So, my assumption prior to becoming pregnant was always that I would go straight back into ER medicine at my job. My maternity leave is 2 months. Now that my husband has reported that he thinks he can defend this summer, the possibility that he may be employed come fall raises some interesting possibilities.
With everything that has been going on lately and my general state of mind, I am tempted to not go back right away after the baby is born. Of course, this all hinges on my husband finding a job come fall, which is not a guarantee. If he does however, I could take my time, maybe give up ER medicine for a while, stay home, then work part-time at a GP practice (or full time). There are options, right?
These thoughts perk me up and make me feel much better about the current situation. All is not hopeless. I have a DVM, I can do so much. I won't lie, the thought of having my weekends free (like a normal person) is very appealing to me. So is the thought of having a "regular" job.
I don't know, but my previously firmly entrenched priorities are shifting around underneath me like quicksand. I never saw myself as a stay-at-home or even predominantly stay-at-home mother. My job has always been rewarding and challenging. Now I am faced with the prospect of a new job and a new challenge, and everything is changing in focus.
These are interesting times indeed.
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