Why not us?
Just one more, another Sarah and Trig piece – this one published in the UK Times. Sarah asked after baby Trig’s Down syndrome diagnosis, “Why us?”
Todd Palin’s response, “Why not us?”
Sarah Palin: my life with a Down’s syndrome child
In her memoir, US vice-presidential candidate tells of the problems and the joy of living with her special needs son
A couple of years ago I began to notice some peculiar yet familiar physical symptoms, like the smell of cigarettes making me feel more nauseated than usual. For a few weeks, I brushed these aside. Then I began to suspect something.
There was no way I could buy a home pregnancy test in Alaska. I was the state governor. The supermarket cashiers would know, the people in the queue would know, and the next thing I’d see would be a headline. There were still a few things that I thought were not for public consumption, at least not at first.
My chance came when I flew to New Orleans to speak at an oil and gas conference. I asked my security guy to drop me off at a pharmacy. Back at the hotel, before my speech, I followed the instructions on the pregnancy test box. Slowly a pink image materialised on the stick. Holy geez!
Todd and I had always dreamt of a big family, and he, especially, dreamt of having another boy — bookends for his three daughters.
I quickly prayed about this surreal situation. First, that I’d even be able to fathom it. I was happy but I could hear the critics:
“She’ll be distracted from state business.”
“She won’t be physically up to the job.”
“That’s what we get for electing the first woman governor.”
I sighed and stared at the ceiling. These are really less-than-ideal circumstances. And for a split second it hit me: I’m out of town. No one knows I’m pregnant. No one would ever have to know. continue