Yippee! It's here! The part that's supposed to be the most comfortable and enjoyable of the entire pregnancy. But, I really can't complain at all. I loved the first trimester! No sickness, no major issues to deal with. So, I'm really looking forward to this next step of my pregnancy!
According to the Nest/Bump this week: "Your fetus is forming teeth and vocal cords... savor this, their non-functional phase. Baby is approaching normal proportions, with a head now only one third the size of the body. Intestines are in the process of moving from the umbilical cord to baby's tummy. (Much more convenient.)" Plus, the babies just climbed to 1.4 ounces! Over the 1 oz. mark-yay!
In other boring news, work is still kicking my butt. I've really had it. Travel/drive way too much, too many meetings, etc. Lots of pressure from top management down to hit sales numbers. Yeah-that seems easy in a declining economy where people aren't even visiting their physicians as often as they used to because they're saving money rather than paying higher co-pays and deductibles thanks to insurance rates on the rise and more employers paying less health insurance costs for employees. Why is there never any mention of insurance reform? We have reform for everything else.
And for anyone who thinks that it's the drug manufacturers fault, the fact that nearly no one knows (and the biased media will never share) is that it costs nearly $1 billion to bring a new drug to market after all of the research, development, clinical drug studies, etc. have been performed. Only 1 in 5 products ever reach a billion dollars in their entire patent lifespan of being on the market, so you do the math. It's more often a losing encounter to bring a drug to market than it is to be a $$ successful venture. But, companies still do it, because it's the right thing for the patients-better medicines to help patients live a better life. That's what I do every day-help people live better lives.
But, as an industry, we are under tremendous pressure and scrutiny from the government. It appears most people want government to run health care-the VA is the current model for that. I've worked the VA system. Patients are getting products from 40 years ago (or older), not the new drugs with fewer side effects, better safety profiles, easier to remember dosing schedules, etc. Yet, no one seems to care to have the government take over. If anyone can name me one successful government healthcare program, I would be interested in knowing one. I can't think of any. At all. That is unless you consider Medicare, VA, etc successful (and I definitely don't). Stepping back down off soap box.
Despite my views and beliefs, I'm in a bad place in my job and wish I could do something else. But, I can't. Primary breadwinner, crappy housing market to try to sell home, etc. I feel like I carry the weight of the world on my shoulders every day. I don't have the option to stay at home when the kids arrive, not even for a millisecond. Not saying that I could be a stay at home Mom (don't think I'm wired for that), but it sure would be nice to have some options. I have none. Other than win the lottery. Which of course requires one to actually play the lottery. Maybe I'll buy a powerball ticket on Saturday. I just hate throwing a dollar out on it-seems wasteful.
I realize that I started my post being very upbeat and optimistic. That's truly is how I feel about my babies. The rest is how I feel about everything else in the world. Maybe things will change soon. I hope so.