Do doctors make good husbands and fathers?
Once upon a time, male bachelor doctors just needed to advertise their availability. Maybe it’s not true anymore nowadays as perhaps the fairer sex are more picky or perhaps medicine is no longer as glamorous a profession as before. This might be the reason why some have been trying very hard but haven’t been very successful so far 😉
But what happens if you end up marrying a doctor? For the ladies, let me warn you a doc’s life is a dog’s life. You should expect your mate to be away from home for long hours at end. I know of some doctors who are so driven their children hardly recognise them. Doctors on the other hand need to be acutely aware of the need to spend quality time with their families, whatever little they have. I came across this poignant account:
Jimbo tells a very human tale on the foibles of life as a doctor. It’s a touching tale of the sacrifices doctors make during their tough training years, quite often at the expense of family ties.
It’s been a while since I last did that. Some how in the course of the years, this little ritual got lost. Now I see her only on weekends (when I am not on call); most times I am too tired to put her to bed. And when I could, it was hurried. Prayers were said (if said at all) in a few short sentences. The hugs are still there, the kiss too though now she is now less inclined to give me a kiss. The singing has long stopped. The stars are fewer now (we moved her to another room and we didn’t stick so many start on the ceiling).
I miss those days. I think I have paid a very heavy price with this Masters program.
Some of course have been so busy with their practice that they have had to make the ultimate sacrifice – stop blogging! Farewell Dr. Sidney Smith (a lady doctor btw) aka Medpundit!
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