I am a veterinarian. I am also a wife, a sister, a daughter, a mother!!!!, and so many other things, but ultimately, and often foremost, I am a veterinarian. For this career and passion, I have sacrificed everything from sleep to proper meals to precious time with my Airman husband and family. Years of time. Missing saying goodbye before deployments and hellos when he returns. Leaving him alone in the high plains of NM, at one of the most difficult bases to be stationed at. Not being there for dinners and holidays. The theory that doctors get ample financial reimbursement is ludicrous. For all of the reasons above and more,
Well. I took a stand.
I let my current place of employment know that I can’t continue working the schedule I have. If I do, I will have to leave. I stressed that I understand that we work at a 24 hour facility and that, as thus, there are certain allowances doctors must make. So if it wasn’t possible to have a different schedule, I understand.
They actually offered a better schedule! I will be working 1 weekend day one week, and have a 4-5 day weekend the next week. I almost crapped my pink scrub pants.
So we are trying a new schedule. And I’ll see how it works. I’m wicked excited because I’ll have so much more time with S. All for working a couple longer days.
I feel so blessed.