Free Beer for Dads

Doc’s Bar and Grill’s 38th Street location across from Seton Medical Center and the Waterloo that sat there before is known well throughout the labor & delivery ward as the place that’ll give dads a free beer with their hospital bracelet.

We had Teresa at Seton too, but I never made it across the street to enjoy the beer.

One advantage—silver lining is perhaps a better term—of having the girls in the NICU is you explore the area around the hospital more. The cafeteria is fine and has enough of a selection to get you through the normal hospital stay, but after a week, it gets repetitive.

In this case, we needed food later, after the cafeteria closed. Going to Doc’s to pick up some food, they notice my bracelet and offered a beer. Looking closer, “why do you have two? One for each day or something?”. “Nope, I have twins up in the NICU.”

Turning to the manager, our bartender said “Did you hear that? Twins!”. “Give him a shot too; he needs it.”

Tried the new-to-me Guns and Oil Maverick Lager with a shot of Patrón.

Tried the new-to-me Guns and Oil Maverick Lager with a shot of Patrón.

It took the edge off of a long day. While Dads are no greater than third when childbirth is involved, it was a nice treat that has won me over to think of Doc’s favorably.

For more on the twins and how they’re doing, follow along on our family blog at For more of my Daddy reflections, check out In Search of Fatherhood

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Source: How A Coal Miner’s Autopsy Proved A Top Doctor Wrong

Continuing the topic of medical/public health stories, BuzzFeed—of all places—has this piece about a top doctor in determining if coal workers have black lung who seems to not be that good after all.

It is an incredible tail that reveals a devastating flaw in who trusts who during these hearings.

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Source: Second Health Worker Tests Positive For Ebola At Dallas Hospital : The Two-Way : NPR

This is incredible. While Hollywood and pulp fiction loves to play up Ebola as the most-deadly virus ever discovered (it is not), it is still extremely serious. That it took the CDC “in retrospect with 20/20 hindsight” to realize they should have sent in a robust crew to help and/or manage the first “off-the-street” Ebola infection in the nation’s history is mind-blowing.

Other news reports, citing a nurses’ union report, that the hospital was, and still is, completely unprepared for the situation, including lack of proper protective equipment and numerous violations of protocol, if only half-true, are still unbelievable.