Medical Mondays

Thanks to Erika for opening this new world for me! I am a crazy lady following these medically related peeps who blog. Now with Medical Mondays, I am going to meet MORE bloggers.

Fun facts about an MD, wife and mom of 2:

--- Post call days (after working 30 some hours --> now less: lucky underlings) my way of de-stressing while eating a large lunch is watch Grey's anatomy. seriously, as if seeing medically related things for 30 hours is NOT enough, I go for MORE drama and yes, cry and cry.
then it's the post-call postprandial slumber -- the best!

--- Derrick knows a lot of medical things (for someone who is not a bio major or a scientist) I talk about work, work, work every single minute that I can. If not talking about our kids of course! How he punishes me: He talks about football stats or basketball stats, the upcoming NFL draft, new NFL rules to help reduce concussion-related injuries, etc. I just close my mouth, listen and listen.

--- Be prepared to be an absent mom. absent daughter. absent sister. absent friend as a resident. My mom and inlaws used to ask when they see me on a weekend: "oh, isis is not working today, huh?" working ME = normality, reality.

--- I told my husband (then boyfriend): if we survive med school, we can survive anything.
Then I added: if we survive residency, then we can survive anything!!!
Having 2 kids (and expecting another 1 in Sept) EASY PEASY!

--- From Erika's post (from this article)

"Romantic date = Chinese take-out in front of the TV on their 10 minute study break."
My sweet Derrick did drive to see me during the first 2 years of Med school just to watch me STUDY. and then our treat was go to Thai Smile for panang curry and pad thai!

Support them when they come home after each test, upset because they failed—and gently remind them after they get their well above passing grade how unnecessary the “I’m going to fail out of medical school and never become an MD” dramatics are.
How true. I never wanna relive the first 2 years of med school. NEVER! studying and studying and MORE studying.

You'll need friends with unending patience who pretend never to get sick of listening to your endless venting and complaints. Or, you'll need to pay a therapist who will pretend never to get sick of listening to your endless venting and complaints
Mr. D heard it all.... and he's been supportive

--- It does get better. There's life outside med school and residency. (Funny, I just finished another post for a working mom link-up which is scheduled this week...so wait for it!) it's ALL worth it. Now I just look back at med school: I DID ALL THAT? wow.....
I am not gonna do it again though.

Happy Medical Monday!


  1. Thanks for linking up with Medical Mondays today! So glad you joined us. Great advice!

  2. Thanks for stopping by my blog through medical mondays! Sounds like you have a lot on your plate! Looking forward to reading more of your blog :)

  3. Anonymous4/01/2013

    Awesome post!
    I can totally relate... One of my most common post-call activities is to stuff my face while sobbing through Grey's. I sob at the best of times, but after 30 hours of work it is ridiculous.

  4. Hi Trishadm - Good I am not the only crazy one sobbing through Grey's :)

  5. Yay, I'm so glad you joined Medical Mondays!! I loved reading your post :) Even though it kind of validated my residency fears, haha! It's always so encouraging to hear from the perspective of doctor moms, so thanks!

    It's funny because I used to always watch Grey's, and now I still do occasionally but after a long day at the hospital or call I NEVER want to watch anything to do with medicine...I'm all about the Bachelor or some other silly show :)

  6. Thanks for joining Medical Mondays!

    Congrats on being almost done with residency! We finish this year too and I am SO EXCITED!!!


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