the physician on this, the statement was that this kind of exercise was fine. The physician scheduled a glucose tolerance test at the office to test for diabetes. Prior to attending this appointment, I was outside mowing the lawn. Hot and thirsty, I drank about a quart or more of sugary ice tea just prior to the physician’s appointment. Needless to say, the results of the test returned positive for an above normal sugar content in my blood necessitating a visit to a laboratory where my blood was taken at about one hour intervals for about four hours. Later in the pregnancy, the physician suggested an ultrasound procedure. I stated my objections to this, innately believing ultrasound to be possibly dangerous and untrustworthy and so declined this suggestion. It was also suggested that I take a test to determine if the baby I was carrying, had spinal bifida. I rejected this test, realizing that if the results were positive then perhaps abortion would be recommended which I would reject rendering the test useless.

As the delivery time approached, it was stated to me that the physician would be away on vacation during the time that our baby was due and that a substitute physician would be on call if the baby was not born within a week. I was infuriated when informed of the substitute physician as this physician was also a known abortion provider. As it turned out, the baby was born within the week. My last visit to the physician’s office prior to the birth, involved an uninformed painful internal where membranes were stripped causing an early labor situation.  A day or two later a full labor situation began, when at that time I was admitted to a local hospital. There, a shot of Pitocin was administered causing extremely painful contractions. No pain medication or procedures were offered to me nor were any asked for by me. Our baby girl was born naturally on a Saturday afternoon, appeared healthy and alert, and provided me with a grand diversion from the earlier bad experiences. The birth of my daughter was probably the happiest day of my life. Throughout the two nights at the hospital, I was constantly awakened for blood pressure and temperature checks and other requirements. I was anxious to leave with our baby and was discharged two days later on Monday. The total costs for a routine budget delivery (tests, prescription drugs, and other procedures were declined) was about $8000. Weeks later, I reviewed the hospital bill. Most of the costs were astronomical including a charge of $22 for an acetaminophen (Tylenol) tablet (by 2013 the cost of this tablet rose to $60). One contacted the hospital regarding these vociferous overcharges to complain when subsequently one was informed by a hospital official that people with health care insurance pay for those without insurance, through their insurance plans. I stated to spouse that taxpayers should pay for those people without medical insurance not the people with private medical insurance plans. The obstetrical, pediatric, and hospital costs were largely (85%) covered by job provided insurance. Still, overcharging for products and services, results in all people paying more through insurance plans and taxes. And, if those with insurance plans are truly paying for those individuals without insurance then insured people should be made aware of this fact and the real charges of medicines and procedures should be billed accurately and not inflated to cover those without insurance.  Perhaps an additional surcharge added to the bill can be implemented, to pay for those who do not have medical insurance.

At home, baby, spouse, and I quickly settled into a routine. The day was organized basically on a schedule with some flexibility that provided for the smooth functioning of the household. I decided not