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Lives of Doctor Wives: Hello!

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Hello!

Hi, I suppose I should introduce myself to the group. My name is Rachel and after a quick google search of "doctor wives support group" I found this blog. It is so nice to find a group of women in the same situation. Whenever people find out I am married to a doctor, they automatically assume I am rich, conceited, and spoiled by a magical fairytale life. I have found that it is quite difficult for my friends to relate to my life. As you all know, being with a physician is quite different from being with anyone else. It is not uncommon for you to go 48 hours without seeing your poor, overworked husband. It is not unusual for him to be spending his limited time at home sleeping, studying, or preparing for a conference or presentation. It isn't uncommon to spend countless hours on the phone fighting with loan deferment companies. Some people don't understand that that you actually spent your anniversary, Christmas, etc. alone because your husband got screwed on the new call schedule- not because he doesn't care about you. And finally, people don't seem to understand that, not only are you not "spoiled" but that you have become an expert in delayed gratification :)
A little history:
I met my husband 6 years ago during his intern year. He was just beginning his urology residency in Utah (where I am from). For those of you whose husband did a surgical internship/residency know that intern year is no bed of roses :) To be honest, I am still amazed that we made it through (being a new relationship and all) but I am glad we did.
We now have a beautiful 2 year old girl and have another one on the way. She is due Sept 19. I am lucky enough to stay home with them until they start school. After which, I plan on pursuing a master's degree.
We moved to Texas last year for my husband's two year fellowship. It has been a little hard for me to live in a new place with no friends or family around. My daughter and I did a pretty good job of keeping busy during the winter months but now that the heat and humidity has intensified quite a bit, we find ourselves stuck in our apartment the majority of the day. I have come to the conclusion that the air conditioner to be my best friend in my 7th month of pregnancy :)
On the bright side, my husband has finally begun interviewing for jobs. It is a very surreal experience. He is very excited to finally see the opportunities available because of all his hard work. I think it is hard for him to adjust to the idea of being his own boss after so many years of being beaten down by power hungry attendings. He has interviewed at two places so far and we are going on a second interview this weekend. I can't lie, I'm pretty excited to finally see a flicker of light at the end of this long tunnel! My only disappointment, not finding this site 6 years ago :) Look forward to "getting to know" you all!

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10 Comments:

Blogger Allison said...

Hi Rachel! I'm Allison. :)

Welcome! Congrats on being almost done! It seems like forever until we will be at that point, so I'm becoming a bit jealous of everyone who is getting to the end.

And we lived in Corpus Christi TX and I was pregnant as well. It was extremely miserable! Where in TX are you?

August 1, 2009 at 2:10 PM  
OpenID joz1234 said...

Hi Rachel! I'm Jennifer. We are currently in Lubbock, TX. Nice to see you here. Congrats on the new little one. :D

August 1, 2009 at 2:53 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Welcome, Rachel! So glad you found us. I agree - I wish I had found this site during training, too! Congratulations on making it through and getting to the end. We're in Fort Worth, and the summers are indeed miserable, especially when you're pregnant. It should cool off by Thanksgiving. :/

Happy house hunting, and good luck with the interviews/practice decisions!

August 1, 2009 at 4:47 PM  
Blogger Melisa said...

Welcome, Rachel! So glad to have you!

August 1, 2009 at 6:27 PM  
Blogger Married to a med student - Marissa Nicole said...

Welcome! Are you looking at staying in Texas after his fellowship? What are you planning on pursuing your masters in? So nice to meet you!

August 2, 2009 at 3:46 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Hi Rachel, and welcome! I'm glad that things are finally starting to look up for your family. Looking forward to reading more of your posts.

August 2, 2009 at 4:20 PM  
Blogger Rachel said...

Thanks everyone! We honestly don't know where we will be going after this year. Interviews all over the country :) but hopefully we will find a place we like soon. My husband is seriously considering sticking to academic institutions so that does limit our prospects a little. Any suggestions of places to check out?
As of now, I am planning on going into social work.

August 2, 2009 at 6:16 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

Welcome, Rachel! Sounds like a very exciting time for your family.

August 3, 2009 at 11:39 AM  
Blogger Alexandra said...

So glad you could join us and I can't wait to hear more about the interview and job hunting experience. I'm SOOOOO ready to be there, so I'll live off your excitement until then!

August 5, 2009 at 2:38 PM  
Blogger Bea said...

I'm incredibly late on this post but I wanted to say hello and welcome! I look forward to reading about this stage in the job process!

August 13, 2009 at 6:51 PM  

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