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CATCH UP TIME WITH BECKY

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The wild and crazy life of a doctor.   Especially a surgeon who takes ER/trauma call.   You’ve all seen it on TV, right?   Wouldn’t you think being along for that ride would be…..well, wild and crazy?!   So what’s with the end of the day scenario of, “How was your day?!”, “Fine.” “What did you do?” “Saw patients. Operated.” Could it be any duller!!?? On his end, it is definitely NOT dull. Every day is jam packed and never the same. I just don’t always get the story.

Of course the whole doctor-patient confidentiality is taken very seriously by my husband. So many times I’ve run into a friend who said, “I saw your husband yesterday!” And my reply of “You did??” usually follows. Does this fall into the doctor-patient confidentiality thing or the “Oh, I forgot to tell you that my brother and his wife had their baby last week” thing? Am I the only one whose husband fails to mention important information? Is it a doctor thing, or a man thing?

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So, I decided to actually ASK him recently, when we were on a day trip together, what was his most interesting case. “Tell me about someone whose life you have saved. Something really interesting.” As he was thinking, he mused, “Oh yeah, I did have a patient who made me a plaque to hang on the wall because she was so grateful that I saved her life.” Wow! And I never even heard about it. So I pressed, “tell me ALL about it!!” His reply, “Hmmmm, I’ll have to look up her chart and see….” Well, I think I would remember that one! If I get an answer, I’ll let you know.

 

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ENJOYING DOWNTIME AT BRASSTOWN VALLEY LODGE

In case you are wondering why the pictures don’t exactly match what I’ve been blogging about, it will take me a while to get around to the point. Just hang on and enjoy the pictures.

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GOLF AT BRASSTOWN VALLEY

When it’s all said and done, I guess in some aspects being married to a doctor is no different from being married to anyone. I think I grew up hearing the “How was your day, fine” routine and my father was an aeronautical engineer, not a doctor.

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But that word routine, only applies in a very limited sense to our lives. That’s my biggest challenge with being a doctor’s wife. I can never count on what will happen, so it is hard to coordinate our lives. Bringing up the kids was a series of “who’s on first” situations – trying to get them and us to school, church, recitals, teacher conferences, sports practices and events with dad screeching in late, or not at all. But he gave it a super human effort and managed to make a huge number of important things.

For the first 15 years of practice my husband rounded on his patients twice daily, 7 days a week. Add in kids activities on the weekends and you don’t have a lot of down time. I know, I know…..we’re not the only ones. Life is busy and I just mention it to bring me to this point: We have a lot of catching up to do as a couple! One such little endeavor in that direction was a trip recently that we took to Biltmore Estates in North Carolina for the weekend.

The house and gardens were beyond fabulous.

And we got to enjoy a round of golf with those beautiful Smoky Mountains as a backdrop.

 

Keyword being WEEKEND. Those used to be non-existent for us and now that the kids are grown and he shares surgical call with his partners, every now and then we take full advantage of having time off!

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And we took ANOTHER weekend trip to Minneapolis to see our son and his bride. While we were there, we all got to attend a benefit POLO event. There was a hat contest that I think we all assumed was just for the ladies. A passing comment I made (“You are NOT going to wear your baseball cap are you?”) spurred the guys in our group to step up their game in that department.

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At the benefit, we enjoyed seeing a collectors car exhibit. I enjoyed seeing an Austin Healey particularly because that was what my love drove his last year of college.   He enjoyed telling everyone that how he got me with that car!   He did look great in it, I must say! My comeback though is always, “right after we got married, he sold the car and got a VW bug, got glasses and went to med school. Now, is that fair?!” If I get the right expression on my face with the right pause, I can get a good laugh.

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I must sign off to finish making the famous chocolate pie that my husband requests every year for his birthday. The tradition started years ago, and his mother was kind enough to pass the recipe on to me. I hate to sound like Donald Trump, but, I promise, this is THE BEST chocolate pie you will ever taste!

CHOCOLATE PIE

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I start with a homemade pie crust. I’m telling you, that makes it for me. But for lots of folks, it’s all about the chocolate, so they go with a storebought crust. Let the crust cool after you bake it, and then whip up this yummy filling.

Melt 6 oz of semi-sweet chocolate chips

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Add 3 tablespoons sugar and 2 tablespoons milk, beating till blended well.

While continuing to beat, add, one at a time, 4 egg yolks. Beat well. (or as my great-Aunt used to say, “the key is to beat it like you mean it!”)

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Add 1 teaspoon of vanilla.

In a separate bowl, beat until stiff, 4 egg whites. For years, I’ve read in recipes to beat egg whites until stiff, but not dry. I gave up a long time ago trying to figure out what that means, but here’s what mine look like after I finished them.

Gently fold chocolate mixture into egg whites. Add about 1/3 of the chocolate mix at a time until it is all folded in. Turn mix into prepared pie shell.

All ready for the fridge!

 

Chill several hours in refrigerator until set.

Serve with whipped cream.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!