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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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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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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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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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No matter how long you’ve been with your man, sometimes it’s easy to stop noticing all of the good in them. You may whine over some missing qualities you wish he had or the quirks he does have that drive you crazy. Life gets in the way sometimes. It can cloud your vision of who they really are.

And I know that none of us have perfect marriages or are married to perfect men.

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I have been married to a doctor for 5 years. Well, technically in medical school he wasn’t a doctor yet, but I have been supporting a doctor or doctor-in-training for 5 years out of our 7 years of marriage. Sometimes when I think about that it makes my head spin – that only two years of our marriage were not part of this “let’s make my husband a doctor” journey.

On this journey I have learned some things about being married to a doctor that I WISH I would have known at the beginning.  

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