Take the first orbital given to us by the time independent SWE, which is a sphere around the nucleus. Conventional teaching is that the electron is smeared across the whole surface area of that sphere. If the electron doesn't appear until after we measure it, how then do atoms repel each other? Or is the electric charge of the electron uniformly distributed across the surface of the spherical orbit? If the latter is true, doesn't that prove that quantum objects truly are matter waves that spread out in space? Please don't take this as crack-pottery. I realize I am wrong about something, but can't put my finger on it. Thanks!