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10 Years of Marital Bliss… November 30, 2009

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Today marks my 10th year wedding anniversary to the one I love… my Sweetie. After 10 years of putting up with me, we’re still together. I guess you can say love is truly blind… for the most part, I don’t see anything in me that would want anyone to spend the rest of their life with. Of course, she always tells me that she has a feeling I’d be a millionaire someday, “why do you think I’m still here?” she asks with a smirk on her face. ūüôā Well, I hope her hunch is right. With this economy, I’m sure we could all use some extra Benjamins.

Kidding aside, 10 years of marital bliss seem like a fleeting moment. I still remember the day we met… I was director of nurses for a 99 bed skilled nursing facility in Pasadena, she was a shy applicant for the job of receptionist. I wasn’t interested in her initially, however, as you spend time with people at work, you get to know them. Ten years and 4 kids later, we’re still here. And, although I’d say the road was very tough (particularly for her), by God’s grace, and only by God’s grace, we are still together. There were times when it would seem like our differences were irreconcilable, even to the point of no return… to the point of giving up and throwing in that “D” word (which came up a few times), however, through thick and thin we stuck to what was right, and God honored our commitment to each other.¬†God gave us the¬†grace to humble ourselves, to forgive one another, and to say, “Lord, in your hands, we commit our marriage.” I’m sure glad we did.

In my¬†observation, I’d say the average marriage in America¬†lasts around 3 – 7 years. Almost the same amount of time as an average boyfriend-girlfriend relationship. Experts say that if you reach your 7th year, the likelihood of you staying married together are greater than if you don’t… duh?! Of course you can still split up after 7 years… they just say that statistically, most people past 7 years are most likely to stay together. Statistics aside, as you get older together, you find satisfaction in counting the years… at least for me and my Sweetie… assuming¬†you make your¬†marriage a little heaven on earth.

On that note… don’t buy the third ring when you get married. I’m sure you’ve heard the three rings you give or get in a marriage:

  1. the Engagement Ring…
  2. the Wedding Ring…
  3. the Suffer Ring!

Open wide and say ahhhhhhhouch! November 11, 2009

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They finally got it done… congress passing the 2000 page healthcare “reform”¬†bill during a special vote last saturday. Quite frankly I don’t get it. Why the rush? Why the special vote? Why on the weekend?¬†Is the healthcare situation that bad that we have to pass this 2000 page bill NOW? Seriously, has anyone read the darn thing? Are we out of our minds? What impact could this bill have in the future if this gets signed into law?

I guess you can say that this is a victory for whoever wants this bill passed. And although they can rejoice and celebrate and do all that, I wonder if the American people are celebrating with them. As far as I know, no one has ever read and understood the bill. And if you ask¬†any member of congress who voted for this bill, I bed you they wouldn’t be able to tell you what’s in it. At least not in its entirety. That’s sad… what has America come to?

I’m sure what happens in congress is what happens at our hospitals too. I know you know what I mean… patients signing papers without reading what they are signing. Like a member of congress states, “who’s got time to read the bill?”… yeah, who’s got time to read the consent for the surgery and “other related procedures”. Which doctor has time to sit with the patient and family to answer questions about the proposed procedure when they can write orders like “obtain consent for [whatever procedure]”. No biggie right?

Now that the bill was passed, it has to go through the senate. Unfortunately for madam speaker Pelosi, some senators are saying that this house bill will be DOA. On the other hand, the senate is also cooking up their own version of healthcare reform. Overall, I doubt that healthcare reform will be signed into law before the year’s end as our president suggests. Regardless of what happens this year, or even early next year, the American people loses on this one. What some people think is a “victory” for passing this house bill, is actually a waste of time. Clean up healthcare? I doubt it… they should have done this a long time ago. Unless special interest groups drop their agenda, and I mean ALL SPECIAL INTEREST GROUPS, we will never truly “clean up” healthcare. There’s just too much at stake on the expense of the American people. I believe the best thing to do right now is to not do anything as drastic as a 2000 page bill (too late) and study the current system OBJECTIVELY without interference from the government or special interest groups, then come up with a solution that solves the problem of waste and fraud. Call me naive, but wouldn’t you do the same in your own house if faced with a problem? Of course you would… you’d put your nurse’s cap on and apply the nursing process! For now, what makes sense to me is to open the market for healthcare insurance providers to operate across state lines, which will increase free market competition and help drive costs down. What’s so wrong with that?

Overall we’ll just have to wait and see what happens next. Unfortunately a spoonful of sugar can’t make this medicine go down. Why? Because congress just said… “open wide America… get ready for your ENEMA!