Monday, August 6, 2012

Medical Monday- In the trenches

Somehow I stumbled upon these awesome blogs - Your Doctor's Wife and From: A Doctor's Wife  - and I love them! They blog all about what it's like as the wife of a doctor and a medical resident. I can commiserate because my husband just graduated from med school and started his first year of residency about a month ago.

First official day of residency. Woot woot!

Your Doctor's Wife and From: A Doctor's Wife have decided to do a weekly blog hop for medical/med life posts! It made me realize I should post more about my experiences "in the trenches" here on the 'ole blog. 

I don't always think about, or know what to say about, our experience in medical school. I say "our" because when you are married to a student doctor it's a team effort! Not only do the students themselves make a lot of sacrifices, but you as the wife/husband/significant other/child/pet of the student make a lot of sacrifices as well. 

I can't remember how many events we missed (including a sister's wedding), or how many date nights had to be canceled. I don't know how many days I was ready to ship my kids off to a pineapple farm and couldn't even call my husband because he was in class, or studying for the 4th test in a 3 day period. 

There were times he was gone for a month or more on the other side of the country on a rotation. During one of those rotations I had to take all three kids with me to the ER late one night because Girl A stepped on a sawtooth picture hanger. 


Sometimes he would be SO busy studying for a huge string of tests (which seemed to happen every.stinkin'.week) that the only opportunity we had to see him would be to take dinner over to the school and have dinner together as a family at the picnic tables outside. He would take half an hour to eat and play with the kids, then it was back to the 'ole grindstone!

But, we made it through school! He graduated! Woo hoo!!

Now, we just have to make it through residency, right?!?! Right. 

Linking up with


  1. Thanks for sharing, I love reading new blogs :)
    Hope you had a good weekend.

  2. You are definitely right. It is a team effort! Thanks so much for linking up for our very first Medical Monday Bloghop and spreading the word! You are awesome!

  3. That is sooo awesome! Congrats to both of you. Isn't it such a great feeling?! Your post brings back so many of those same experiences and emotions I felt. I remember those days all too well when my husband was in pharmacy school. I felt like a single mother most of the time. It was such a growing experience for both of us. I was kinda glad that my husband opted out of doing a residency. (not a must for pharmacists) After 7 years we were just ready to finally move forward onto the next stage of life. Oh and I totally agree with the "Our" degree one couldn't have done it without the other especially when you have a family!

  4. You summed it up! So glad you linked up today:-)

  5. Proud of your family!! Hold on in there everything will pay off in the end. He's doing this because he wants to help people so you have a great man by your side. :)

  6. You are an awesome support person! Keep the faith during residency. Ellen (Found you on Medical Mondays)

  7. That's just wonderful! Congratulations to all of you!!

  8. you will make it through and be better because of it! And it is "we" graduated and "our" journey :) found you on from the blog hop!

  9. Wow, I never realized how hard this was. My aunt AND uncle are both doctors, I can't imagine how they both did it!!

  10. Oh this cracks me up! Hang in there. Its so much easier on the other side...though there are still lots of single mom moments, weeks, nights when that stinking pager goes off. Still its very convenient to have a Dr. in the house sometimes.
    Following from Weekend Blog Walk.


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