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Well, President Obama recently made good on a promise to the LGBT community. Did he repeal D.A.D.T.? No. Did he repeal D.O.M.A.? No. What did he do?

He ordered hospital visitation rights for gay and lesbian couples. When did he pledge to grant this “right”? Well, it may have been more than one instance, but I remember it from Brian Williams’ interview with Obama on NBC tonight “Inside the White House.” That was the interview where the President skirted around what issues he would take up for LGBT Americans and offered the carrot of being able to visit their partner in the hospital.

I’m not sure I had ever given that “right” much thought until I had seen the movie “If These Walls Could Talk 2.” Near the end of the first vignette one partner has taken her partner to the hospital. She waits quite a while–having heard no news–then asks to see her “friend.” The nurse tells her that “only family members are allowed.” She tells the nurse she is going to stay right there in the waiting room, and asks the staff to let her know if anything changes in the condition of her “friend.” I’ll let you watch the clip from the movie to see what happens the next morning.

Suffice it to say, I see the immeasurable value of being allowed to visit one’s partner in the hospital–and I am grateful our President has taken this step. However, experience has shown that this “order” alone is not enough. In Oregon when the governor made domestic partnerships law including all the “rights afforded to marriage,” gay and lesbian couples found that they still had to prove their connection when trying to see their partner at the hospital. Can you imagine any straight man and any woman going to the hospital and being asked to see the marriage license before being allowed to see the person they stated was their husband or wife?

Yes, this is an important first step the President has taken. But many more steps are still to be walked on the path toward LGBT relationship recognition and equality in America.

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scrubs2One of my favorite TV shows is Scrubs. We watch reruns (almost) nightly as a family, and we were so excited when we discovered Scrubs was returning with a brand new Season 8!

How can scrubs go bad? Well let me tell you about last night.

The place I facilitate the weekly group I do is at a local community hospital. Sometimes I like to stop by their cafeteria and grab a bite to eat (they have one of the best salad bars around).

Last night I made the perfect salad and sat down to enjoy it. Alas! It was not to be.

On the other side of the cafeteria was a group of nursing interns–all in matching scrubs. They began a line of discussion amongst themselves that induced nausea!! scrubs4They started with how to remove unwanted chin hair. Then they moved on to H.P.V., and rounded out their appetizing discussion with “the runs.Oh yes they did!

I guess the real-life banter amongst interns at a hospital is not as engaging,  enjoyable, captivating and cute as it is on the TV show. I know, why am I surprised? 😉

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OK. I am not a doctor, nor do I play a doctor on TV. However, I AM a mother! (A mother who does not want to catch every disease the kids bring home from school!) And I have been telling my kids for YEARS what a special guest doctor told Al Roker on the Today Show this morning. What is this big important educational piece of wisdom? Well, it is your lucky day! I am gonna tell ya!

cover_cough_tooThat covering your cough or sneeze with your hands does little to no good! I have been having my kids to sneeze and cough into their sleeve for years now! In fact, a few years ago, one of the kid’s dads said “why are you coughing into your elbow?” They said “because Wendy said so.” But really, it is just the right thing to do! 🙂

Maybe I missed my calling! 😉

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