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Chris Pollock

Chris Pollock - web developer & ecommerce entrepreneur
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Look Alike

When Simon was in the bouncy seat last night I thought I was having déjà vu.  I looked up and there was a picture of Caleb from about the same time up on the boy’s bookcase.  I brought it down and put it next to him. 

Look alike contest.. Simon Wins

It might be hard to see in the picture, but he was a spitting image of Caleb.

Home on Day 1!

Amy and I were not eager to spend time in the hospital.  After doing this three times already, we have come to realize that there is “no place like home.”  We were very pleased to get the cooperation of the midwife, pediatrician and nurses so that we could bring Simon home on the day of his birth (it certainly helped that he was born at 5:30am in the morning).   Amy spent most of the day sleeping and feeding and we were able to be home at 5pm and eat around our dinner table.  In fact, after dinner we went outside and the boys declared they were having a “birthday party” for Simon.  Caleb even asked to have cake (which I might have gotten if I didn’t think I would have fallen asleep at the wheel). 

Simon's Birthday Party - home on the day of his birth!

Always learning about the system

Whenever we interface with the hospital system there are always some interesting things to learn.  For one, the nurse said that Amy was the first person to check in and out on the same shift.  I’m not for rushing out of the hospital if you really are in need of assistance, but it’s evident that the hospital would love for you to stay a bit longer than you need (in the words of our nurse “if we don’t provide you with services we can’t bill you for anything”).

While Amy was in the room, the nurse came in and asked Amy to “lean forward so she could check her back.”  Amy did so, not realizing why she was being asked.  The nurse was astonished to find no wound from an epidural needle.  The nurse informed Amy that 95% of births at their hospital are performed with epidurals, making it a matter of habit to check women’s backs.

It is interesting to correlate these two pieces of information.  Epidural = longer labor and hospital stay = big fat hospital bill to the insurance company.  I wonder how many people who choose differently if they were footing the bill personally? 

  • kevin m

    we switched insurance this year to a high-deductible plan (instead of copays, we pay the first $2500 out of pocket each year.) its the first time i've paid attention to the real medical bills. WOW. i have a doctor asking me to come in for tests on my arm every 6 weeks at $1,200. each. At this point, the tests won't change my treatment at all (we're going to do nothing no matter what.) i think its a mistake to think that medicine is not a business, and that doctor's don't want repeat visits from clients.

    kevin

Things I see

Quote form @amylpollock "Children are always the most creative when they are supposed to be doing something else". #quotes #artforkids #quotesaboutkidsTheir own version of Tower BridgeIt's 8:30am. Kids already in the pool!ProviderYes. It's true. I turned 40 on Wednesday.Sand funToday is our 17th anniversary! Love dancing in the minefields with this woman.Every baby loves bath time!! Big enough for 3 (or 4). #bathtime #lifewithboys #bathtimeinsanityMagazine ad for children's body lotion. Radox??!!??:scream::joy:. #britishbrandingLook what I can do.There's something about this product name that just makes me want to laugh out loud. Guess I can't buy it... since I'm not diabetic:joy: #diabeticvanilla #britishbrandingFor discipline one of my kids was to do some copying. I asked him to bring me a piece of paper and pencil with a clipboard. This was what I got... funny guy!! #lifewithboysBoys playing with Simon's bday present.Captivated audience as Simon opens his presents. #9thbirthdayMaking a mast together. #teamwork #chathamhistoricdockyards #brothers

Chris Pollock

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Quote form @amylpollock "Children are always the most creative when they are supposed to be doing something else". #quotes #artforkids #quotesaboutkidsTheir own version of Tower BridgeIt's 8:30am. Kids already in the pool!ProviderYes. It's true. I turned 40 on Wednesday.Sand funToday is our 17th anniversary! Love dancing in the minefields with this woman.Every baby loves bath time!! Big enough for 3 (or 4). #bathtime #lifewithboys #bathtimeinsanityMagazine ad for children's body lotion. Radox??!!??:scream::joy:. #britishbrandingLook what I can do.There's something about this product name that just makes me want to laugh out loud. Guess I can't buy it... since I'm not diabetic:joy: #diabeticvanilla #britishbrandingFor discipline one of my kids was to do some copying. I asked him to bring me a piece of paper and pencil with a clipboard. This was what I got... funny guy!! #lifewithboysBoys playing with Simon's bday present.Captivated audience as Simon opens his presents. #9thbirthdayMaking a mast together. #teamwork #chathamhistoricdockyards #brothers