First off, let me just say that it is great to be writing here on Blue again. As you may have noticed, it has been quiet here for the past few months – the reason being that I was busy over at Utah Political Capitol providing bill analysis and commentary. Now that things have settled down post-legislative session, I will be splitting my time between Blue and UPC depending on the topic at hand. That being said, it is good to be back!
To kick things off, I just wanted to tell you all a short story about MRW as I am often asked about her and her health.
A few weeks ago, MRW had a procedure to look at her, ahem, shall we say, lady-bits. Over the past year, we have started to kick around the idea of possibly having kids. First, however, we wanted to make sure she is in good enough health to do so.
To that end, MRW’s doctor ordered what could easily be considered a rather unpleasant test that does not quite reach the level of actually being knocked out in order to be performed…though I am certainly not versed in that area and pain associated therein, judging by size of the needles and how many that went into numbing the area, I would say it is on par with a bad tooth pull, but without laughing gas, or IV medicine that makes you loopy.
What makes this story interesting is that MRW, knowing that the procedure would be unpleasant, called in a little extra support, opting to crush not only my hand, but the hand of another…and man, did she crush them!
MRW’s person of choice? None other than former lawmaker (and Direct Entry-Midwife/Doula), Holly Richardson – you know, from Holly on the Hill.
Over the past few years, Holly has become a friend of our family, so it was not at all odd to have her in the room soothing MRW as the hysteroscopy was under way (hysteroscopy is medical jargon for looking at lady-bits with a scope – kind of like an endoscopy) …what was a little bizarre was, rather than talking about breathing techniques or pain management (okay, maybe there was a little encouragement for MRW to not hold her breath), all three of us were talking about the antics taking place during the first few weeks of the session – all while MRW was having said procedure. No doubt a first for the office during such a procedure.
In the end, the procedure led to a few more tests and, ultimately a surgery where MRW did have to be knocked out. But MRW and I mostly want to thank Holly for being there – and to remind people that, just because someone has (very) different political ideology from your own, it does not mean that they are bad people (let’s not forget, “MRW” stands for “My Republican Wife”). With the 2013 legislative session now in the rear view window, we all need to be reminded of that fact.