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In December I blogged about my less-than perfect experience at Washington Hospital Center, during my stay after breast reconstruction surgery. Since then I’ve received 2 letters of apology, including one from the pharmacy that took a bloody decade to dispense my drugs (why the drugs have to be dispensed by the pharmacy and aren’t more readily available to the nursing staff to be administered quickly to patients in the hospital is completely beyond me, especially when the drugs have been prescribed by your doctor.) Some responses sounded more sincere than others, but overall I’m pleased at the response and genuinely hope that improvements are made so that someone else doesn’t have the same lousy experience I was treated to.

That said, the nicest response came from the head nurse of the ward that I was in. Not long after my surgery, I received a call from her. She apologized, talked to me about my experience, and said that she was looking into the matter in the attempt to make sure that it didn’t happen again. It was a nice thing to do and she sounded genuinely concerned.

Ultimately, I’m glad I sent the letter. I would encourage anyone else in a similar position do the same. It doesn’t hurt to send praise to an institution where you’ve received exceptional care either. Up until the point that I was admitted to my hospital room, my experience in recovery at WHC was so good, I was already composing the letter in my head, between injections of pain killer and nausea medication.

If you know me, you probably know I’m a Hillary supporter. I volunteered for her senatorial campaign until the whole cancer fiasco became too consuming to continue. I waited for her to officially announce her presidential run with great anticipation and was thrilled when she did. I won’t skirt the gender issue – I am extraordinarily excited about a viable female presidential candidate. Especially a Democrat who is wonderfully qualified, erudite, capable and can command campaign dollars. I really thought that the first viable, female presidential candidate would be a Republican. For once I am happy to be wrong.

I could keep gushing, but Dorothy really sums up my enthusiasm and general feelings on the election when she says,

“…your vote will be historic this year. And I’m not trying to influence your vote in any way; that’s your vote and yours alone. In fact, I really like Barack Obama. I’m tremendously moved by his words… if he wins the nomination I will support him 100 percent and put up yard signs and wear pins and vote with gusto. But that doesn’t mean I can’t vote with gusto for Hillary right now.

What has always bothered me about the way these campaigns have been framed is that one is transformational and the other is the same old same old. Certainly, the Clinton name is a standard-bearer in American politics. But why raise one candidate’s “otherness” above another candidate’s? In our nation’s 232-year history there has never been a black man or a woman president. Ever. So why pit them against each other? Both are extraordinary. Both would signal a massive seed change in the culture of our country.”

I’m also excited about Hillary’s recent endorsement by the American Nurses Association, and am of course, looking forward to voting next Tuesday.


breakfast cereal muffins

Originally uploaded by l@in.

So I have a meeting tomorrow morning and said that I’d bring in snacks. I seriously considered popping by the store on my way into work but decided I’d make muffins instead.

I adapted them from this crunchy muffin recipe.

* 3/4 cup sifted all-purpose flour
* 3/4 cup sifted whole wheat pastry flour
* 2 teaspoons baking powder
* 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 5 tablespoons butter
* 1/2 honey
* 2 eggs
* 1 teaspoon vanilla
* 1 cup crisp whole wheat cereal flakes
* 1/2 cup milk
* 1/2 cup walnuts
* 1/2 cup dried cranberries/cherries (or more)

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Grease bottoms of 12 medium muffin cups or line with paper liners. (I used spray canola oil.)

Sift flour with baking powder and salt; set aside. In mixing bowl, cream butter. Gradually beat in the sugar. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in vanilla and cereal flakes. Add flour mixture alternately with milk, stirring just enough to moisten the flour mixture. Stir in nuts and dried fruit.

Divide the batter among prepared muffin cups. Bake at 400° for about 15 minutes or until muffins spring back when lightly touched.

It makes for a simple, hearty, lightly sweet muffin.

Just in case this isn’t sweet enough, I’m also making Chocolate Banana Bread. Hope it turns out.

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