Sunday, April 20, 2008

9 months and mobile

The Bean just turned 9 months old. It seems that he has had quite the spurt of development in the last few weeks. He got 2 new teeth, he started pulling up, he started crawling "for real," and he started to cruise. Just like that! He is a "big boy." I'm not ready! He is my *baby.* In so many ways. He still prefers the mama. He still dive bombs the boobs. Such a boob man, is he. I am breastfeeding longer than I had with CindyLou. She had little interest in the breast starting around month 8. Mr. Bean, however, is all about the boob, and I fear that it will continue that way until I say, "No more." Gah. I look at CindyLou's almost-4-year-old self, and I can barely fathom my little Bean growing as fast as she. Alas, I know it is inevitable! I have made a makeshift baby corral in the living room. He is such the explorer, it is hard to keep him contained! I am ever so grateful for the daycare's ability to accommodate his growing need for exploration. My living room , unfortunately, is less prepared.

This week has been crazy, nuts. Not in a good way. Deliveries and rescheduling of patients...the bane of my very professional existence. My office staff insists on scheduling me 7 patients in an hour. I am not pleased. I find myself actively fantasizing about other jobs. Less call, more life. Less than 40 patients seen per day. I spoke with another hospital this week. I find myself looking more toward relocating than staying and making this place work. This is a change, but with OtherDoc's wife as an "office manager" and the writing on the wall WRT any immediate change in the office and/or call schedule (not happening). I find myself invigorated by the possibilities out there. I am young, female, American trained, with a decent (I think) personality, and a strong work ethic. There is a lot of opportunity out there for me. I hate the concept of moving again, but, it may be worth it if I can find a job with one day call per week, and one weekend call per month (instead of 4 paltry days off per month, pathetic). Thanks to all of you for still checking on me! More detailed bread and butter OB/GYN in the next post, promise. Happy Weekend!

6 comments:

ann said...

your oncall schedule sounds crazy!! when i had my kids (9 & 6 years ago respectively), the practice i used had 6 doctors and a 7th to "fill in", so they only were ever on call 1x/week (and did a 24 hr rotation w/no office hours those days!). i hope you can find something that gives you more of a positive work/life balance!!

Anonymous said...

Go for it, Dr. Whoo! Moving is so worth it when you get your life back at the other end. Plus you could get closer to your families? From your ob-gyn adviser.

Anonymous said...

7 patients an hour? Are they nuts or what?

Daf said...

I cruised over here to check on your progress and want to congratulate you for looking around! I've narrowed my options down to three, all of them completely different and none of them 100% perfect (like I was really going to expect that). Good luck!

Not Afraid to Use It said...

I cannot believe he is NINE months already! Where in the world is the time going? It feels like I was just reading that he was born.

As for OtherDoc's wife being the office manage? That is a no-win situation. No amount of carefully thought-out constructive criticism will be seen as such. I hope you come to a peaceful decision soon.

A. said...

Our main practice is about to start doing one week of night call (with no day/office responsibilities that week), q6wks. Day call is 1 day/wk with no office duty that day (generally have to stay at hospital b/c so much going on), weekends will be q 6wks too. They will have 5 in their practice + they share call with one other in town to = 6.
I think it will be a pretty good deal for them, no more night call followed by office next day.

Too bad OtherDoc can't see that he's going to burn a bridge...
are yall busy enough to add another partner to share call with?