March 2019

Rolling hills, sunset, and tractors will always remind me of my Dad.
It has taken me a long time to decide whether I actually wanted to talk about this on the blog. However, many people have told me that while grief and grieving are often personal journeys, there is also a sense of camaraderie felt by those who have known grief… so here goes. G is for Grief In February, my dad died. It was sudden. Unexpected. He was on vacation in Panama with my mom – a place they...
Getting ready for baby is nearly a full-time job!
By the time this blog is published, I will either be in the throes of postpartum or waiting out the final days before Baby Keegan makes his or her arrival (UPDATE: Baby Keegan has arrived!). However, weeks prior to having the baby, I’ve got one thing on my mind: baby prep. I’m making my lists and checking them twice, making sure we have everything we need for baby’s arrival. An important part of...
Talking to your family about your wishes is important.
I recently had lunch with a colleague who works within Beebe’s Palliative Care department. We were discussing palliative care and end of life planning and she said, “I refer to it as Advanced Illness Planning.” This really struck me. We spend so much of our life “planning” for big events. We plan for college, we plan for a wedding, we plan for a having a baby… But, do we plan for death? There are...
Baby jail may seem endless, but I love it here.
Oh, the things a person purchases thanks to Amazon Prime. My ordering once got to the point that I was racing home before my husband so that I could sneak the wonderful packages inside and put them away. And when he would ask, “When did we get that?” I would simply reply, “We’ve had that for years.” He is not at all a shopper and the only reason he goes anywhere near a mall is to shop at Cabela’s....
Stopping by to visit a friend who lost a loved one is a great way to support her.
In recent months, I have been inspired by how people support one another in Delaware, and especially in Sussex County. I am not referring to what people do in crises caused by hurricanes, fires, floods, and other extreme emergencies, but the outreach to those experiencing the inevitable conditions of aging – chronic illnesses, incapacitation, isolation, and death of a spouse, a companion, child,...
Green juice is Bridget's go-to recipe for better health.
I am sure that when you read the title of my blog you may have instantly thought this was going to be about St. Patrick’s Day, since this is my March blog and St. Patty’s Day falls on March 17th! Yes, I am named after the Patron Saint of Ireland; I am an unknown fraction of Irish descent and my mother loved St. Patty’s Day in her youth, so she thought giving me a good Irish name would always give...
 For some young women, it  may be helpful to establish care with an OB/GYN if they want to talk about the more "uncomfortable" private concerns with someone different. 
I often get questions about when young women should start coming in for gynecologic care. I love this question because it means someone is thinking ahead. I recommend a first OB/GYN visit anytime in the early teen years. Our governing body, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, recommends establishing care with a women's health provider between the ages of 13-15. Though it may seem...