Saturday, April 19, 2014

Chocolate Bunnies

For over a decade, I spent my Easter Vigils stuffing over 200 plastic eggs for our four kids. 

I realize it may have been an over-obsessive amount of eggs, but I blame it on my Latin roots (read: my mother), because God forgive me if we have unexpected guests and not enough food, drink, wine, or Easter eggs for everyone to go home happy.

Last year I stuffed the eggs with a combination of candy, money, and lotto scratchers.

Now with two kids in college, one in high school, and our (6 foot tall) baby finishing up middle school this year, I've decided to call it quits. Your Doctor's Wife can stuff it no longer.

I bought the kids Easter cards and chocolate bunnies. 

However, I now realize I made one fatal flaw in my Easter plans.

I bought the chocolate bunnies too early.

Yes, my friends... this past week, in various fits of stress, I ate the four chocolate bunnies. One by one. The good news is that the bunnies didn't suffer. They were devoured quite quickly. 

So now, on Easter, my kids will get a card. A card.

And you know what?

I don't feel bad about it. At all.


Happy Easter





Thursday, April 17, 2014

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Biotech Fortunes

Biotech has completely taken over my life. 

Every waking hour is consumed with biotech. 
If I'm not physically acting on behalf of it, 
I've got it on the brain.

I feel like I'm running a race against time.

I'm running a race against larger companies with more financial capital. 

But I can't give up. 

My fortune cookie told me so...


Now, that's serious, people.
...
That's serious.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Medical Monday {April Edition, Vol. 2}


There are uber-special moments which pepper your life.

I'm not talking special moments which only come to focus in hindsight, like the conversation you had with a high school teacher which turned to have tremendous impact on your life, or a turning point in your career which can only be identified after the dust has settled.

Nor am I referring to those special long awaited moments... graduations, match day, wedding, birth of a baby.

I'm talking about those unexpected, yet surreal special moments. They are unscripted, unanticipated moments. They catch you by surprise. These moments play out before you in slow motion and in that second you realize you must savor the moment, because something very special is happening.

You then replay that moment again and again in your head and in your heart because you felt so blessed, so loved, so special. You realize this will be one of those important moments which you will fall back on when you feel the hospital and your DrH's patients are more important than you.

Doc H created one of those moments for me not too long ago at a benefit auction we attended together. And yet, for the majority of the time, I didn't even realize what was happening.

It was a wonderful surprise. It will bring me smiles, warmth, and love every time I reminisce the memory... or slip it on my finger.

While it's a hard life, it's a GOOD LIFE!



Look here....



April Medical Monday Link-Up and BlogHop


Are you confused if you qualify for the party?


If you have a pager interrupting your life... you DEFINITELY qualify!
Do you work in healthcare?
Doctor? Nurse? EMT? Chiropractor? Vet? Dentist? Therapist?
MA? NA? PA? DA?
Are you the spouse or SO of a healthcare worker/student?
Are you a nursing student? Medical student?
Intern? Resident? Fellow?

You get the picture, right? Come on, now... don't be shy! Let's keep growing and meeting new bloggers, so we can build a community of support and friendship, learn from one another, and share our stories.

LINK UP YOUR POST!

Here are the rules:
  1. Follow your co-hosts via Bloglovin, GFC (if you are Blogger), FB, email or Twitter.
  2. Link up you medical/med life blog. If your blog name does not clearly state how you fit in to the med/med life world, please write a little intro or link up a specific post which clearly demonstrates your connection.
  3. Visit at least 3 other link ups, comment, introduce yourself, and tell the your stopping by or following from MM!
  4. Help spread the word by using our button on your post or sidebar, tweet about Medical Monday, or spread the word on Facebook! The more the merrier for all of us.
Complete step one by following your co-hosts:
Want to be awesome? Help us spread the word by grabbing and posting the Medical Monday button on your post or sidebar...



Want to co-host next month? Shoot Jane an email at fromadoctorswife@gmail.com and be sure to write "Medical Monday Co-host Request" in the subject field.

Now, link up below and have fun! The link up is open through Friday, so be sure to come back during the week to check some great reads!

Monday, March 17, 2014

The Power of Twitter

I'll admit, when I signed up for Twitter over two years ago, I had no idea what I was doing. Quickly, I figured out I was twitting.

It only took me two months to figure that out.

Then came the followers. Who were these people? Why are they interested in what I have to say in 140  characters or less?

Then I followed. Would I care about what any of these people twitted?

I was skeptical.

But, like a soldier, I marched on to the land of pound signs, wanna-be porn stars trolls, and short links which I was sure contained deadly computer viruses. Doesn't everyone know links all begin with www?

I was very unsure of the benefit of twitting.

Fast forward two years and 914 Twitter followers later and I... Get... It.

Twitter has allowed me a network of people I could never build in real life. It's my cyber-network.

Let me share this story with you...

The last few weeks, I've been spinning my wheels with our new start-up. My main goal? Funding. If you remember, we've learned our lessons with VC's. That's all I'm going to say about that. So, I've been feeling like I've been thrown in a time warp back to 19-yada-yada when I was beginning my career in marketing. Back then, we called it "Dialing for Dollars", now I'm calling it "Begging for Backing". Concept is the same, the terminology has just evolved.

In a move to make sure I have left no stone unturned, I tweeted about my plight and guess what? I got answers!

Specifically, I got specific answers and even contacts... I'm talking names and numbers of bankers who have even more answers for me!

Yes, out of the Twitter-land cloud, Ben, from Physician Family Financial Advisors emerged to help out another cyber-stranger. This kind man took time out of his days (weekends, even!) to research other avenues for me. I cannot express my gratitude. Ben went beyond and above for me.

Ben specializes in helping physicians and their families as they struggle through the financial roller coaster of being an MD.

If you have money questions, by all means... call Ben. His link is now on my sidebar for easy reference.

Tell him Emma and Twitter sent you.

Ask for Ben


*This recommendation is based from my own personal experience with Ben. This is not a paid sponsorship or endorsement. 







Monday, March 3, 2014

Medical Monday {March Edition, Volume 2)

This past week, I tried my best to escape living a Dr.'s Wife life. I packed myself up and left the house for a week... by myself... or so I thought.

After a series of unscripted events, I ended up with unexpected (but very welcome) company on my week my week of solitude.

My friend and her four-year-old daughter met up with me. It was eye-opening experience. You see, this little lady is living life with Cystic Fibrosis. In all likelihood, you do not know anyone with CF. Count yourself lucky... it is a terrible, terrible, rare genetic disease. It is a life of hospital stays of 17-20 days which feel much like solitary confinement. It's a life of expensive drugs, enzymes, high caloric diets, and multiple daily therapies which are each 45 minutes long. It's trying to shield your child from the common cold... for her it could possibly be deadly.

It's a life of fundraising in hopes of better drugs and hoping for a cure. It's a life of pleading with insurance companies, doctors, and pharmacies. There is no money for research. The pharmaceutical companies won't fund research... Cystic Fibrosis is such a rare disease, new drugs would not be profitable. Without a high return on investment, Cystic Fibrosis drugs do not fit the business model.

It is a heart-breaking travesty in every possible way.

So, to those of us who live the med life, I ask you to remember those who are living the flip-side of our med lives. Those are the patients and their families who are living their lives suspended somewhere between desperation and hope, praying for cures, praying for a healthy life

Now let's support all those who are living the med life!



March Medical Monday Link-Up and BlogHop


Are you confused if you qualify for the party?


If you have a pager interrupting your life... you DEFINITELY qualify!
Do you work in healthcare?
Doctor? Nurse? EMT? Chiropractor? Vet? Dentist? Therapist?
MA? NA? PA? DA?
Are you the spouse or SO of a healthcare worker/student?
Are you a nursing student? Medical student?
Intern? Resident? Fellow?

You get the picture, right? Come on, now... don't be shy! Let's keep growing and meeting new bloggers, so we can build a community of support and friendship, learn from one another, and share our stories.

LINK UP YOUR POST!

Here are the rules:
  1. Follow your co-hosts via Bloglovin, GFC (if you are Blogger), FB, email or Twitter.
  2. Link up you medical/med life blog. If your blog name does not clearly state how you fit in to the med/med life world, please write a little intro or link up a specific post which clearly demonstrates your connection.
  3. Visit at least 3 other link ups, comment, introduce yourself, and tell the your stopping by or following from MM!
  4. Help spread the word by using our button on your post or sidebar, tweet about Medical Monday, or spread the word on Facebook! The more the merrier for all of us.
Complete step one by following your co-hosts:
Want to be awesome? Help us spread the word by grabbing and posting the Medical Monday button on your post or sidebar...



Want to co-host next month? Shoot Jane an email at fromadoctorswife@gmail.com and be sure to write "Medical Monday Co-host Request" in the subject field.

Now, link up below and have fun! The link up is open through Friday, so be sure to come back during the week to check some great reads!

Friday, February 21, 2014

It's Not Watergate; But It's My Gate


I've been bombarded. We just received word that our patent is through the first hurdle and it has now been published. I now feel completely under the gun to get the website running, and our SBIR grant application submitted before the April 5 deadline. I ran away yesterday in an effort to solely focus on the task at hand. I left the kids, the dog, and Doc H for a week. Thank God for my mother who is shuttling the younger kids around for me. I left the kids with enough money to order pizza every night for dinner in case Doc H can't leave the hospital in time to get dinner for them.

I drove to our vacation home, where I was greeted at the gate by the painter. He explained the painting process to me and I learned the gate was to be finished in a patina I was not made privy to. So I call Doc H. He's in surgery. Wonderful. Finally talk to him at 10pm (he was still in the hospital), and we get into a raging argument over the stupid gate. I know (despite the fact that I'm going to try to love it) I'm going to hate the gate. I swear if Doc H reaches the pearly gates before me, the first thing I'm doing is pulling that gate off the hinges! {Sorry, Honey, but that's a truth.}

So, to I did my best to relax, by taking a soak in the hot tub and drinking an awfully pretty martini with my dinner. 

Now, the painters are back. Do I go out and stir the pot with the painter and tell him how I would like things done? Or should I just let it be? Is a gate simply worth the trouble and upheaval? It's just a gate, right? So why does it matter so much to me?

Last night before I went to bed, Doc H told me I need to get over it. I know what he was referring to... I need to get used to these changes in our life brought about by the acquisition of the first start up. We are no longer the kids who grew up in modest, middle class homes. We are adults who have experienced some great success. I need to learn how to embrace our success and not be embarrassed by it. 

It's just a gate. It's just a gate. It's just a gate.

Thursday, February 6, 2014

The Truth As It Is

Sometimes spouses argue over important things: how to manage the finances, how the kids should be disciplined, what's an acceptable number of times sex is had per week. That's the stuff that matters to matrimonial harmony.

And then, other times, we argue over the insanely stupid. The stuff that really doesn't matter. Such an instance happened to us two nights ago over dinner and margaritas. We argued over the discrepancies in... our pipe dreams. 

We drove home still debating any random thought which derived from the differences in our pipe dreams. Just for fun, I suppose.

Then, last night we crawled into bed and watched a bit of "American Idol". When this happened...
video
And, immediately Doc H pointed to the television saying, "That's exactly how you got with me last night!" I told him should be glad I've never sucked my own teeth at him like my Latina ancestors before me had done many a time to their dog-house husbands.  

Then, this morning, I decided I should catch up on some of my shows as I scoured the web for grant funding opportunities. And, as I watched "Modern Family", I could only nod my head and laugh. For there was Sophia Vergara telling the God's honest truth...
video

Well... at least the truth as it is in this household.


Tuesday, February 4, 2014

You Know You're a Doctor's Wife When... (Vol. 8}

You know you're a doctor's wife when
your mail looks like this...

and you're not sure if you want to
laugh,
scratch your head,
sigh,
or 
cry
.


Liked this? 
Catch the previous editions of 
You Know You're a Surgeon's Wife When.. 

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Monday, February 3, 2014

Medical Monday {February edition, Vol. 2}

Did you see that monstrosity of a game? Ouff!!

All six of us squished onto our sectional sofa in front of the t.v. munching on goodies and an early dinner while yelling at the players as if they could hear us. Thank goodness it wasn't until after halftime that I heard a vibration coming from Doc H's pants.

He spent the second half answering pages as the kids and I continued to watch the game solely for the commercials. My vote goes to Budweiser for the Puppy/Clydesdale Love commercial. What was your favorite?

Other than the commercials, I wasn't to into the game. If you ask me... the real winners are right here!!!

Medical Monday Link-Up and BlogHop


Are you confused if you qualify for the party?


If you have a pager interrupting your life... you DEFINITELY qualify!
Do you work in healthcare?
Doctor? Nurse? EMT? Chiropractor? Vet? Dentist? Therapist?
MA? NA? PA? DA?
Are you the spouse or SO of a healthcare worker/student?
Are you a nursing student? Medical student?
Intern? Resident? Fellow?

You get the picture, right? Come on, now... don't be shy! Let's keep growing and meeting new bloggers, so we can build a community of support and friendship, learn from one another, and share our stories.

LINK UP YOUR POST!

Here are the rules:
  1. Follow your co-hosts via Bloglovin, GFC (if you are Blogger), FB, email or Twitter.
  2. Link up you medical/med life blog. If your blog name does not clearly state how you fit in to the med/med life world, please write a little intro or link up a specific post which clearly demonstrates your connection.
  3. Visit at least 3 other link ups, comment, introduce yourself, and tell the your stopping by or following from MM!
  4. Help spread the word by using our button on your post or sidebar, tweet about Medical Monday, or spread the word on Facebook! The more the merrier for all of us.
Complete step one by following your co-hosts:
Want to be awesome? Help us spread the word by grabbing and posting the Medical Monday button on your post or sidebar...



Want to co-host next month? Shoot Jane an email at fromadoctorswife@gmail.com and be sure to write "Medical Monday Co-host Request" in the subject field.

Now, link up below and have fun! The link up is open through Friday, so be sure to come back during the week to check some great reads!
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