Have you ever walked around Baltimore

         Dear readers, I continue to introduce you to excerpts from my book "Angels drink milk". 

 A few dark-skinned girls were dancing twerk[1] on the pavement to music that sounded like "Boom-boom-boom." In general, the Harbor embankment was renovated into a promenade only recently (around 1980-s), before that there were port docks, which were boring and unsafe to walk on. But now it was a very busy and interesting place, lit up in the evening by hundreds of streetlights and advertising signs.

  The city outskirts looked quite gray and boring, but against the background of skyscrapers stood out interesting buildings, for example, a colorful building of a former factory, converted into an entertainment complex. A huge guitar on one of a building side invited passersby to one of the most popular theme restaurants in the world "Hard Rock Café".



    It's not without a reason that in America Baltimore is considered a "gray" and criminal city, in many cases there are good reasons for such a fame. However, this cannot be said about the whole Baltimore, there are places that differ in comfort and peacefulness. For example, a historical quarter Mount Vernon, that in its design resembled old European towns. In the central square of the quarter, it was fun: here and there children scurried around on skateboards; people were taking photos near a huge round gray stele on top of which stood a small statue and near the monument to the national hero riding a dashing horse. Looking at her phone with its built-in navigator, Jin Ho realized that it was a Monument to George Washington. The monument in honor of the first President of the United States was completed in the first half of the nineteenth century and has a height of 62 meters. This is the first monument to the President in America. That column is the main historical monument of Baltimore, inside which the Washington Museum is located on the first floor, and from there a spiral staircase leads up to the observation platform. The girl took the opportunity to climb the stairs, and was amazed by the magnificent view of the Harbor and the entire city from a bird's-eye view.

    Next to the stele and the Washington Monument was another very notable historic building, Peabody Conservatory. It was founded by philanthropist George Peabody in 1857. During the classes at the medical University they heard about this educational institution: due to the American Civil War, the completion of this Greek-Italian building and the opening of the Conservatory were delayed until 1866. In the following years, thanks to the efforts of famous composers, conductors, and other figures in the field of musical creativity, the Institute grew from a small local Academy to a Conservatory known throughout the world. The requirements for applicants and graduates are very high. Since 1977, the Peabody Conservatory has been included in the John Hopkins University, where Jin Ho had been studying at that time.

    The monument to the national hero on a dashing horse according to Google maps turned out to be a statue of Major General Marquis Gilbert de Lafayette in memory of the long US-French military mutual aid. He headed detachments of French volunteers in the struggle for American independence in 1777.



    In general, the Central part of the Mount Vernon quarter was full of statues: both with images of people and animals. For some reason, Jin Ho liked a lion sculpture, with which she took a selfie. Also nearby was a beautiful fountain with a statue of the Greek Cupid in the center of it. The girl did not take photos near the fountain and the statue of Cupid: the sculptor too openly depicted all his anatomic details, as if he was looking up to Italian David's statue[2]. The building of United Methodist Church caught her eye. The Church, built at the end of the 19th century, pierced the sky with its spire to a height of exactly 62 meters: to build anything higher than the monument to George Washington was officially banned. It was no longer surprising that the Foundation of the church was made of red brick, the most affordable material in the "industrial" city.

    Among the tenements of Mount Vernon dated back to the beginning of the 20th century, there were very interesting buildings in the Art Nouveau style that looked incredible in the pictures, but Jin Ho had only time to get some snacks and get to the theater. The girl had dinner in a Chinese cafe. For dinner, she paid $7, which included a huge plate of seafood soup, a similar plate of rice with vegetables and beef, and a teapot of tea. The invariable fortune cookie for tea with giving her a reason to think: "You need to take a break and prepare for the fateful meeting." She wondered what that means.

On the narrow streets on the way to the theater, she repeatedly met groups of homeless people: she tried not to pay attention to these marginal groups. This picture was normal for Baltimore, as for America as a whole. America in this regard is an amazing country: insane luxury and fabulous prices are combined with African poverty.


 



[1]Twerk is a dance in which the movements of the buttocks and thighs are actively used.

[2] David is a masterpiece of Renaissance sculpture created in marble between 1501 and 1504 by the Italian artist Michelangelo. David is a 5.17-metre marble statue of the Biblical figure David, a favored subject in the art of Florence.

Such a controversial Las Vegas!

      Dear readers, I continue to introduce you to excerpts from my book "Angels drink milk". 

    The life of the city depended on the visiting guests who came here for the sole purpose of spending money. And the more they spent, the more they were welcome. During the day, Las Vegas looked pretty decent: warm sunlight glinted off storefronts and tall office buildings, and the stream of office managers working and scurrying back and forth; sometimes they even met moms with children and elderly retirees. In general, except for the obsessive advertising at every turn, Las Vegas by day was like hundreds of cities in the world, living in the rhythm of complex human relationships. However, everything changed with the coming of darkness…

    Thousands of lights were lit here and there, giving the impression that every building was either a casino or a restaurant or at least a coffee shop. The streets of the city were lit up everywhere with various posters, neon ads, colored lanterns; half-drunk people were entering and leaving the establishments. There were many times more cars on the roads than in the daytime, and they were very expensive cars, brand-name brands. Handsome looking men and women in sumptuous evening dresses came out of them, smelling of the exquisite aromas of expensive perfumes, going either to play or to dinner, not caring at all about those who remained behind the scenes of their elite life. There were plenty of those left behind, too: casino and hotel attendants, drivers of expensive cars, and eventually prostitutes and beggars. The sexual satisfaction industry in Las Vegas is actually approved by the administration and brings in a lot of money, so booming on all the significant streets of the city. Here you can always find "goods" for every taste and purse, and even representatives of non-traditional orientation. Looking from the outside at all this masquerade of wealth and poverty, it becomes quite clear why Las Vegas won the fame of the "City of gambling and sins". Neither the police nor the authorities were in sight, but there were a few big guys standing at the front of each establishment: Vegas had its own mafia and its own rules, everything looked beautiful and luxurious from the outside, and the inside was rotten with mold.

     "Let's go check out the video screen on Fremont Street. By the way, they say it's made in South Korea," Kevin offered.

    "Of course I want to see it!"Jin Ho never stopped admiring the scale of the business industry.

    A magnificent screen-dome in the form of an arch was created by the Korean company "LG" its length was four blocks, and it was as high as thirty meters, it was located on the pedestrian part of Fremont Street. There were some ads and video shows on it, and from time to time clips of songs by popular artists were included. Jin Ho was unpleasantly surprised and shocked to see the public walking along the street: companies of men and women dressed in ridiculous depraved costumes were mostly drunk. The police took a glib view of it. Jin Ho was shocked to see a naked man walking innocently under the screen ing-string pantie sand horns on his head, pretending to be an imp. It was disgusting, but she didn't show it.

    The young couple was completely exhausted that day: they went to the Amusement Park, walked along the main streets of the city, where they had time to see a replica of the Brooklyn Bridge, the Egyptian Pyramid and the figure of the Sphinx, as well as a medieval castle and other Grand buildings. Finally, they decided to visit the chic territory of the "Bellagio" hotel where they sat on a cozy bench in the light of music fountain. Hugging each other, the young people looked with pleasure at the amazing music fountain, which glowed with all the colors of the rainbow.


About Korean orphaned children.

    Paradoxically, there are quite a lot of "abandoned" children in seemingly prosperous Korea, and their parents are mostly alive and are doing well. There are more than 20 orphanages in Seoul alone.


    
Why do they not want to raise their children in their families, but give them up to the state? Mostly, of course, these are children born from the young unmarried mothers, as well as children with disabilities and children from mixed marriages. In the true mentality of Koreans, illegitimate children by definition should not be, this may put shame on the entire family. If a woman is not married, then automatically there should be no children! And even more terrible cases, when children enter the shelter after the divorce: both parents refuse them, explaining the inability to support them financially. In addition, South Korea is probably the only developed country that allows practically unrestricted adoption of orphans to other countries, although this flow has been significantly decreasing in recent years. Many adoption agencies strongly encourage mothers who are in a difficult life situation to put their child up for adoption and then the agencies would start looking for foster parents abroad. Because it is more profitable for these organizations in financial terms. This is just a business built on hundreds of babies who were torn from their mothers' breasts, on the broken psyche of these children and their mothers, perhaps even on the lives of these children: after all, some of them do not live to adulthood in foster homes in foreign countries. Despite the efforts of public organizations of single mothers and social assistance funds, the situation in the minds of people is very difficult to change.

    The majority of the rejected babies are those whose mothers were not given an abortion this is the reverse side of the coin of the abortion ban. There is only hope that the baby, at least, remains alive, has a chance to find good foster parents and get out into the world. Although the fact of being in an orphanage in Korea is usually hidden, as it is usually perceived as a "stigma". It is paradoxical that sometimes even big politicians and heads of entire states find it difficult to find the key to the historical foundations that have "outlived" themselves and take responsibility for new decisions.

    Some steps are still being taken to change the attitude towards orphaned children: Children's day is officially celebrated every year in May, and in the new millennium it has also been called The day of Adoption, as the top authorities thought about the problem of the survival of the nation. On this day, all families who have children, arrange holidays for them, entertain and pamper them in every possible way and the families who do not have children yet may start thinking about adopting a child on the day.

There are also ordinary people with a big kind heart who help children and their future parents to make a step towards each other. For example, one of the photographers in Seoul, Cho Se-Hyun, was once asked to photograph orphans who had reached the age of one hundred days. Why hundred? In traditional Korean beliefs, it was customary to think that if a child lived to the hundredth day, then it was most likely that he would survive in this cruel world. From this photo session, emerged as the project "Letter from Angels",designed to find a Korean mother and father for each orphan. Letter from Angels "is an annual exhibition of photo portraits of children given up for adoption, along with Korean famous politicians, actors and singers. Many of them leave their children messages that are especially touching to read. Every year, an exhibition of photographs of orphaned children is held in major cultural centers, as well as photographs are printed in glossy magazines or placed on stands in the city.

    The trend of recent years is encouraging: after 2015, adoption in Korea slightly exceeded foreign adoption, and the authorities are doing everything possible to ensure that orphans find their own home and loving parents in their homeland. And even better, if every mother, regardless of nationality, gave birth to a child, felt an invisible subtle connection with him and did not allow her to break it under any circumstances the situation would be different! As it is understood by those mothers, who have known the bitterness of intrauterine loss of a child, the inability to conceive, stillbirth. After all, it is not our children who are born, it is the Angels who choose us to become parents and give us a chance to become better versions of ourselves and give these angels everything we have, and most importantly to share our spiritual mercy. 

Don't believe people who say that 95 percent of infertility is due to psychological factors.

 Dear readers, I continue to introduce you to excerpts from my book "Angels drink milk".    

  Unfortunately, the practice of reproductive assistive technology does not help all couples. Even taking into account the experience and technical capabilities of Korean doctors, the constant re-equipment of clinics with state-of-the-art equipment, and much more, the percentage of treatment success reaches a maximum of 60-70%. Moreover, such a high rate is observed only in young couples under 35 years of age.

    Jin-Ho had a certain number of patients who, unfortunately, she could not help or who "went out of the race" after a series of failures. Each particular case the doctor remembered perfectly, it was her pain and tears. It remained only to pray for the higher powers to grant these couples a "miracle" pregnancy.



    At one point, a married couple from America, very beautiful, relatively young, were being treated at the Korean Medi clinic. When they arrived for the first time for an examination, it seemed that they would not have any problems with conception, outwardly almost everything was normal.

    The protocol started as usually, following the selected pattern. At the puncture, a sufficient number of mature eggs cells were taken from the wife, fertilized, and the husband's spermogram was normal. However, none of the embryos survived to the third day, and on the second day they were still too underdeveloped. And this result was several times in a row, even after changing the treatment tactics…

    There could be many reasons for this: the complete failure of the genome of the husband, whose material was added to the development of the embryo on the third day, inherited genetic breakdowns in the combined genes of the husband and the wife, unsuitable conditions for development outside the uterus. But how to explain all this to young spouses who have put so much hope, time, and money in the struggle for having children? What is most terrible, when changing the type and tactics of conducting the protocol, drugs, pills for the development of embryos and whatever, the final results were untenable.

    The couple from America repeated the protocols several times at the clinic "Korean Medi" and very much believed in success. Only in the last IVF Protocol there was a chance: one embryo survived until the third day, but it was weak in the quality of intracellular mass. However, in the heart of Dr. Kim Jin-Ho and the couple, hope was born, and the strongest supporting therapy for the development of pregnancy was prescribed.

    12 days after the transfer, the woman treacherously began to "bleed", the lower abdomen ached as on the monthly period, and that was all… a failure. Unfortunately, a test for HCG the next day confirmed the worst suspicions, pregnancy did not occur. In such cases, they say that nature cannot be changed: if a couple is not destined to have children, then all the best possibilities of modern medicine will not help.

    There are also more mysterious factors of pregnancy absence that can be treated due to the development of reproductive technologies, are autoimmune processes in the body of a woman. Few people have heard about them, but today, every seventh infertile woman has such problems. There are such cases when a woman's body contains so-called killer cells of her own immunity, which reject the embryo when it's attached, or male cells-sperm, or do not allow the fetus to develop, leading to the freezing of its development. Of course, modern 21st-century technologies in the field of fertility have several ways to suppress the immune response of aggressive killer cells. For example, such as immunoglobulin IVS, prescribed to the patient immediately after embryo transfer and later in support of pregnancy. However, sometimes even such tricks can't help you to trick on the body, at least after the first attempt of IVF.

    "You should not give up if your first attempt fails," said the doctor of one of the patients with an autoimmune factor. "You need to try and try until the result is achieved! Some are "lucky" and after one attempt of IVF get pregnant, and someget the result only after the fifth. With a positive test, you will have to be regularly checked up by an immunologist and a hematologist for the entire pregnancy, in order to restrain your cells and prevent them from affecting the development of the fetus!

    "We have not been able to get pregnant for so many years,we had a diagnosis infertility of unknown origin! We tried every treated, up to homeopathy and leeches! Was it all caused just by some immune cells?" asked the patient and her husband.

    "I have had couples with an autoimmune factor and almost all of them, even if not from the first attempt, but from the second, the third, got pregnant and eventually gave birth to a child. This is an insidious diagnosis, but it is quite treatable with the help of modern drugs. You must believe in yourself and in medicine, otherwise why did you come here?"

    "Yes, you are right, we need to try, because as they say,nothing ventured, nothing gained,"the woman agreed.

    "You should understand that there is no diagnosis of infertility of uncertain origin, there is always a reason for not getting pregnant, and only an experienced doctor can get what that reason is. Don't believe people who say that 95 percent of infertility is due to psychological factors, just the opposite, 95 percent is due to physiological reasons!"

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Have you ever walked around Baltimore

             Dear readers, I continue to introduce you to excerpts from my book  "Angels drink milk".     A few dark-skinned girls...