Archive for March, 2014

On Work

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

(Dr. Krapfl):

“I notice you’ve been missing a lot of work lately.”


“I wouldn’t say I’ve been missing it, Bob.”

Office Space

Last week I went in last minute on my day off to work for a day.

I have never had to do that in all my many years at Gentle Doctor (I can say all my many years since I have been there 2 years!) It was the first time I had ever been asked to do that, and it was a very fun day of almost all wellness exams and calls to families of healthy patients. Not to mention a day with my favorite people.

It was also Abby’s day off and we had planned to read together. Or just hang out. We had not actually made formal plans. But we were going to be in the same place at the same time, and it was going to be awesome.

So we did that the next day, and it was awesome.

Dr. Bashara asked what I wanted in trade for coming in on my day off and I said a pancake. He made me TWO pancakes. They were great. He also added an extra day off onto my schedule and is sending me with Angie to a SOCIAL MEDIA CONFERENCE WITH BRENDA TASSAVA!!! I am so happy.

This week I was accidently scheduled a day OFF that was supposed to be a day ON.

AND the hospital was accidentally scheduled short one doctor for this coming Saturday.

Dr. Krapfl and Dr. Bashara asked if I wanted to work today – a day I really am supposed to be there. I said no. They totally let me skip out.

They asked if I wanted to work Saturday. I said no. They let me skip out on that too.


I LOVE my job. I LOVE my coworkers.

I NEED downtime.

I have been looking forward to this 3 day work week ever since I saw it on the schedule. Did it occur to me that I should not have a three day work week and I should look into that? NO. I have a very narrow range of expertise and it does not include common sense.

Did I make huge unbreakable plans that would preclude being flexible and working more this week?  NO.

Do you know what I wanted to do more than anything? Do you know what I miss more than anything about being a (mostly) stay at home Mom?

I wanted to – and I miss dearly – say goodbye to Amanda and Abby as they left for school in the morning.

I got to do that today.

And when they get home, I will be there and get to ask how their day was.

I have been craving that – and been looking forward to it – since I saw my three day work week (that I should have recognized as odd but did not) on the schedule.

I offered to come in today and Saturday. Dr. Bashara could see in my eyes that I really wanted to be home, and he kept the schedule as is. THANK YOU DOCTOR.

I am spending some of the day today with coworkers doing work things – Russ and I are taking Max the Cat for his first acupuncture session with Dr. Stephanie Jones. He has arthritis – Stephanie and I thought acupuncture would probably help. I am excited for this appointment!

Already I have said good bye to my daughters as they left for school. I have checked my indoor garden I planted 3 days ago. I have folded a bit of laundry. I feel reset. I feel rested. I am ready to get back to work. First, I will take Max to his appointment like a regular client and fold some more laundry and say hi to the girls when they return from school and eat dinner with our extended family. THEN I will get back to work.

I am blessed indeed.

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