After a lovely, albeit cloudy, beach trip to Atlantic City to mark the end of the first year of residency (!), Dr. J and I have embarked on PGY2.. and oh boy, this year is going to be a doozy!
While intern year posed a steep learning curve and
90+ 80 hour work weeks, Dr. J’s program had a lovely 6+2 schedule, which means 6 weeks on the wards (with one weekend day off) followed by 2 weeks of ambulatory service with a golden weekend during ambulatory! Very predictable. Good for people, like me, who like to make plans in advance. PGY2 year…not so much.
On top of working 12-16 hour days, every fourth day he goes in at 9AM and stays until 12noon the next day. He gets every 8th day off. Predictable yes, easy to plan things together..no. I tried to write it all down on our giant calendar. Turns out despite only working 4 days a week I still won’t overlap many days off with Dr. J. Le sigh…
But! I know I still have it better than other residency programs, so I’ll end my little pity party there and be grateful I still get to go to bed beside him most nights of the week.
Luckily, I have lots of art/craft/sewing projects lined up while Jason is hard at work! And a super cute doggie companion. If you’re a medical spouse (or an MD to be with a spouse/SO), I highly recommend getting a dog during residency if both your schedules allow for it – there will always be at least one someone at home ready to happily greet you every day! We also found a great dog sitter service for when we do actually get to go to a wedding/weekend away – more on that to come!
Finishing up some Sunday night art projects! (Dr. J is at work 9AM until 12noon tomorrow!)
Bridget (& Luke Skywalker)