Pregnancy week 39: birth day poll!

*1?! week to go! take the poll below!*

^coolest picture ever. (from the visual md)

Same old stuff, different day. Not much exciting going on at this point, she’s just gaining more weight and getting more cramped. She’s probably somewhere around 7 pounds and about 20 inches long. A mini watermelon. I’m walking around with a watermelon.

Did you know that late-term ultrasounds are notoriously terrible at guessing the size of your baby? They can be off by ~2 pounds in either direction…. so if your doc is trying to tell you your baby is “too big”…. remember that!!!

compare to week 39 from my last pregnancy–oh my gosh, it looks so perfectly round! lol

I’ve never been so exhausted over nothing. Okay, carrying a watermelon around isn’t nothing, but I’ll just LOOK at Ryan’s toys all over the floor and decide I need a nap. I’ve had a couple of waves of super productive days (nesting?) where I got a crap load done, but then I crash and die (almost).

Baby is still moving quite a bit, I’m still contracting randomly–they wake me up at night, they’re obnoxious, they make me sweat and beg Steve to open the windows to the 20 degree air outside. My favorite thing to do? Lift my shirt and show Steve my pregnant belly. Without fail, every time, he just stares in awe. Amazed or disgusted, take your pick, he can’t believe how big my body can get, haha. He’s thanking his lucky stars that he isn’t the one carrying around a watermelon.

Posts to come on all the sewing I did, Rebecca’s room, our homebirth setup and costs, and Ryan prepping to be a big brother. <--Why do I keep adding things to my to-do list?! I've been doing so well at only crossing things off! But something has to keep me busy for the next week. 2 weeks? What do you think????

Weight: 143 lb (up 3 lb from last week [?!] and up about 36 lb total)
Looking forward to: seeing an old friend passing through town Tuesday, Midwife appt Tuesday, Valentine’s Day, Doula appt Wednesday

NEW SAM JOHNSON LEGISLATION PROTECTS PATIENTS AND HOSPITALS BY REKINDLING CHOICE AND REVIVING DOCTOR-PATIENT RELATIONSHIP.

States News Service March 21, 2011 WASHINGTON — The following information was released by the office of Texas Rep. Sam Johnson:

To mark the one year anniversary of ObamaCare, U.S. Congressman Sam Johnson (3rd Dist.-Texas) announced his new legislation to protect patients and hospitals from government-controlled healthcare by giving patients more choices and more control and rekindling the vital doctor-patient relationship.

Johnson’s legislation, H.R. 1186, repeals the ban on the development and expansion of physician-owned hospitals – sometimes called specialty hospitals – going back to March 23, 2010. Physician-owned hospitals improve the quality of life, the quality of care and the cost of care in 285 communities in 34 states. As a result of the law’s restrictions aimed to stifle competition and force people into certain types of care, many physician-owned hospitals had to stop or do away with expansion plans, dramatically impacting patients and hospitals, especially in Texas.

According to the Texas Physicians Hospitals Advocacy Center, patients access quality care in roughly 80 physician-owned hospitals, which employ over 22,000 people and added $2.3 billion to the Texas economy. Texas boasts the largest collection of physician-owned hospitals. web site forest park medical center

With over two dozen facilities, the Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) area has more physician-owned hospitals than any other region in the nation; these hospitals in the DFW area employ over 5,000 Texans, have over 4,765 credentialed physicians, and have over 575 beds.

The Third Congressional District is home to many award winning facilities: Baylor Frisco Medical Center; Forest Park Medical Center – Dallas; The Hospital at Craig Ranch – McKinney;

Integra Rehab Hospital – Plano; Methodist McKinney Hospital; Texas Health Plano Presbyterian Center for Diagnostics and Surgery; Reliant Rehab – North Texas (Richardson); The Heart HOSPITAL Baylor Plano; and Vista Hospital of Dallas.

“Government-run healthcare jeopardizes the doctor-patient relationship on so many levels. One example is how ObamaCare banned the expansion of hospitals where doctors, not bureaucrats, make key medical decisions. My bill would abolish this absurd idea so patients can choose the doctor they want, the hospital they want, and the care that they want – from the medical experts whom they know and trust,” said Johnson, who serves on the Ways and Means Health Subcommittee.

“Doctors and nurses who practice in physician-owned hospitals usually boast the best credentials and the most experience in their field of medicine. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) released national data, which shows significantly better outcomes for patients at hospitals owned and operated by physicians, rather than those under the control of bureaucrats and corporations,” continued Johnson. website forest park medical center

Throughout history physicians have driven innovation in healthcare. Physician ownership and management of hospitals has a distinguished track record in the United States starting with some of the earliest hospitals, built and managed by renowned physicians, like the Mayo Brothers.

Physician-owned hospitals come in a variety of forms: children’s hospitals, traditional general care hospitals, hospitals specializing in and excelling in certain specialties, and joint ventures partnering with traditional non-profit hospitals.

Over time physicians lost some of their leadership role to hospital administrators and corporate organizations who took control of hospitals – and care – to allegedly control costs. The common thread that unites physician-owned hospitals is that doctors govern and control the decisions made. As an added benefit, doctors can bypass bureaucracy and eliminate red tape often created by administrative red tape and corporate bottom lines.

“Texas physician hospitals are transforming health care by offering patients high quality and safe health care. Congressman Johnson’s bill will ensure that Texas patients continue having access to this innovative model,” said Bobby Hillert, Executive Director for the Texas Physician Hospitals Advocacy Center.

“Ask yourself this. Would you rather have a doctor help you make medical decisions or would you rather have a hospital administrator tell you what you can or can’t do? This is about returning freedom, choice, and free enterprise to the American healthcare system,” concluded Johnson, who supports defunding and repealing ObamaCare.

Johnson represents portions of Dallas and Collin Counties.

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