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Gene QueenGene Queen
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Whew! It’s been awhile since I’ve written. Right now I’m waiting for Brad and his daughter to arrive for a weekend of skiing here in the Ottawa area. I’ve never skiied before! I feel like such a stick-in-the-mud.

So we got engaged!!! One evening late in November he pulled out the ring and popped the question. I was completely surprised. Apparently he had bought the ring months before but was waiting for the right moment.

We had a great Christmas, since I was lucky and got 10 whole days off over the holidays. In terms of hours and days worked, residency hasn’t been as bad as I anticipated. I’m in my eighth rotation of first year. Some of my rotations have call and some don’t. Next year will be harder… I’ll be in peds and will be on the call schedule for peds the entire year. So essentially I will be like a first year peds resident.

So, Brad and I are seeing each other almost every weekend. The drive home is only 2 hours. We are happy like this for now. I’m not thinking about the future too much. I’m not even thinking about getting married… although the way my friends talk about it, it seems they think I should be! We want to figure out how to live together first. I wouldn’t be surprised if we just end up eloping.

There is only one resident in my program other than me, and she is on maternity leave right now. I talked to her the other night on the phone, and she is having a great time being a mom to her now 4 month old son. I found myself feeling kind of jealous! I even get kind of jealous of pregnant women I see at the hospital. Must be my biological clock ticking!