Thursday, June 9, 2016

Updates and Long Distance ....Again

Dr. Hubby and I have reached the point in residency for the 4 month 2 hour long distance for his peds rotation!

I can't believe it's the end of our second year! I am thrilled I get to join him in Lexington for the month of July. Halleluiah for being a teacher!! I'll come back to start teaching early August of course.

Our animals have all be divided up. Scarlett is going to stay with my parents. Greycie will be staying with my in-laws. Carmen will be staying with my Grandma. The apartment is amazingly nice; however, it doesn't allow pets. The 3rd floor accommodations also make it an issue.  I'll be soaking up the sun at the pool for sure! We definitely lucked out getting the 1st rotation.

The program here is amazing and pays for all the costs associated with moving for the 4 months. Keep in mind, we also still have the house in Huntington to take care of. Gas coming from Huntington to Lexington is also reimbursed on the weekends to play intermural kickball on Sundays. They pay the rent and all utilities. It will be fun to check out the fitness centers while I'm there in July. My planet fitness membership does transfer to the one in Lexington. Score.

I've lost about 5 solid pounds since starting my journey with Jeremy Mullins and #GetMacroEd on facebook. The program cycles every 8 weeks tapering carb numbers lower and lower.
The current numbers I've been given are:
* 150 grams of protein
* less than 50 grams of carbs
* between 65-85 grams of fat

I've really hit a plateau at 140 pounds. Remember, for our wedding I did crossfit 3x a week and was low carb and was in the best shape of my life. I'm thinking about going back after my family vacation to Deep Creek Lake, Maryland. Right now, I've been running 5k+ on Saturdays and lifting 2x during the week. It's time to step it up a notch. I'm sure the above pictured pool will help with my motivation! It's time to drop some weight before I get prego.


What? We have finally reached the point in this crazy medical journey to start looking into attending contracts??????

Never glance at your s/o cell phone pictures:

Sunday, June 5, 2016

So you think Doctors make tons of money ...

Ok you’re right, someday as an attending…
Thanks Bravo for packing the stereotype into pop culture.

But really though, do you know what it takes to get to that point?

To be a doctor you need a bachelor’s degree, 4 years of medical school, focused residency training in the field you match, complete an optional year for fellowship training be specially specialized, then become an attending aka be on the Bravo Married to Medicine show.

The joyous phase between medical school and becoming an attending is affectionately titled "residency". An upside is that you DO get paid a little to train in field you want. For orthopedics, this phase is 5 years. The length varies. Surgeons need more training than family medicine doctors. The 8 years before becoming a resident, my hubster racked up in the ball park of $350,00 of school loans. Interest per month during residency is about $2,000 per month. (PS... I'm a teacher. $2,000 is my monthly salary.) It will be closer to $400,000 by the time we are able to start paying on them. Now is not the time.

Residents across the U.S. make about the same amount. If you are really curious just go to google and type in “orthopedic residency salary”. It’s actuate.

A sample from our residency website:

 PGY= Post (Medical School) Graduation Year 
 F= fellowship

Let’s be real… people live on far less than this. I know. Did I mention I was a teacher?

The Grand Issue:
Let’s hit you with some math basic math. (If math makes you cry, skip to the bold type at the bottom. You’re welcome.)

·        24 hours in a day. 7 days a week. 168 total hours in a week.

Usual weekly work breakdown:

·        100 hours at the hospital. Forget what you have heard. The 80-hour work rule only exists on paper.

·        5 hours per week reading articles for work

·        Grand total of 105 hours working per week in training.

For a first year resident making $52,000 and working 105 hours per week. The hourly rate is pretty pathetic.

·       52 weeks in a year minus 3 weeks vacation = 48 work weeks

·       48 times 105 hours= 5,040 hours worked in a year

·       $52,000 divided by total hours worked in a year…

A first year resident orthopedic surgeon resident after completing 8 years of school will make $10.31 per hour. Remember that time McDonald’s workers were pissed about their minimum wage pay?


Dude, I'm pretty sure the legendary rapping bum on campus at The Ohio State University brings in more per day. It probably helps he doesn’t have to pay income tax either!

What about resident’s free time? Yah… let’s go there...

·       168 total hours in a week

·       105 hours spent working

5-6  hours of sleep per night

·         Let’s be generous and say 6 hours per night

·         42 hours of sleep per week

168-105-42= a whopping 21 hours of freedom.

I asked my husband how he likes to spend his 3 hours per day of leisure:

Cheers to residents and spouses in the same boat! May the years go fast; the learning be meaningful, and future Louis Vuitton live up to their name! We deserve it.

Monday, November 23, 2015

My Own Pre vs Post Wife Expectations

What I thought being a wife would be like:

Poetic Strength

With medical residency interviews in progress, I thought I would take time to reflect on the quotes that have resonated with me following my husband though the first years of orthopedic surgery residency. I wish I could say I have been 100% supportive through his medical journey. We, after all, started dating at age 15, went to undergrad together and, were long distance through medical school by 3 and a half hours. The reality is that being a significant other in the medical community put mildly is tough. If you are in the significant others club, you know what I’m talking about. I’ve spent my fair share of his call nights on Pinterest, panning through the motivational quotes section in our queen size bed with an English Bulldog warming my feet, German Shepard fit snuggly under the bed, without a husband beside me. My eyes look harshly at the warm glare of my phone screen against the dark background of the bedroom searching for poetic strength not to take my annoyance at our situation out on him after he has been at work for 24 hours plus. These sayings have kept me grounded and often shake my negative attitude into a positive one.

1.)    We don’t meet people by accident, they cross our paths for a reason.

I cannot believe how fortunate we are to have landed in residency in a program that feels like a family. I would have never thought that my social life would have been comparable to what it was after leaving all of our friends.  Landing residency here was a blessing.

2.)    How lucky am I to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard. –Winnie the Pooh

Distance from family and friends makes you realize how many wonderful people are in your life. I am so happy when I have friends drive so far to see me. The effort alone speaks volumes about our friendship.

3.)    “I must learn to be content with being happier than I deserve.” –Jane Austen

 I have everything I need.


4.)    “Success is not convenient… it leads to a life of convenience.”

 We live our 20's to work, 30's for family, and 40's to enjoy the fruit of the tree we planted 20 years prior. Intelligence is not just getting an A on a test but realizing that gratification does not have to be instantaneous. Waiting is often against social norms but is in fact acceptable. Long hours = bigger checks someday. Be patient.


5.)    Most women want a man that’s already established. A strong woman will be a part of his struggle, survive it, succeed together, and build an empire.

 Having a common goal  in our marriage makes us stronger.


6.)    The things you take for granted someone else is praying for.

It’s easy to get caught in the cycle of only noticing how much your significant other is not home and how much time they might spend studying. It takes a special strength to not see your husband for the “80 hour work week rule” (cough cough… 100 hour work week) to then have him come home and retreat to the basement to read for lecture the next morning. It hard to take care of the house alone, prep all the food, and keep 2 dogs and a cat from killing each other while working 50 hours per week. It’s nuts; and I’m pretty impressed at myself honestly! In the midst of all the crazy, it’s so easy to look around and forget how nice our first house actually turned out to be, that we have food in the refrigerator, have money left over at the end of the month, and have a husband who is working his ass off every day for our family’s future betterment.


7.)    Attitude is the difference between an ordeal and an adventure.


8.)    Growth happens at the end of your comfort zone.

The most fun I've ever had was because of a situation that made me uncomfortable. Just jump. It all works out in the end.

9.)    Life does not owe you anything. Not happiness, wealth, power, success, or love. It is your job to create that for yourself.

The more work you put in to anyone of those areas, the more satisfaction you get out. Staying in does not help any of it. Push yourself to get out and make new friends. Try new things. If you are lucky enough to be placed area with people of different backgrounds, use it as a learning experience.







Tuesday, March 17, 2015

My Fur-Baby Scarlet!

During the first weeks of my new teaching job, Charlie and I decided to adopt Scarlet the German Shepard pup!

She has been a wonderfully chaotic addition to our family. 

Scarlet enjoys:
·         Tearing the stuffing out of her chew toys
·         Our neighbors pugs (she plays with them through the chain link fence)
·         Taking our socks outside to play with
·         Chasing the cat
·         Sleeping under our bed

At 8 months Scarlet is working toward:
·         Not nipping at hands
·         Coming when called
·         Running on a leash
·         Not chasing the cat
·         Following the first command we give her, not the 3rd.