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Zen thoughts

Have you heard that story called "The Farmer's Luck" ? I have been thinking a lot about it the last couple days. My daughter is recovering well from her surgery but still feeling like she had bad luck which reminds me of this story.


The Farmer's Luck

There was once an old farmer who had worked his crops for many years. One day his horse ran away. Upon hearing the news, his neighbors came to visit. “Such bad luck,” they said sympathetically. “Maybe,” the farmer replied. The next morning the horse returned, bringing with it two other wild horses. “Such good luck!” the neighbors exclaimed. “Maybe,” replied the old man. The following day, his son tried to ride one of the untamed horses, was thrown, and broke his leg. Again, the neighbors came to offer their sympathy on his misfortune. “Such bad luck,” they said. “Maybe,” answered the farmer. The day after, military officials came to the village to draft young men into the army. Seeing that the son’s leg was broken, they passed him by. “Such good luck!” cried the neighbors. “Maybe,” said the farmer.

I also read this piece by a new mom in Knoxville that I wanted to share.

Delivering During a Pandemic


A new article in the New England Journal of Medicine showed with universal testing of all patients on L&D a 13.5% asymptomatic rate so we should continue to be vigilant and take all necessary precautions. However, I don't see the visitor policy changing anytime soon at the hospital. I have heard of more complications from failed home births and mismanagement of high risk pregnancies so please keep yourselves and babies safe by continuing to deliver in a safe environment.




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