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It’s midnight, and poor Dr. Dad still isn’t home.  We were expecting him around 5:30, but that’s how it goes sometimes.  We ate dinner without him.  The kids went to bed without seeing Daddy.  There were several things I’d hoped he could help me with once he got home.  I’m sure he would have liked to have some dinner by now, too.

But it’s not those things that hit me the hardest on a day like today.  He’s late because someone has a sick baby.  They came in for what should have been a “regular” delivery.  But once the baby was born, (s)he ended up not doing so well.  Dr. Dad did what he could to stabilize the baby and then called for transport to a near-by NICU(we don’t have one in our small-town hospital). 

I hate these kinds of days(and nights) because although I know my husband is a very capable pediatrician, there is only so much medicine can do. 

And I hate these kinds of days because this family should be celebrating the birth of a baby, and are instead probably scared about what lies ahead. 

I hate these kinds of days because it reminds me that even when everything looks “normal”, there’s always a chance for a trainwreck.  There’s always the chance that something could go wrong. 

But these kinds of days also remind me that I shouldn’t complain about the minor things that went wrong today; I should celebrate all the things that went right.

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Love him or hate him, Senator Obama is our new president, and health care most likely won’t be immune to his push for “change.”

Prior to the election, Obama shared his ideas for healthcare reform in the October 9th issue of the New England Journal of Medicine. The article can be found here. Unfortunately, the article seems to sugarcoat what Obama really wants the U.S. to move toward – government-run health care. Now even within the medical community there exists some ideological segregation on whether a form of socialized medicine is good for this country. I happen to belong to the camp that balks at big government and thinks any type of universal healthcare program would be bad for this country. However, I welcome discourse on this topic and will be addressing it in more detail in the near future.

I realize this isn’t a political  blog, but as medical wives we will be more personally affected by healthcare reform, and it’s our responsibility to stay informed and be engaged in conversations about health care in this country.

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When Daddy’s On-Call Quiche

Daddy’s not a big fan of quiches, but my preschooler loves them.

“When Daddy’s on-call again, can we have quiche?” she recently asked.

And so we did.

Here’s our favorite quiche recipe:

Basic Quiche

Ingredients:
4 eggs
1 cup feta cheese
1 cup half and half
Dash of salt, pepper, and nutmeg
1-10 ounce package of frozen chopped spinach, cooked (Make sure to squeeze out the extra moisture once the spinach is cooked or the quiche will turn out soggy.)
OR about 2 cups shredded fresh baby spinach (just tear leaves into pieces with your hands; this is a great job for little ones)
Prepared pie crust

1. Preheat oven to 375°.
2. Puncture pie crust with a fork, and bake for about 10 minutes.
3. Whisk eggs in a bowl.
4. Beat in remaining ingredients.
5. Fill pie crust, and bake until golden brown, about 35-45 minutes.

Quiche variations: Add one or more of the following: bacon, mushrooms, 2 tablespoons of chopped chives, chopped tomatoes, etc. You can also try making it with different types of cheeses.

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