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Enumclaw Hospital – St Elizabeth Hospital

I was born September 23, 1984 at the Enumclaw Hospital. This picture is of the new hospital.  The old one was not as fun to look at, thus the reason they tore it down.  Even while Sophia worked there it gave me the creeps. My birth of course was not just any normal day.  I was born during a Seattle Seahawks game.   The Seahawks beat the Chicago Bears 38 to 9 in front of a home crowd.  One person missing from the home crowd was Doctor Gramann who was busy delivering me.  Doctor Gramann now doesn’t have to miss any more Seahawks games.  After 5,000 child births and 5 Gamblin Children Doctor Gramann is quietly going into retirement.  We were really hoping that Doctor Gramann would stick around a little longer to deliver our first baby.  Now when our baby is due August 30 we know where Doctor Gramann will be… The Oakland Raiders will be in town August 30 to play Doctor Gramann’s beloved Seahawks.

Doctor Gramann Gold Star Award



Influenza A – Swine Flu

So I turned 25 in September.  My birthday is September 23.  I was so excited because about a week before my birthday rolled around Sophia surprised me with the news that she got 2 tickets to see Wicked in Seattle for my birthday.  Of course this was too good to be true as I love the production Wicked.  I saw it in London a couple of summers ago with good friend Ryan Ward.  I think Sophia has listened to the soundtrack numerous times as it is always a favorite of mine to listen to at work and in the car.

Wicked Logo

The first problem we had with Wicked was the football conflict.  Wednesday night for football Varsity and JV practice under the lights up at Pete’s Pool at 7:00 PM.  This was not going to be any other Wednesday practice either, it was the Wednesday night practice before we took on #1 Lakes. The tickets were for Wednesday night, but I made the sacrifice and made the arrangements to miss practice to go on a date with my wife.

As Wednesday was approaching things did not get good in the Gamblin home.  I missed work on Tuesday because I was sick and I joined Sophia on the couch as we both where under the weather.  Sophia continued to bother me through out the day that our thermometer was broken and she wanted to know what her fever was up to.  Late Tuesday night I went to the store to get Sophia a thermometer.  Sophia had a temperature of over 103 degrees which freaked us both out.  So we went to the Emergency Room.  While we were in the hospital Sophia’s temperature dropped and they did some tests.  To the excitement of the nurses at the hospital that Sophia was the first case of Swine Flu the hospital had seen!  I have never been so proud, haha!  As the nurses were excited, Sophia was not to thrilled nor was I.

Swine Flu

OK, I think everyone in the world knows what swine flu is.  People have gone crazy about this flu, acting like it is the black plague.  While at the hospital they gave us a sheet on what Swine Flu is all about.  Swine Flu is really just Influenza A.  Influenza A is a contagious respiratory illness affecting pigs, but is now being spread from person to person. Symptoms are similar to regular human flu.  The flu spreads in respiratory droplets that are propelled through the air by coughing or sneezing.  A person may become infected by touching something with a virus on it and then touching their mouth or nose.

Here are some of the symptoms:

Fever, Headache, Tiredness, Cough, Sore Throat, Runny Nose, Body Aches.

I thought you would like the Wikipedia or complete copy of the form the hospital gave us.   The This flu was nasty and it kicked our butts here in the Gamblin house.  As my birthday rolled around Sophia and I were left paralyzed on the coach feeling miserable.  We were unable to go see Wicked that night, so we passed along the tickets to Sophia’s sister and boyfriend.  My birthday and the days after were spent with both of us with no energy and laying on the couch watching ESPN and HBO on demand.

We are finally back to health but man that flu really sucked!



As Sophia and I drove off from our reception in a 1964 Chevrolet Corvette we embarked on our honeymoon.  We drove up to Bellevue for the night and sayed at the Westin Hotel which is right across the street from Bell Square Mall.  Our family packed us a basket full of food and of course which included the yummy cake from the reception.  When we checked into our hotel room we were exhausted and hungry!

Saturday morning although we tried to sleep in our bodies were so used to waking up early and being ready for the day.  We ate breakfast at a little cafe in Bellevue that we both strongly recommend “Gilbert’s on Main.”  After our breakfast it was off to Coeur d’ Alene Resort in Idaho.  At the Westin the night before Sophia told the hotel staff it was our honeymoon and they upgraded our room for free.  So she continued to share with everyone when we came into contact that it was our honeymoon anticipating anything free.  As we drove across the state it was nice to be in the car with Sophia and just talk about things at the wedding.

We arrived at the Coeur d’ Alene resort with a list of things we wanted to do: Silverwood Theme Park, go for a hike, para sailing, rent jet ski’s, lay by the pool and most importantly get our couples massage at the hotel spa (Sophia’s #1 priority).

We have heard from friends who have just recently went on honeymoons that you end of getting bored and you want to be around people you know.  That was not the case for us.  All the plans we had we threw out the window (besides the massage of course, Sophia was not going to miss that) and we just stayed in our room, rented movies from the hotel, ordered room service and slept and slept.  I think I gained seriously 10 pounds.  I think we averaged about 2 hours a day outside our hotel room, we went shopping in downtown Coeur d’ Alene and walked through the park but that was about it.

After 3 days of sleeping, eating and watching tv we drove to Jeff and Julie Iunker’s Cabin which was on the East side of the lake by Harrison.  The weather was not very cooperative as it was overcast and raining.  This was a great opportunity for me to start reading New Moon the 2nd book in the Twilight series.  I liked it a lot better then the first one and I read it in 24 hours.  Sophia was very impressed!  One thing you must know about my wife Sophia is that she loves Twilight!

While at the Iunker’s we went out to dinner and drove the boat across the lake to Black Rock Marina to Shooters.  Shooters is one my favorite places to eat as it is directly across the lake from the Iunker’s Cabin.  It is always fun to ride in a boat to dinner compared to driving a car.  After our 1 night stay with the Iuners it was back to real life.  We drove back across the state and I went back to work at Art Gamblin Motors and Sophia at the Enumclaw Hospital.

We wish we could go back to our honeymoon!  Wish it was longer 🙂


Sophia Kraljevich Birthday

Sophia turned 23!  She is currently working at the Enumclaw Hospital as a Certified Nursing Assistant.  She works 12 hour shifts from 4 to 4.  For Sophia’s birthday she got to wake up at 3:30 AM and go to work.  We went to lunch at Truffles Cafe at the hospital which has some really great food.  After work Sophia went to her girls night or should I say Bachelorette Party.  I was not allowed.

The night before I made the drive up after football camp to Mount Vernon to go to dinner with Sophia, Lana, Sandy and Steve.  We ate at Il Granaio which is a Italian Restaurant.  The food was great.  We did not take pictures, opps!

Happy Birthday Sophia

Happy Birthday Sophia

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