Monday, April 29, 2013

Scrubs and Nipples

Dear Hospital Management,

My husband appreciates the recent infusion of new scrubs. However, could I beg a favor of you?

Could you please pre-wash new scrubs with a high dose of fabric softener?

There's nothing like lying down next to your husband in bed on a Friday night only to listen to him to him bemoan a four hour surgery in a new scrub top... which subsequently left him with raw nipples.

I think we can all agree... scrubs should not double as nipple sandpaper.

Much appreciated,

Your Doctor's Wife


Friday, April 26, 2013

Fit and Healthy Friday {April}

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For April, I'm decided to keep it simple since I would be spending one week college hunting with D3 over Spring break

These were my April Goals:

Move More
Make Better Food Choices (since I'll be eating out quite a bit)
When home-
     one Zumba class a week
     WW breakfast and lunch.

How did I do?

Well, not great, but not horrendously horrible either.

I did move more thanks to a week of college touring, a trip to an amusement park, and taking care of my nephew.

While I did my best to make better food choices, I won't lie. I churro snuck in there somewhere, as well as some, okay LOTS of chocolate. What can I say, except if there was a chocoholic rehab clinic, I would have a wing named after me.

I still haven't made it to a Zumba class, however, I did make it to a massage where my cellulite was kneaded into submission.

I'd give myself a fifty percent PASS on eating a Weight Watchers breakfast and lunch. When we were home, I was able to stick to that regime. Honestly, I think that's what saved me.

Someone give me a drum roll... I lost two pounds this month!

This month, I'm not going to add anything else to my goals. Instead, I work harder to accomplish the goals I have already set forth.

I am only five pounds away from my goal weight.

Wish me luck!



Thursday, April 25, 2013

NBC News: Easy Come, Easy Go

A few days ago, I was on taking a ride on the proverbial Cloud 9.

I had been contacted by a journalist for NBC News and the Today Show website and asked to contribute to a story to which this little blog would be linked.

The dream of having this little blog shed its Pull-Ups and finally try on its first pair of big girl panties was intoxicating!

I enthusiastically answered all her questions. The questions were lofty softballs, and I was able to hit them straight out of the park. My fingers were typing out the answers at the sped only a mother can understand...the speed at which a mother can pee, poop, shower, and dress while her child teeters in delicate napland.

I was ready and eager for this next phase of the game. As I was typing away, I was thinking of all the new med life peeps out there I could connect with and bring to this party of ours. Like I try to be in all aspects of life, I was a step ahead of the game envisioning a larger community and support group.

Then, I begun to think about the journalist. I wondered exactly how much of my blog she had read. I wondered if she had read the "About Me" and "Full Disclosure" pages. Even though my insides told me, of course she did, I decided I should make sure she read everything.

Apparently, she had not. She could not a use my answers without using my legal name, city and state.

Crap-ola.

I explained I had a duty to protect my family and our livelihood. She completely understood my predicament, and still wanted to use the stories I had offered up. She suggested another option-- use my legal name and NOT link my blog.

Well, that defeated the purpose.

I have never typed out a word on this blog, hoping to see my name in lights.  I begun this blog simply to vent and rebut the common complaints about doctors.

Over time, this blogged morphed into a small, little community of support and friendship both in and out of the medical world. A community I cherish and hope to grow.

So, NBC news and the Today Show came and went.

Easy come, easy go.

{BIG EFFING SIGH}





Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Doc Talk: Q & A

Since Doc H was on vacation this week and enjoying a few days of solitude, I emailed him a couple of questions for him to answer. I thought he might finally have some time to contribute some insight....

Q: The biggest misconception I had about being an Attending is…  
A: Misconception - "Life gets easier" It actually gets more complicated. You may have more time at home, but the tradeoff is much more responsibility.  
Q: The best piece of professional advice I ever received was…
A:  When starting out, establish your professional competency. Don't take on overly risky cases or practice in a way that could be perceived as overconfident - first do no harm!  
Q: When I was in medical school, I wish I knew…
A: More about the financial issues doctors face; how to negotiate a contract; basic business knowledge.  
Q: When hiring a junior partner, I value _______________ most.
A: Commitment to being a good doctor; always putting the patient's best interest first. 
Q: The most significant stressor of my job is…
A: Juggling multiple demands at once.  
Q: What I most enjoy about my job is…
A: Operating.

Do you have any questions you would like to have answered? Submit them in the comments below. I can't promise how soon he'll be able to answer, but I'll try to get the answers back to you as soon as he answers them!

Monday, April 22, 2013

Surgeons Don't Get Fired...


I learned something...

Barring any massive mistakes
which would include retaining an attorney...

Surgeon's don't get fired.  

Instead, their privileges are not renewed.




Wednesday, April 17, 2013

School Violence: We're Not Joking Anymore


Today, one of our daughter's classmates is sitting in Juvenile Hall.

Why?

Either absurd stupidity or he deserves an Academy Award for portraying a sweet teen boy while actually deranged and mentally ill.

Either case, I'm pretty sure his life is ruined and his parents are both mortified and horrified.

In case you are the parents of a Facebooker, I'll let you in on a little secret.... school "Confessions" pages are all the rage.

You might want to see if your child has "confessed" or commented on the page. And, whether or not they have, you may want to use this opportunity to talk to them about appropriate internet usage.

Despite the plethora of school violence news coverage, this "sweet" guy (as D3 referred to him), posted a threat to kill everyone in the school.

"...but, he was just joking, Mom."

After Newton, Colorado, Virginia Tech, Fort Hood do teens really expect us to believe such a remark is a joke? Do they really expect us to respond with non-action?

Don't they listen? Don't they hear us?

We're not joking anymore.



Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Let Go of the Numbers

I logged on today and noticed I lost a follower.

Oops.

I'll admit. A year ago, I would've crawled into bed, huddled into the fetal position, and sucked Doc H's famous margaritas from the decade old sippy cup I hide in the deep recesses of my kitchen cabinets for just such an occasion.

That was then, this is now.

A year later, I realize the numbers are not what make or break a blog or blogger.

It's the relationships you forge...

The support you receive...

The support you offer others...

It's not about the numbers.

So, if you find yourself consumed by the numbers, let it go.

Let go of the numbers.




Thursday, April 11, 2013

Doctors Give Orders.. {and nothing else}


Yesterday, I had the pleasure of training a new education docent at my volunteer job.

Whenever I meet new trainees, I like getting their background stories. If I can utilize or highlight similarities from prior experiences to help transition to this job, I will. Sometimes, it helps and sometimes, it just acts as an icebreaker between us. Regardless, I find its always beneficial and nice to get to know someone new.

Gayle is a retired public relations liason for our local zoo. A spry and fit 70-something, she was all over learning everything about her new role with our organization. She soaked in all the information I spewed, and questioned me even more. I loved her enthusiasm!

When I dug a little deeper into her past, I discovered before the zoo, she had worked as a critical care nurse for over twenty years. Without me having to probe, she explained why she left a nursing career.

She hated receiving orders by doctors, hated her on-call schedule, and hated the stress of dealing with the families of patients.

So what did she do? She decided she would go to medical school, so she could be the one giving the orders and not have to deal with the other stuff.

Inside my brain was screaming, EXCUSE ME?!

Yes, that's right sweetie. Become a doctor so you don't have to deal with an on-call schedule and patients' rightfully emotional families, because giving orders are the ONLY thing doctors do.

She redeemed herself by following up with a story of a conversation she had with a doctor friend of hers who set her straight.

So she left the hospital and headed to the zoo.

{I know what you're thinking...
            what's the difference? Because hospital = zoo, doesn't it?}





Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Size Matters

It not new news. We all know damn well a woman's size matters.

Thanks to those airbrushed magazine covers, many of us females find ourselves doing that iconic, ironic run... you know the one I speak of. We mount that treadmill in an effort to shed those calories which have deposited themselves one our backside, all while watching how to make the most perfect Tiramissou. We run after the foods that put us on the treadmill in the first place!

But, we do it... because the editors of Vogue have told us size matters.

However, today I'm feeling the ground shift. It's not just women who need to worry about the size of their waist, the size of their bust line, or their cup size.

Guys, BEWARE! Your size matters, too!

I can already feel the number cases of penile enlargements increasing.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

While I'm in the Stirrups...

Yes, today is the day for that dreaded exam that includes stirrups, but no horse. Oye.

However, never fear! It's not a day without something to read! Catch my post "Dying the Doctor's Way" over at Doctors' Wives Living. It's a fantastic web-magazine whether you're a doc wife or not!


Monday, April 1, 2013

Medical Monday! and Bravo's "Married To Medicine"

It's Medical Monday and Holy Donkey Shizz Bahlz, I just watched thirty seconds of Bravo's "Married to Medicine" on my DVR, and have already vomited up my lunch.

I've been going to parties at attending's houses for EONS and I HAVE NEVER SEEN ANYTHING LIKE THAT!!!

Here are my questions for Bravo:
1. Where did you find these people?
2. Who paid off their school loans so they could buy those houses?
3. Are these women REALLY married to doctors? Because they seem about as sharp as a butter knife. Last time I checked, most doctors are pretty darn intelligent and they like a partner who can hold their end of a conversation... and catty conversations don't count.
4. What female docs hang out with doc wives??? NONE. They are far too busy!!
5. What kind of a surgeon wears Crocs? Patients bleed... A LOT!

Honest to God, I'm offended. According to Bravo, I'm doing the doc wife life wrong. I should be drinking every second of the day. Living in a palace complete with driveway round-about accented with a water fountain akin to that of the Bellagio, dressed in designer clothing from morning to night, living in my best CFM shoes, trying not to choke on my over-filled collagen lips as drama and physical fights between other doc wives happen all about me.

Oh, and let's not overlook the most important doc wife responsibility... Flare up the umpteen candles in your house, and meet your Doc H at the door wearing Fredrick's of Hollywood Lingerie two nights a week, just so he can hug you with his MRSA soiled scrubs, be completely unphased by your lingerie, ask you to open your laptop to take care of some business (and NO,  that is not code for sex), and then have his pager beacon him back to the hospital. And what's the Barbie Doc Wife to do? Smile and say, "Oh, that's okaaayyyyyy....".

I'm sorry, but I call "BULLSHIZZ"! I AM NOT A CATTY LUNATIC!!! Really. I'm not. I think I might even be able to get Doc H to vouch for that. Maybe.

I don't think I'll be watching this show anymore, but did you watch it? I want to know what you think. Really, I do... Like, SUPER BAD!!!

Let's move onto something more pleasing, shall we? {And please, do comment below and let me know you're thoughts on the show!}




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