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Lives of Doctor Wives: Greetings from a new contributor

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Greetings from a new contributor

Hi everyone! I am brand new to this website, but already I feel so thankful to have stumbled across this wonderful resource for connecting, sharing, commiserating and getting some much-needed feedback on the issues that unite us.

By way of introduction, I'm married to a PGY1 who has just begun a surgical intern year before going into Radiology. We're staying in the same city where he went to med school, but we'll be moving two states away next year. We don't have any kids yet, and I've been supporting us for the past few years as a floral designer and then as an editor of local history books. No cable at my house, that's for sure! (though I frequently long for an episode of Top Chef when I'm all alone).

Throughout med school, my husband didn't really make that many close relationships. We had good acquaintances, folks to share drinks with at class parties and the like, but I never really got chummy enough with his classmates' spouses to talk about the challenges of being married to a med student. I'm a pretty independent sort, and to be honest, I guess I've been in denial about needing somewhere to turn, other people to talk to who are facing similar hurdles. The first few weeks of residency have found me alternately confused, depressed, angry and sensitive. As soon as I started reading posts from this site, I encountered experiences and emotions that immediately struck a chord. Thank you to everyone who cares enough to share with the rest of us! I'm still nervous about the coming years, but for the first time I'm beginning to feel like part of a community--a thought that brings a smile to my face.


Blogger JumpingJane said...

Although I'm fairly new here too, I just wanted to say welcome. My guy is a pgy2 general surgery resident and I totally understand all those emotions you are going through.

July 9, 2009 at 9:37 PM  
Blogger Melisa said...

Welcome! So glad you found us! This is exactly why we started it. Many of us needed a place to go and vent without feeling like we were whining or boast without feeling like we were bragging. Look forward to hearing more from you!

July 9, 2009 at 9:54 PM  
Blogger Davita said...

Welcome! My husband is a PGY3 in ortho surgery so I completely understand where you are coming from.

July 9, 2009 at 10:11 PM  
Blogger EthidiumBromide said...

Hi Laura!
Just remember, no matter how bad this year is with your husband being a slave of intern year, next year will find him with SO much extra time in radiology! My husband is PGY2 radiology, though we don't get to take advantage of the extra time together, as we live in different states. He is loving his new lifestyle -- practically bankers hours. No more getting in at 5:30am, and no more staying until 10pm every night!

July 9, 2009 at 10:51 PM  
Blogger Married to a med student - Marissa Nicole said...

Welcome Laura!

July 10, 2009 at 9:36 AM  
Blogger Laura said...

My husband is also a radiology resident. He just started PGY-5. I promise there is a light at the end of the tunnel! Intern year is by far the worst. I tell everyone if we made it through that, we can survive anything. I completely understand your feelings! Feel free to e-mail me anytime laurastucki@att.net.

July 10, 2009 at 2:23 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Thank you all so much! Glad to be here.

July 10, 2009 at 8:10 PM  
Blogger The Plunks said...

Welcome Laura!
My husband is also a PGY1 doing a surgical intern year and then going into radiology. As much as I heard about this year I still wasn't prepared for it. I'm encouraged that everyone says it gets better. Something to look forward too!

July 11, 2009 at 2:10 AM  

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