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Lives of Doctor Wives: The Build-Up

Monday, March 3, 2014

The Build-Up

I have long said that Thursday is my favorite day of the week. It’s close enough to the weekend to be a beacon of light and hope at the end of a weary week. It still holds promise to be an epic experience of adventure, relaxation and fun. No one has bailed yet, and if they have, you still have time to make other plans. Besides, let’s face it, once it’s Friday, the weekend goes so fast, it practically skips the two days and goes straight to Monday.

That isn’t pessimistic, it’s realistic. Don’t let anyone tell you differently.

We are planning one last big trip before med school starts. It will be our last hurrah, since once fall hits, we will have no money, and no time for the foreseeable future. I am so excited for this vacation, and think about it a lot, as we work and save and plan to make it as awesome as we possibly can. I can’t wait, yet hope it takes its time to get here, cause as soon as it is time, it will be over in the blink of an eye, not too mention the things that won't go according to plan.

In many ways, I view medical school similarly.

I am excited to see him officially choose which school to go to. I am excited to see him get his enrollment materials, and see him get nervous excitement to start. I am not looking forward to signing loan documents. I am excited to see him leave for orientation and to officially be able to say he is in med school without having to go into a long explanation of the entire process. I will be thrilled to watch him walk across the stage at the white coat ceremony.

… But I also hope it takes its time getting here.

I don’t know what med school will be like. I don’t know how much time it will really require of him, especially starting out. I don’t know what shape our family will take in the upcoming years. I don’t know, and the unknown is scary.

All I know right now is that it is Monday night, and he and I are going to watch The Bachelor (which he got me started watching, fyi) and How I Met Your Mother. We both got a workout in today in addition to work before coming home to eat leftover pizza with our two dogs passed out next to (or in Doc’s case on) us.

The build-up for the vacation continues to climb, and the excitement of him starting med school mounts, but they, and tonight, can all just take their time.  

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Blogger Megan Walker said...

My MSIV and I are in a similar place, except with residency.

Medical school was hardest for me right at the beginning. I severely underestimated how much time he would have to study in order to be successful, which cut into our together time. Once I readjusted my expectations and got some hobbies, we sailed smoothly through medical school.

First and second year may be frustrating for him because all he does it study, and he wants to be a doctor, doing things with his hands at the hospital.

Third year is stressful because he'll be applying for residencies, away electives and taking a Step exam. He'll have to study, and you will need to let him. He'll also need you to boost his confidence, because he probably won't believe in himself under so much pressure.

Fourth year will be AWESOME because his schedule is light. He will travel a lot initially for interviews, but once that is over, he'll be home a lot. And it will spoil you.

I hope this brief outline helps give you an idea! I'm always available for questions if you have more : )

March 4, 2014 at 9:44 AM  
Blogger Anna Myatt said...

Thanks Megan. It's always interesting to hear different people's experiences, because every one of them have been different. We live across the street from one of the universities he was accepted to, and know a family in our complex which is ending his residency this year, and they are about our age now (I am 30, DH is 28) and they said year one and two was super light and easy and 3rd year was the rougher. Another of our friends is graduating from Harvard and coming to do his residency here next year and they said it was pretty even throughout and very seldom did it get to the point that they felt deprived of time. I think a lot depends on the school, and the student. The one we are leaning towards actually starts patient and hospital interaction right away. We are also in the situation that we have each been working 2 jobs, one of mine being full time, so we are used to not having unlimited time together. We met in our upper twenties, so we didn't have the fancy free college time together.

March 4, 2014 at 12:14 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Enjoy your vacation! As the wife of a first year, I can totally relate to how you feel right now. Take heart though, it isn't too bad (so far!).

March 4, 2014 at 12:55 PM  
Blogger Anna Myatt said...

Thanks Sarah! We leave in a little over 2 months, but hey, who's counting! On a side, I subscribed to your blog, and discovered we were both married 8/4/12! Apparently it was a great day to get hitched :)

March 4, 2014 at 5:36 PM  
Blogger From A Doctors Wife said...

Love our link ups from LDW, thanks for hanging out with Medical Mondays. To the author: you are about to embark on an amazing journey:-)

March 6, 2014 at 10:08 AM  

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