Tuesday, July 23, 2013

How to Fix Your No Reply Blogger Issue

If you follow me on Twitter, you may have seen this tweet:


That's right, after a year and a half of blogging, I've decided to try something new. If someone takes the time to comment, I do my best to reply. But, let's face it... how many of us remember to go back to look for our reply? I'd like to make life a little easier for those lovelies who comment. Imagine my surprise when I discovered more than half of you who comment are the dreaded NO REPLY blogger! 

Do you know what it means when you are a NO REPLY blogger? It means your email is not available for bloggers like me to reply to your comment via email. {enter sad face here}

If you think you may be a NO REPLY blogger and would like to remedy this situation, follow my easy instructions.

Log in to your Blogger homepage.
Click on the arrow next to your profile icon...


Next, click on "Edit Profile"


Make sure "Show my email address" is checked.

Finally, don't forget to scroll to the bottom of the page 
and hit the "SAVE" button.


All done! You'll now find comment replies in your email!







Monday, July 22, 2013

What I Learned About Hoarders

I learned something this weekend, so I thought I would share my newfound knowledge with my readers whom I appreciate and love so much...

Never, EVER, fall asleep while watching
HOARDERS.

You'll end up having nightmares which include
Lindsey Lohan.

And, I'm not talking this one..
....the cute one.

I'm talking this one...
the you're-so-scary,-please-don't-even-look-at-me one.

Mix Lindsey with
that famous scene from Psycho

and these...
eyeballs

and hungry
zombies

and you'll wake up
like this, thinking
WHAT THE HELL WAS THAT!!

but feel more like this...
Mama, I so skay--ooed!!!

Seriously, my friends...
 I contemplated 
taking up thumb-sucking again.


DISCLAIMER: 
I'm fairly confident my late night dinner
with Doc H which consisted of
spicy Mexican food and 
prickly pear margaritas
had no effect whatsoever 
on the aforementioned dream.



Friday, July 12, 2013

Carpooling In the Name of Medicine

As if it's not enough to chauffeur our two youngest, non-driving teens around town, bright and early yesterday morning I found myself pushing through traffic while Doc H sat in the passenger seat of my car.

At roughly 6:50am, while I was still in a groggy state, my phone rang. The idea was pitched to me like this...
I have to go to {a hospital 45 minutes away} to see a patient. I have a window of time after my 7am meeting and before my clinic starts. Do you think you could go with me, so I can use the carpool lane? It would give us a good opportunity to visit with each other.
Doc H's last sentence should give you a clear indication of how much time we've been spending together lately. {Waa - waa - waaaaaaa.}

An hour later, we were on the road and while we were able to "visit" on the drive up, medical terms bounced off the interior walls of my car on the drive back. I simply drove while Doc H returned phone calls.

Both hands on the wheel, tunes turned all the way off, I sighed and thought, all I'm missing is a cap.


Tuesday, July 9, 2013

So, I Went

First, I have to say... What a GREAT Medical Monday link up we had last week! If you haven't visited the blogs, do it! If you didn't link up this month, be sure to put Monday, August 5th on your calendar!

Thanks to all who shared their opinions on "Should I Stay or Should I Go". I took it all into consideration, then...

Very old photo,
but you gives you that "ROAD TRIP!!" feeling, doesn't it?
I packed the dog up and I WENT!

I had a very nice time with my parents and some other family I don't normally get to see often. We shared great meals and great laughs. I'm sure it will be a trip we will all remember for years to come.

I'll admit- I did miss Doc H and felt bad I had left him behind. His 6 days and nights on-call were busy, but not overly outrageous. He was able to spend time at home practicing his guitar playing. When we spoke on the evening on the 4th, he was glad I took off with the dog. Apparently, the fireworks were relentless and our pooch would not have fared well at home.

I hope you had a great holiday weekend! The pooch and I did!





Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Should I Stay or Should I Go?

I'm in my usual quandary...

You see, while most families are preparing BBQs,
(Photo Credit: pricechopper.wordpress.com)

delicious red, white and blue treats,
Photo Credit: punchbowl.com/p/re-white-and-blue-cocktails

 and decorating their homes in patriotic themes,


I am twiddling my thumbs trying to make a decision.

Should I stay or should I go?

Today Doc H begins a six day stretch of on-call duty. That's right, 144 hours of pages.



So, do I stay home over the July 4th holiday, hoping he will have a "quiet" 4th of July where he can come home for dinner? If I go, he'll be alone for six days. Working. I hate leaving him behind. I hate going on a "vacation" while he stays behind to work.

The guilt! The guilt! The nuns should be proud.

Or should I go out of town? I'll be alone, but at least I'll have a pretty view and I'll be able to visit family?

Mind you, all our kids have their own plans between work, friends, travel, etc...

By staying home, I am assuming the risk of spending the 4th of July by myself. There's a good possibility I'll end up spending the holiday watching the Boston Pops Firework special on television all by myself, eating a festive holiday dinner I made for Doc H all by myself, trying to calm our neurotic, firework-hating dog all by myself, cursing the hospital for being open on holidays, cursing patients for needing a bypass on a holiday (I mean, couldn't they just hold it a few hours?) and kicking myself for, again, allowing myself to get into another "hospital widow" predicament.

Should I stay or should I go?

Seriously.







Monday, July 1, 2013

Medical Monday {July Edition}: Being Grateful

Since we last met up for a Medical Monday, things have gone a little south. In case you missed the low lights, I'll list them here:


I began writing this blog in a fit of anger over how unappreciated and misunderstood my doctor husband and his profession are by lay people.

I grew angry at Facebook rants such as "GRRR... made to wait 40 minutes in my asshole doctor's office! Why can't he book an earlier tee time?! I've got a life, too!"

Lady, my husband doesn't even know how to play golf, let alone have time to walk nine holes. 

That might have been the life of doctors of the early Baby Boomer era, but that leisurely lifestyle is long gone for most working doctors today.

So, I bitch a lot on this blog. But, I laugh, too. I have too. Otherwise, I'd be a very unhappy camper. Like call-my-mom-at-2am-and-come-pick-your-daughter-up-in-the-middle-of-the-night unhappy. I consider my sense of humor my saving grace amongst this crazy.

However, I did want to change my tune a little today to underscore some of the highlights, or perks, of being married to medicine.

This weekend, Doc H and I celebrated our wedding anniversary. Now, now... before you go running to leave a Happy Anniversary comment below, I should disclose that this weekend was not really our anniversary. No. That would be breaking from tradition for almost every celebratory event in our lives. On our true anniversary, which passed weeks ago, Doc H was working. We didn't see each other. However, he did see the card I left him on his pillow when he got home that night (or morning... not sure). He also saw me snoring just beside it.

Lovely.

This past weekend was just the first available evening we had to acknowledge the occasion.

Doc H made the reservations...




You better bet I strapped on my most expensive pair of shoes for this night out! Dressed to the nines, we set out in Doc H's toy car for some splashy eats, fancy drinks, and fun chit chat amongst ourselves.

Yes, our dinner was super delish, super expensive, and super memorable. 

We had a lovely moment where we could simply enjoy our life.

I came home so grateful to be living this life of Your Doctor's Wife.




On with the show.......


We appreciate all our Medical Monday participants! You all have helped us develop a fantastic community of friendship and support! Next month we will be celebrating MM one year anniversary! Be sure to mark it on your calendar. Along with our regular link up party, we will have a giveaway which is sure to please! 

On to this month's party!!!.....

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?
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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 (since GFC will soon be defunct), 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.
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