Residency: A New Chapter!
So, I start my residency this Wednesday.
(Here’s hoping none of my coresidents have googled me and read this blog. If any of them have, I’m going to make them sit down and tell me a detailed history of their life and all their breakups, just so we can start with an even playing field.)
I’ve been off since graduation, but I haven’t seen any patients since April because I had finished up my requirements early. Let’s hope I still remember how to work with a handpiece and that I don’t straight-up drill through someone’s face the first time I pick one up again. If my boss is reading this please let me clarify that that is a joke. Although of course it is not a joking matter, not in the least bit, definitely not. I’m going to stop digging this hole now and move on.
I prepare for starting work like some people prepare for the apocalypse. I’ve been cleaning and organizing my apartment, cooking and freezing meals and snacks for Caroline, making sure I’m caught up with laundry, and stocking up on groceries. Since I became a single mom I tend to get pretty stressed out over big changes in my routine, so being prepared helps me cope. It also helps avoid those inevitable waiting-for-dinnertime toddler meltdowns of epic proportions.
It’s been really relaxing, being out of school. Some days I’ve stayed home with Caroline or taken trips with her, and other days I’ve been sending her to daycare to take a mommy break or run errands by myself. But I’ve also been going at such a nonstop frantic pace for the last, oh, eight years or so, that I’m totally itching to go back. Staying at home just isn’t for me– I get bored, and since I love what I do, I miss it! I know it’s going to be crazy, though, because I’ll be in class from 8-9 every day and then working in the clinic from 9-5… plus I’ll be on call at the hospital for a couple of days and nights per month. (My mom has promised to watch Caroline for me on those nights, for which I am eternally grateful since I wouldn’t have been able to do a residency otherwise. Also, I’m sure that taking call will provide me with plenty of colorful stories.)
Otherwise, Tyler will be 2,000 miles away until September, so hopefully all of our drama will die down during that time, and I can focus on taking care of Caroline by myself and starting this new job. I’m pretty excited about starting this new phase in my life!
(P.S. – I really wanted this post to be about the last-hoorah drama Tyler and I had on Father’s Day before he left, but… I did something that I’m pretty sure was illegal so I can’t exactly post it online. Yup, I’m a huge tease for adding this paragraph at all. I’m sorry.)
(P.P.S. – Kind of.)