Tag: work/life balance

Running for the Finish Line

Running for the Finish Line

I feel like I’m always writing about how crazy life is right now. I think it’s because everyone’s lives are crazy right now, for a different mix of very good reasons. I’ve been physically caught up in our hospital’s COVID-19 surge planning, literally, as our […]

Feeling Thankful for the Therapeutic Mom’s Night Out

Feeling Thankful for the Therapeutic Mom’s Night Out

All work and no play makes anyone a little depressed. It’s not that work is boring. There’s never a dull moment over at Man’s Greatest Hospital, that’s for sure. I’m taking busy to new levels, taking on a lot of new responsibilities, inventing some even, […]

The Working Mom Workout: Getting the Most Out of the Gym

The Working Mom Workout: Getting the Most Out of the Gym

I rarely get to the gym, and when I do get there, I’m on a tight schedule. So I want the biggest cardiovascular benefit and most calorie burn in the least amount of time. Plus, I’m a Type A, perpetually multitasking, frighteningly nerdy medical professional… […]

On Call At Home: On Pagers and Parenting

On Call At Home: On Pagers and Parenting

If I wasn’t a parent, being on call wouldn’t be so bad.  Except for these pathetically outdated pagers with the visually challenging black-on-green screens. One is forced to squint — painfully — in order to read the message.  There was an effort to switch over […]

Shake (Run, Stretch) It Off

Shake (Run, Stretch) It Off

My blogging bandwidth was squeezed considerably by clinical and personal stressors  this past week. I was on call for our practice, and while there were few actual pages, they were mostly middle-of-the-night legitimate medical problems. Like, Doctor, I’m coughing up blood; as opposed to Doctor, […]

If You’re Pushing and the Door Won’t Open…

If You’re Pushing and the Door Won’t Open…

We’ve got a lot going on. In addition to our normally nuts two-working-parents-two-kids lives, we’ve had several other crisis- level family issues. And in the midst of all that, I’m attending a highly anticipated annual conference for doctor- writers, held at a very fancy downtown […]

A Working Mom Faces Monday With Mixed Feelings

A Working Mom Faces Monday With Mixed Feelings

It’s the Monday after school vacation week, and here I am boarding my train, bound for downtown and my clinic. Part of me is elated! Doctoring is, weirdly, the easier half of my existence. It’s a  challenging and rewarding career for which I feel well-suited, […]

Yes, medicine is a life’s work. But so is mothering. Working part-time is choosing to excel at both.

Yes, medicine is a life’s work. But so is mothering. Working part-time is choosing to excel at both.

Every one of the docs in my internal medicine practice is part-time. Yes, many of us have other non-clinical work responsibilities in administration, education, or research. But no one sees patients for more than six sessions weekly. What does that mean? A session is a […]

Deserving Couch Potatoes

Deserving Couch Potatoes

Last night, for the first time in as long as we can both remember, maybe over six or eight months, Hubby and I sat down on the couch for an hour and watched television. Together. While drinking wine. And conversing. Without interruption. Miraculous! We completely […]

A Clarification: Call Is Not Always Easy

A Clarification: Call Is Not Always Easy

“You made call sound so easy!” said a friend of mine yesterday, referring to my last post. I need to correct that! When I said there were some “hairy moments”, I meant, AWFUL moments. I was reduced to tears during one flurry of calls: So, […]