Monday, April 1, 2013

Medical Monday

Today is Medical Monday, and I am co-hosting with Your Doctor's Wife, From A Doctor's Wife, and Lives of Doctor Wives! My husband is a fourth year medical student of West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine. I write about him often on the blog, but have never written a truly medical post, so here goes! I will give you the story of what its been like to be married to a medical student and what our future holds.
Hubby and I met in college and started dating our sophomore year. During our senior year, Hubby applied, interviewed, and was accepted to medical school. He was then commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the US Army to pay for medical school and become a doctor for the Army. Sometime after that, we decided that we were moving to Lewisburg, WV together. After we graduated he went to Officer Training School in Texas for most of the summer while I prepared for our big move. Thanks to the help of our parents we moved and medical school began shortly after. It was the beginning of a whole new chapter for us. Neither one of us had friends there and our families were further away. But it did great things for our relationship, since we had each other. I thought I knew what studying was like in college, but studying in medical school is a whole different ballgame. I remember thinking if we were doing this long distance I wouldn't understand why he was reading 10x more than in college and not calling me all the time, so I was glad I was there and able to support him and spend his available time with him. I immediately got a job at Peebles, a small department store, and waited for my West Virginia teaching certificate so that I could start subbing in the school district, since there weren't any music teacher openings. We started making friends with the other medical students and their significant others and making Lewisburg our home. On our third dating anniversary (halfway through first year), he proposed. That summer was really his last full summer off and we were able to get married and go on our honeymoon. Second year was filled with even more studying, so I joined a choir and jazz orchestra. While he was studying for his Step 1 Boards, I was having a great time hanging out with the other spouses. After two years of classroom studies, it was time to move to our chosen region for rotations. WVSOM sends their students across West Virginia to different hospitals to do rotations, and we ended up in Weirton, near Pittsburgh. We moved up here with eleven other students from WVSOM who became our Weirton family. Rotations are like student teaching. Hubby goes to work everyday, doing different specialties every month, puts in a regular work day in that field, and comes home. Its just like he was a working doctor, except he doesn't get paid. Most of the time he has weekends off and a normal schedule. We've been able to visit our families more often and hang out with our college friends who live in Pittsburgh. And now we're less than two months away from graduation! Right after graduation, we are moving to Tacoma, WA to Fort Lewis-McChord for his general surgery residency. Three other WVSOMers are also going there for residency, so we already have friends, and I have an uncle and some cousins out there too. We're going to miss the East Coast, but are excited to start the next chapter of our lives. And adopt our first puppy together :)

Medical Monday!!!

Medical Monday is a once a month opportunity for any and all medical/med life blogs to link up and meet others. So join us!

Are you confused if you qualify for the party?

If you have a pager interrupting your life... you DEFINITELY qualify!
Do you work in healthcare?
Doctor? Nurse? EMT? Chiropractor? Vet? Dentist? Therapist?
MA? NA? PA? DA?
Are you the spouse or SO of a healthcare worker/student?
Are you a nursing student? Medical student?
Intern? Resident? Fellow?

You get the picture, right? Come on, now... don't be shy! Let's keep growing and meeting new bloggers, so we can build a community of support and friendship, learn from one another, and share our stories.

LINK UP YOUR POST!

Here are the rules:
  1. Follow your co-hosts via Bloglovin (since GFC will soon be defunct), FB, email or Twitter.
  2. Link up you medical/med life blog. If your blog name does not clearly state how you fit in to the med/med life world, please write a little intro or link up a specific post which clearly demonstrates your connection.
  3. Visit at least 3 other link ups, comment, introduce yourself, and tell the your stopping by or following from MM!
  4. Help spread the word by using our button on your post or sidebar, tweet about Medical Monday, or spread the word on Facebook! The more the merrier for all of us.
Complete step one by following your co-hosts:

Want to be awesome?
Post our button on you post or sidebar and help spread the word:



Want to co-host next month? Shoot Emma an email at yourdoctorswife@gmail.com and be sure to write "Medical Monday Co-host Request" in the subject field.

Now, link up below and have fun! The link up is open through Friday, so be sure to come back during the week to check some great reads!

22 comments:

  1. Stopping by for medical Monday.

    My husband went to ft Lewis for BOLC 1. He says its beautiful out that way! We've only been on the east coast our whole lives, too. Good luck with the move!

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    1. It is a beautiful place, so we're excited to go there! Thanks!

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  2. Born and raised near Tacoma! Love it here! Don't be scared of the rain...it's not like they say!

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    1. Thats awesome! If its not snow, I'm ok with it! :)

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  3. Thanks for co-hosting. I used the "he's a works like a doctor but doesn't get paid" line so many times I can't keep track.

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    1. Thanks for having me! Haha, students don't get paid, but he will soon!

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  4. happy MM! My husband will also be doing Gen Surg Residency come July... He also did military... AF... but we got a Civilian Deferred spot so we are headed to the East Coast. Good Luck to you all!

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    1. That's exciting! So we'll be having similar residency experiences! Good luck!

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  5. Stopping by for MM :)

    Wow, from East Coast to West! That's so exciting! It's great that you will know people already! ;D That is one benefit to us staying in same place - I've got people I know nearby, although that's not case for SO - he just knows me, lol.

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    1. I'm glad we'll already know people. That's the big difference between moving to medical school and moving to residency. Makes me a little more comfortable about being so far away from home.

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  6. Stopping by from Medical Mondays! Thanks for sharing your med school journey :)

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  7. Hi from Medical Mondays! Exciting move from coast to coast - what an adventure! Looking forward to following the journey :)

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    1. Thanks! I'll definitely be blogging about it!

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  8. Visiting from MM too! You guys have already had quite the adventure and this move will just add to it! So exciting ;)

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  9. Saying Hello from MM! WOW! I moved to the west coast from the east coast and love it!

    Enjoy your journey!

    Ray Doc Wife
    http://raydocwife.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks! I'm sure we'll love it too! :)

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  10. What a great hostess you are! Congrats on almost being done with med school! WOOT WOOT!

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  11. Stopping by from MM! We moved from the midwest to the east coast for residency and are hoping to hit the NW coast for practice. Enjoy Washington! It's gorgeous!

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    1. Thanks! Good luck with your next move!

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