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If you or a loved one is in the medical field then the term “burnout” is most likely familiar to you. Burnout among medical professionals is on the rise recently due to a lot of factors – increased work hours, lower staffing, increased acuity of patients, almost no tolerance for mistakes from management,  etc etc. I felt the effects of burnout myself when I was working as a nurse.

Physician burnout specifically  is a very real thing now and it’s causing a lot of problems for physicians and the patients they care for.

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Man. I have been away from writing for waaaaay too long! Why have I been MIA for so long? What has kept me from this hobby I enjoy so much? From interacting with all of you fellow doctor’s wives? I’ll tell ya.

We all come from different backgrounds. Different childhoods and families. And we are all in different phases of this crazy medical journey. But one thing that I KNOW we all have in common is that life throws all of us curveballs.

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I don’t know about you guys, but when Daddy comes home it is probably the best time of the day. When my two boys hear the front door open, they come running from their Legos or their cars with exclamations of “It’s DAD! DAD’S HOME!”

And my husband walks in the door with his blue scrubs, pager on his hip and his work bag slung over his shoulder. He will smile whenever he comes home,

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Your DrH is in his 4th year of medical school and is thinking ahead to the next step – residency. He has spent hours putting together his residency applications and they are officially submitted. Finally.

Soon enough the interview offers will start coming in and he will be off to check out the different residency locations. Residency interview season is an exciting time, full of future possibility and promise. I mean your husband is going to be a flippin’ doctor!

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Alright docs. This one is for you.

If you are a doctor and you are married, I’m going to let you in on a little secret – your wife puts up with a lot of crap that comes with living the doctor’s wife life. Now don’t get me wrong, there are some perks that come with the territory too. Yes, some doctor’s wives live a very comfortable lifestyle financially and that is in large part thanks to your hard work and sacrifice.

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When you see a doctor as a patient, you may have noticed that some doctors have an M.D. or some have a D.O. after their name. What’s the difference? Are both of them doctors? Can they both do the same things in medicine?

Or if you are a student who is considering going into medicine, you’ve probably noticed by now that there are M.D. and D.O. medical schools. Why are there two different schools?

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One of the hardest things about supporting a husband with his career is figuring out how to help him when things at work get hard. When the stress starts to mount and he feels overwhelmed, what can you do? I mean, it’s not like you can go to his workplace and do his work for him, right? Or march in there and tell-off that jerk of a boss? Even though you really, really wish you could!

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If your husband is a medical professional, he probably has some old white lab coats from his training years. And where are those white coats right now? Let me guess – shoved in the verrrrry back of your closet. Or folded up in a box somewhere.

I mean, he will never use it again but you definitely don’t want to get rid of it – it’s such a unique keepsake of his journey to where he is today.

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If your husband is a medical student, you know how hard it can be. He is studying at all times of the day and night. He has seemingly endless tests. He has to learn the equivalent of an entire semester of a college class in two weeks. It is hard and he is often under a lot of stress.

And so you, as the wife of a medical student, have a lot to deal with!

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When my DrH and I got married almost 7 years ago, we were madly in love. The newlywed stage was pure bliss. We wanted to be around each other constantly – constantly talking, constantly touching, constantly kissing – you get the idea. He was almost perfect in my eyes.

Yes when we got married there were a few hardships in the beginning. One was that because he was a night owl and I was morning person I was always begging him to come to bed with me while he wanted to stay up another hour or two.

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resident wifeI see you. I see you trying to put your game face on everyday but knowing how you really feel on the inside.

I know some days you are nervous and you wonder how you will make this work. I know some days you are just done being a resident wife. I know some days it takes every ounce of energy you have to keep it together, and sometimes you just can’t.

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One of my favorite things about summertime is spending time on the beach. Going to the beach has become a part of our regular routine ever since moving to Southern California for my DrH’s residency. We absolutely LOVE it. We go  almost once a week during the summer to escape the heat and enjoy some quality family time.

But of course,  as everyone knows, it is a LOT of work to get to the beach –

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Everyone wants happiness in their life, right? That’s obvious. People will go to great lengths to do things or buy things that they believe will make them happy.

But the sad thing is, every single person does something every single day that destroys their happiness in an instant. It can take the joy right out of you and make you resentful, dissatisfied, angry or depressed.

This daily, awful thing that we do to ourselves is we compare ourselves to others.

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Is there anything cuter than making your kiddo a mini-me of their doctor or nurse mom or dad?!! No, no there isn’t.

And thanks to Scott from My Little Doc you can dress up your child to look JUST like a doctor. My Little Doc sells children’s scrubs and lab coats that are beyond perfect. I mean look at this:

Are you kidding me?!

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Being a doctor’s wife has it’s ups and downs. Yes there are the long work hours, the unpredictable schedule, and the seemingly endless years of training. Yes our husband’s job is stressful and often they come home exhausted and emotionally unavailable. But there are some great things about being married to a doctor that I sometimes take for a granted. I try to remember these things when times get hard. Because really, not everyone gets to be married to such amazing people who also happen to be doctors.

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It’s the end of July. For a lot of medical families, that means you recently moved to a new place or are about to move soon – either for medical school, residency, fellowship, or your “It Gets Better” job.

If you moved already, you have probably already found out that your kids are not doing so well. Moving is a hard adjustment for everyone, and your kids are no exception. No matter what age they are,

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If you are a medical student or resident or a doctor’s wife, you already know that finances are tight. It can be stressful to figure out how to live on a resident’s salary or how to minimize medical school debt during the training years.

For starters, if you are a medical student you aren’t earning any money yet – you are spending it all on tuition. As I’m sure you are well aware.

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We are all so busy. If your husband is a doctor or a medical student like mine is, a lot of the demands of daily life fall on your shoulders due to his demanding schedule. It can be a crazy juggling act trying to manage it all. It can leave you feeling frustrated, burned out, and just flat-out done.

I go through periods of feeling like I’m living in utter chaos to actually having control over my life and my time.

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