Hello! I’ve been seriously missing in action. Well, from the blog. Certainly not from the hospital or clinic. Life has been the busiest ever for the past year. I GROSSLY UNDERESTIMATED the amount of work being a parent is. Especially being a parent PLUS having a regular job. And I only have one child!
It no longer feels like there is enough time in a day anymore. Even though I go out of my way to try to organize my days and weeks, I still feel completely disorganized.
My only comfort is in knowing that I’ve done my best. I try my best to change and feed the baby on time. I try my best to wake up early so I that I can exercise at least 4 times per week. I try my best to get to clinic on time so that the patients don’t have to wait too long. I try my best not to get home too late in the evenings. Etc etc. My best isn’t perfect but it’s better than curling up in a ball and doing nothing.
I now realize that I have been a bit insensitive to other mothers over the years, and I sincerely apologize. I apologize for saying in my mind, “why can’t she keep it together” in reference to a mother who brought her baby issues/drama to work. I apologize for being unempathetic to a mother who was late because her child was sick. I apologize for turning up my nose to the mother wearing a dirty blouse because her baby vomited on it and she didn’t have a chance to change it.
I apologize to my own mother for not being understanding and more helpful in the household, growing up with a bunch of younger siblings. I apologize for sighing (even though it may have been silently) when a mother with a young child came to sit next to me on a plane or train.
You just don’t know until you are in it, what it’s really like to be a (working) Mother.
I have so much to talk about where infectious diseases are concerned. I’m rusty with the writing but I have to start somewhere.
My first infectious disease blog post following my ~1 year sabbatical will be about why I would take the flu shot even if I knew it wasn’t a good match. Then I have a bunch of other topics, including Staphylococcus aureus since it seemed like there was an explosion of such cases last year. Also, infections from cats, rats, etc. I’ve been thinking about doing some video posts but I’m not sure. I’m a little shy where video is concerned. Plus I speak so fast!
Anyway, stay tuned to the infectious doctor blog!