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Lives of Doctor Wives: Howdy Beth!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Howdy Beth!

I am so excited a friend introduced me to this blog! It is so refreshing to have a place where everyone understands what you are going through. My name is Beth and my husband, Matt, is a PGY2 in Orthopedic Surgery. He was a physical therapist for 5 years before entering medical school, so we are a bit older than the "traditional" resident and wife. We are in Greenville, South Carolina (moved from Kansas) in a community-based program that has also recently been university affiliated. It is a very busy hospital that serves a large region. We are blessed to be in such a beautiful location in the foothills of the Blue Ridge mountains, and be in a program that is very social, supportive and family friendly. Speaking of family, we have two boys...a 3 1/2 year old and a 21 month old. My oldest son was born MSII, and suprised us with Down Syndrome. He needed a lot of medical care including open heart surgery, but now is doing fantastic and in school! He was born just a few months before Step 1, so it was a very stressful time for us. My youngest was born fall of MSIV just in time for my husband to be gone all of the time traveling for interviews! Again, it was stressful and busy, but I think all of it prepared us well for juggling residency.

I practiced as a pediatric occupational therapist for almost 10 years before deciding to stay home once residency began. It was a HUGE adjustment for me, but after about a year I am finally adjusted and enjoy staying home. We have four more years to go, plus fellowship, but we are truly enjoying our time in South Carolina and have met so many wonderful people in residency that are and will always be dear friends. I am excited to read and learn more on this blog, and get to know all of you!

Beth Hollenbeck

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9 Comments:

Blogger Bea said...

Welcome!

August 19, 2009 at 4:05 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

Welcome, Beth! So nice to have you. I grew up in the Greenville area, and I'm glad to hear that you are enjoying it.

August 19, 2009 at 4:08 PM  
Blogger Married to a med student - Marissa Nicole said...

Welcome and nice to meet you!

August 19, 2009 at 4:10 PM  
Blogger Melisa said...

Welcome Beth! Glad you are here!

August 19, 2009 at 5:51 PM  
Blogger Allison said...

Hi Beth!
I actually live in KS now and my SIL and BIL live in SC. (They will only be there for another year though since they are finishing up their residencies.)

Anyway, Nice to meet you!

August 19, 2009 at 8:28 PM  
Blogger Mrs. Dimple said...

Welcome!! :)

August 19, 2009 at 8:38 PM  
Blogger Made in Taiwan said...

Welcome!

August 20, 2009 at 1:30 PM  
Blogger Heather said...

Sounds like you have a beautiful family and live in a beautiful area. Welcome!

August 20, 2009 at 4:04 PM  
Blogger JLee said...

Hi Beth! look forward to your advice about ortho!!

August 20, 2009 at 6:00 PM  

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