10.28.2012

Swag Bucks Registration Code

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10.27.2012

Peds complete; Psyched for psych

My husband finished his pediatric rotation last week.  He loved it.  No, he LOVED it.  He's always had a big heart for kids, and I think this rotation has expanded it.  

The first four weeks of his peds rotation were in-patient at the local children's hospital, while the last four weeks were out-patient at various offices and clinics.  His first week of out-patient was at a local doctors' office.  It was your standard sniffles and sore throats type cases that one would imagine when thinking about pediatrics.  The second week was at the resident clinic, and was essentially the same thing, except for folks with low-to-no insurance.  His third week was in adolescent medicine - working with underserved adolescents - and his fourth and final week was spent in the nursery at the hospital doing all sorts of tests on little tiny newborns. 

Out of those last four weeks, my husband's time in adolescent medicine probably had the greatest impact.  He saw some pretty messed up youth, but he also saw the potential to change lives during that pivotal time in their lives.  Doing adolescent medicine would require a four year residency in med/peds (double board certification in internal medicine and pediatrics, which my husband would probably do if he decided to go the pediatrics route), followed by a two-to-three year fellowship in adolescent medicine...all to work with a primarily medicaid population.  We're doing it for the love, not for the money! ;)

Now, the peds shelf has been taken, and the peds books have been packed away, and we're on to.....psychiatry! 

I think I love psych.  My husband....loves the hours (really, that's what I love too).  This is a rotation with no call and no night float, and it will take us right through Christmas.  He is doing child and adolescent psych for the first four weeks.  His hours this first week have been from about 8:45am-1pm daily.  Afterwards, he heads to the hospital to work on his research project, then he comes home to make me dinner and rub my feet....or something like that ;)  Seriously though, he's enjoyed the doctor with whom he's working, has seen some interesting and challenging cases, and has gotten to have some semblance of a life.  Such a beautiful thing!  I think I'm going to like this rotation ;)

10.09.2012

Celebrations, etc.

Secret: It was my birthday last week.  I didn't mention it because I never blog anymore birthdays lose their awesomeness somewhere after the year 21. 

Not to say I didn't feel the love before, during and after my birthday. 

The celebration started the night before, when I made my Grandma's delicious and amazing nut cupcakes with dark chocolate mocha frosting.  

Divine doesn't even begin to describe these!

Day-of celebrations included lunch at one of my two favorite Lebanese restaurants with a couple of girlfriends, one who happened to be visiting from Nashville (great surprise!).  Upon my husband's arrival home from the hospital, we went out to dinner at a new farm-to-table restaurant in our city.  Farm-to-table is the hot new thing here, and I adore it!  (Though I didn't adore the $25 price tag on my husband's meatloaf dinner.  It was darn good meatloaf...but still!).  The rain hindered our post-dinner plans, so it ended up being a low-key evening, which was fine by us.  And no, we did not watch the debate (how rude of it to fall on my birthday!).  I did open my gift from my sweet husband. 

Opal (my birthstone) bracelet.  Gorg.

Continuing the celebration to the following weekend...Saturday was spent with my in-laws and one of my brother-in-laws' family.  We gorged ourselves at PF Changs (ps-have you ever looked at their nutritional info?  Please don't think they are all that healthy...most of their entrees are considered to be 3 servings, and I always polish my plate clean...) and they showered me with love and lovely gifts. 

(Typical American - all of my birthday celebrating involved food!)

The real reason I wanted to write this post was because I wanted to share the picture below, and felt like I should have some words to accompany it.

Is that not literally the sweetest card you've ever seen?  We're blessed with four of the sweetest nieces & nephews!  I adore being their "Ant" ;)

To top it all off - the birthday celebrations will continue this coming weekend as we spend time with my family.  I'm rather enjoying this whole drawn-out-to-eleven-days celebration!  ;)