Friday, February 22, 2013

Friday Flashback: February 1-22

I've been blogging about this weird med school/residency journey for almost three years. Every Friday, I'll bring you insight from years past (you know, in case you missed my oh-so-important recap of med school prom or what have you).

One year ago (Y is a 4th year, and I'm finally able to go with him on a few residency interviews):

Two years ago (Y is still excited about starting to see patients, and looooves to talk about it!)
Three years ago (Y is a second year)

What medical adventures were you getting into one year ago this week? Two years ago? 5 years ago? Share your link in the comments!

Monday, February 18, 2013

missing the taste of home

Neither of us have been back to Louisiana since we moved to Minneapolis in June. It's a little rough, but for the most part we've both been too busy to let it get us down.

Last week, however, Y came home from work looking a little sad. We were in the middle of a giant group text message with his parents, his brother, and his brother's girlfriend. It started with his mother wishing us all Shabbat shalom! and then turned into an all out emoji-fest.

"I could really go for some chopped liver," Y said dejectedly.

You're probably thinking that sounds disgusting (it's okay, I'm with you), but chopped liver is actually a Jewish delicacy that Y's dad makes to the family's great delight. When Y came home longing for chopped liver, I knew better; he was actually longing for the family dinners we used to share on Sunday nights at their house. 

That night, we sat down to our own family dinner, and Y started telling me about his day. 

"I got to do an autopsy today," he said.

"Oh really?" I asked, feeling a little sorry for him and being extra nice. "Was it like CSI?"

I watched him eat his dinner, knowing he was wishing we were eating chopped liver with his family. 

"No, it wasn't like CSI," he said. "It was an autopsy on just a liver."

And then, knowing his craving came from cutting up a human liver, I started feeling sorry for him for different reasons.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Thursday's link up topic

By the end of this week, fourth year med students will have turned in their rank lists and they'll just be...waiting. I can tell you firsthand, IT. IS. EXCRUCIATING. (And probably 800x worse for the actual student). 

On Thursday, let's link up and tell those who are going through it how we dealt with the excruciating hellish terrible it's not so bad? few weeks before match day. 

Thursday, February 14, 2013

How did you meet your [future] doctor?

If you wrote about how you and your medical lovahhh met, link up here! I can't wait to read your stories. Mine is coming soon. Get excited -- it's the sweetest story ever told. #not

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Medical Valentines

If you're looking for a last minute valentine for that special medical someone, I've got you covered. These little valentines are perfect for the constant studier, whether it's for a shelf exam, Step 1, Step 2, Step 3, or Step 8 zillion.

 Just stick one of these valentines -- conveniently shaped like a bookmark -- in whatever book they're using to study, and they can't miss it.

Because every medical spouse knows you have to get sneaky to actually get any attention around here, am I right?

PS. I couldn't press publish without a shout out to fellow medical spouse Katie at Priceless Design. These bad boys would be a million times better if I'd actually gotten my ish together and let her help me design; instead I contacted her for her design skills approximately 8 seconds before I needed them. You should check her out!

Sunday, February 10, 2013

back in the blogging game

I was MIA last week; I'm sure you all understand: Y went from being on a tough rotation, where he was rarely home, to a consult month. 8 to 5, weekends off. Although it's obviously nice to, you know, actually SEE him, I find it really difficult to adjust to not having so much free time.

This Thursday, in honor of Valentine's Day, our link up topic will be the story of how you met your medical man. (Or woman. But so far, I've only heard about women in relationships with men who read this blog. Am I wrong?) 

Can't wait to read some love stories!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

valentines for your doctor

Part of me hopes that someone comes across this page looking for an appropriate valentine for the doctor of whom they are currently a patient, trusts this post blindly, and puts him or herself in a very awkward situation. Only part of me, though.

Coming next week: free printable doctor friendly Valentines!

Monday, February 4, 2013

Medical Valentines/Medical Mondays

Happy February! I know February is supposed to be all about love (and presidents, and black history, and football, and awards shows) but Y hates Valentine's Day. It's not even worth it to try to get him to participate, because you can tell by his perpetual eye-roll that he's not into it. So we don't really acknowledge it. I recommend this to all of you medical spouses out there -- one less holiday to be disappointed about them missing!

For the rest of you, I've rounded up some anatomically correct/scientist friendly Valentines. Be on the lookout for that tomorrow!

Today is February's Medical Monday blog hop! I'm happy to be hosting with Kelly from Newlymeds. The premise is simple: if you have a blog that relates in any way to the medical life, link up to share your blog with the community.

Medical Monday is an opportunity for any and all medical/med life blogs to link up and meet others. So join us!

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Do you work in healthcare?
Doctor? Nurse? EMT? Chiropractor? Vet? Dentist? Therapist?
Are you the spouse or SO of a healthcare worker/student?
Are you a nursing student? Medical student?
Intern? Resident? Fellow?

You get the picture, right? 


Our once a month bloghop for bloggers like yourself, where we can build a community of support and friendship, learn from one another and share our stories and what's going on in our lives.

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Friday, February 1, 2013

Friday Flashback: January 26-February 1

I've been blogging about this weird med school/residency journey for almost three years. Every Friday, I'll bring you insight from years past (you know, in case you missed my oh-so-important recap of med school prom or what have you).

But first -- Don't forget about the Medical Mondays Blog Hop!

Write a post, any post, and then come back here on Monday to link up with the Medical Mondays, so that all of the other medical bloggers out there can find your blog. 

Back to your regularly scheduled Friday flashback --

One year ago (Y is a 4th year, finishing up residency interviews)

What medical adventures were you getting into one year ago this week? Two years ago? 5 years ago? Share your link in the comments!