Sunday, January 25, 2009

It's a Boy!!

Smoky Mountain Hardin

Born Jan. 18th 2009

After much deliberation and debate we decided to get a dog----and after much more deliberation and debate we decided on a cockapoo! A mix between a cockerspaniel and toy poodle. They are a shed-free and hypoallergenic breed. Supposably, they are smart, loyal, kid-friendly, and won't get too big (but will be big enough to go play at the park with other dogs). So, Brent and I are both happy (me more than Brent) and can't wait till the first of March when we get to bring him home!

Brent still asks me everyday if I still really want a dog. My response: "Ummm, we've been married almost 9 months and basically have no real responsibility (besides a job and bills, but we do whatever we want whenever) so, yea I think--or do you just want to have a baby?!" Brent: "Okay, dog it is." I'm thinking baby will have to wait another couple of least.

Anyways, today is Smoky's one week birthday and here is his updated picture....

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

A visit from the Sisters!

My Mom and 2 aunts came to visit for a long weekend. It was so good to see them and we had so much fun!! Highlights included: a night downtown, shopping, rearranging my furniture, lots of eating, and some good ole couch time--watching tv and surfing the internet!! Brent's weekend also included a golf trip and an afternoon drinking exersion---although his favorite part was definatley hanging with the girls!! Come back soon, We love ya'll.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

A little piece of history.

Today Barack Obama became our 44th President of the United States. I was only able to catch little bits of the inauguration on t.v. because I was at work and the only t.v. is in the waiting room. Plus, I don't get very excited about these things, a.k.a. politics. So, I would rather get more of my work done....and today this meant rescheduling tons of patient tests and follow-up office visits!
I appreciate Bush's time in office and think he should be commended for doing a hell of a job with the circumstances he was handed. Poor guy has aged about 20 years in only 8. I really hope he goes on a long vacation and settles in Texas to do nothing except enjoy life and family for the rest of his.
I am excited about the change and possibility of a new president, but still doubt if things will only get better. I am so thankful that Brent and I both have careers that offer really good job security. So, many people have lost their jobs. Several big companies right out of Knoxville have been hit hard. The clothing store, Goody's, which is based out of Knoxville just declared bankruptcy and the president of UT recently announced that they may have to lay off up to 700 employees. This is just a very uncertain and scary time.
One thing I do know for sure and the reason I can sleep peacefully at night----is that God will provide and God is GOOD!

Saturday, January 10, 2009

"Home Call"

Brent is on Pediatric surgery this month...which is considered an "easy" month in this most difficult "intern" year. One of the perks of Peds is that you can take call from home, meaning that you don't have to spend the night in the hospital...just go back up there if they need you. Urology only takes home call which is wonderful and beginning July 1st Brent essentially will never have to spend the night at the hospital again! Yay!!

Anyways, last Monday night was Brent's first night of home call ever and it pretty much sucked!! He got home around 6p, I fixed him a bowl of leftover chili and halfway through it he gets his first page (which is a trauma coming in) so he scarfs down the rest of his dinner and heads back to the hospital. I finally call him around 11:30p to say goodnight and get a text message in return "gonna be late. love u." So, he crawls into bed around 1:30a and we barely get to sleep when the next page comes in around 1:50a (its a transfer coming in approx. 40 min) so Brent's trying to make up his mind if he should go back up there. Two more pages regarding the same thing, so around 2:30 Brent gets out of bed and dressed. Then the next phone call was from another intern saying that they would take care of it and no need to come in. Thanks Chandler and Tahir!! So, Brent undresses gets back in bed and now its like 3a. We are both exhausted and so I get tickled because it's really getting ridiculous and there is nothing to do but laugh. By the end,we are both dying out laughing! Two more calls come in at some point, one that he has to give orders to the floor nurse (the nurse in me comes out and I am nervous hoping he is awake enough to know what he is saying because it has something to do with potassuim). Anyway, the next thing I know it is 7am....Brent has overslept!! And worsely my alarm is set to go off in 30 minutes, so I know I won't be able to go back to sleep.

I spent all day Tuesday exhausted at work, one patient asked me if I was okay because I looked flushed and, just tired, thank you, I know I look bad!! So, I'm thinking there is no way I am going to be able to do this all the time. Brent mentioned sleeping in the guest room, but that sounds so awful. We are married and a team, he basically lives sleep deprived and never complains, so I am just going to take one for the team....he's stuck with me!!

I'm happy to report Thursday was Brent's second night of home call and he only got one page at like 7p. Supposedly, Monday night was VERY unusual...we'll see!!