the voice mails she’s received from the citizens of America – of course, they picked out the ones that the crazy people sent her. (You’ll be happy to know I did not send a message … lol). One voice mailer in particular was particularly inappropriate, saying she should “have her uterus ripped out.”

While that is certainly a bit over the top, what did you expect the American people to think about this subject? Surely you didn’t think there would be a groundswell of support for this irresponsible woman! No job, no house, 14 kids ages seven and younger, fertility treatments, eight kids at once … you go, girl!

Then there was the worst part … glorifying the mother of 14. Next … the never-before-seen footage … Nadya at her high school prom! Excuse me, where’s the relevancy here? What’s next? When we return, we’ll show you the exclusive footage of Nadya going to the 7-11 for a roll of paper towels. Stay tuned; or Next, we take you along for the ride to the supermarket as Nadya pays for the groceries for her 14 kids with $2,000 in food stamps.

Pathetic. Simply pathetic.

Friday Weisblog: Octuplets revisited

If you are not already questioning Nadya Suleman’s decision-making skills, this will most likely steer you in that direction: American taxpayers will be picking up the $1.3 million hospital bill incurred when she recently gave birth to her octuplets.

Don’t get agitated yet, folks … because it gets worse. Significantly worse. Here’s what else you get to foot the bill for: The unemployed Suleman had already been caring for her other six children by living in her parents’ house and getting $490 per month in food stamps. Additionally, she gets Social Security disability payments for three of her children – and the food stamp total is pretty much a certainty to go up with the new additions to her family.

Octuplets. Can you imagine?!

Octuplets. Can you imagine?!

That’s still not all! According to the Los Angeles Times, the hospital where the octuplets are expected to spend seven to 12 weeks has requested reimbursement from Medi-Cal, the state’s Medicaid program, for care of the premature babies.

Over the course of these 14 kids’ childhoods, that means untold millions of dollars being sucked up by this family.

The $64,000 question begs to be asked: If she’s on food stamps, where did she get the money for the fertility treatments?

Forget the big banks and insurance companies. The government needs to earmark some of the bailout money to the American people for paying for this woman’s blatant misuse of a system put in place for those who really need it.

I try the best I can to keep this blog relatively noncontroversial, but this woman’s actions bother me. I’m sure a reality show/movie/book deal/talk show appearances are coming soon, which will make this even more of a mockery of the system than it already is.

I was at least glad to see that even Nadya’s mom blasted Nadya for this. Good for her! After all, her “golden years” just went down the toilet. Now, she is saddled with the chore of raising kids because her daughter couldn’t even afford the ones she had prior to adding eight more health-challenged infants into the mix!

This is an outrage, and I hope the rest of the country can see this for what it really is.

Monday Weisblog: Crazy eight update

Last week I told you about the woman who gave birth to eight babies in five minutes. Today, there’s more to share with you – and the story just gets more and more bizarre as we go along.

8-babies-moneyThe mother has now been identified as 33-year-old Nadya Suleman. Her mother, Angela Suleman, says that Nadya is “obsessed with children.” Oh, did I forget to tell you she has SIX other children, the oldest of which is seven years old (including two-year-old twins)?

To recap, that means Nadya now has FOURTEEN children ages seven and younger.

Angela gave us some more nuggets of wisdom: She said all the eggs came from the same sperm donor, but that her ex-husband is not the father. In order to support her daughter, Nadya’s dad now must go back to his native Iraq where he worked as a contractor.  (The article gives no further mention of the ex-husband, so one is left to wonder who and where he is.)

So why would anyone in her right mind already with six children want more, especially without a husband? Well, she once worked as a psychiatric technician until she was injured on the job – so she must have been a little too close to the inmates.

Even an exasperated Angela said of her daughter’s obsession with children: “I wish she would have just become a kindergarten teacher.”

There are 100 questions going through my mind? Who’s paying for these babies? Is this woman and/or this family expecting to make a fortune off their new additions? What kind of television/book/movie deals do they have lined up, if anything? What kind of doctor would have allowed this, and who paid for the original procedure to do the “fertilization” in the first place?

This whole thing smells, but it is what it is, and it’s already been done. At the end of the day I am most concerned with the well-being of the kids and their long-term health.

Comments? Feedback? Does anyone else know something about this situation I don’t? Please share.

Wednesday Weisblog: Are you KID-ding me?

This past Monday at the Bellflower Medical Center in California, all hands were on deck in the maternity ward. When everything was said and done, history had been made. The mother, who chooses to remain anonymous, had just given birth to eight babies – in a five-minute span!

eightisenoughlogoReports say that the parents and physicians were shocked when the final child was born – because they were only expecting seven. Hey, we got seven, what’s one more? they probably thought.

The most amazing part is that all eight babies (ranging in weight from one pound, fifteen ounces to three pounds, four ounces) have survived so far and appear to be in decent health, all things considered. They are only the second set of live octuplets in history that have survived more than just a few hours. Of course, they won’t know for sure for awhile, and there is higher risk of health problems in cases such as this.

“All the babies were delivered vigorously, crying and kicking,” said Dr. Mandhir Gupta, a neonatologist at Kaiser Permanente Bellflower Medical Center.

The best quote of all was this gem by the good Doctor Gupta: “She’s a very strong woman, so she probably will be able to handle all eight babies.”

With all due respect, Dr. Gupta, I respond thusly: EASY FOR YOU TO SAY, DUDE! One baby is a chore; two babies are difficult; eight babies is a day-care!

Hollywood is buzzing over the fact that Molly Ringwald is expecting twins. I say, “big deal!”

Until she can accomplish the feat of this woman, I am simply not impressed!

All kidding aside, say a prayer for the continued health of these kids. They still have a long road ahead of them before they are officially pronounced healthy.