The last time I posted here was October 1! Do you want to…
read my list of excuses
read about my (mostly) awesome past month
see a list of what I will be writing about next?
…waiting for telepathic answers from all my friends and readers…
OK! Here it is!
My brother Bill and his wife Cara had their second baby boy, Henry Cormac, in September. All of my down time has been spent waiting to meet him and trying to set up family time with Bill. (No to Thanksgiving – I work the day before and the day after – boo, but yes to Christmas because they are coming here – yay!) Henry is SO cute!! They live in Ohio, and I am counting the days till I get to hold him. I mean counting THOSE days instead of days till Christmas, which is kind of a big deal for me.
What threw me off track in my weekly Tuesday book reviews is a ginormous book about Abraham Lincoln - A Team of Rivals. In fact, at one dramatic and almost horrific juncture in my reading project, I put the book on the “back to the library” pile because I could not read it quickly enough to have a review to post one week after The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, and I wanted to post one review every week of every book I loved from the Veterinary Economics list in order they were listed in the article. Not being able to honor that weird, self-imposed, nonsensical structure honestly threw me off by an entire month in my writing. On the up side, I settled in for the month and read the book slowly, loving every minute of it. I am so glad I did not miss it! *phew* That was close!
I did write THIS.
Our dog Joy the Puppy had knee surgery. This has taken MOST of our energy this past month! Future blog post spoiler – she did great and is recovering well! Pictures to come because she is so freaking cute…
Without a minute to spare between dogs-I-love-having-major-life-events, our Pittie nephew Tidus developed a life-threatening illness. Another spoiler – he too is recovering well. I won’t tell you what he had because it will be a Gentle Doctor Facebook page case study (every week! Well, every week like my book reviews are every week…most weeks…), but some of you know Tidus’s story, and if you don’t yet, you will for sure figure it out when you see his history and exam findings. He is AS cute as Joy, so I promise to post all the pictures here!
I entered a partially philosophical, partially-crucial-to-the heart-of-my-entire-career discussion that has not yet been completed. I did not sleep well for ten days in a row and developed a perfect zombie appearance and personality just in time for Halloween. I have since slept well three nights in a row thanks to all of your suggestions (THANK YOU) and coming to the realization that we can disagree on this and this doctor is still a good guy at heart, so all will be ok. I KNEW that, but I didn’t know it well enough to, you know, sleep at night. How important are average transactions in your field? In mine, they are oft discussed and debated. I think this is the most misinterpreted, misleading and worthless of numbers. So yeah, we’ll talk more about it here if you would like. I will be interested to hear what the veterinary professionals and non-veterinary professionals have to say.
BOTH doctors I work with are having babies this month! OK that has not kept me from writing, but it is major news. I am so excited for the Kanne and the Thomassen families! I will miss working with Adrienne and Miranda this next few months though! I’ve gotten very used to and very spoiled by having a doctor friend to work with most of the time.
This is a very sad update, but I will literally breathe easier having made the decision – I am no longer seeing pets other than dogs or cats. I had to break up with my first bunny this past week. I will be sure to tell you that story too. I already miss the guinea pigs. OK, so this post is full of spoilers, might as well add one more…allergies. *sigh*
What got me back on track? Finishing the book on Lincoln mostly. But also, two very sweet comments from fellow veterinarians on Twitter - Dr. Eden Myers and Dr. Mark Hedberg, and one very sweet comment from a veterinarian here. Compliments from colleagues are second in creating week-long buzzy happy feelings only to compliments from family members. They (family AND colleagues) are in the middle of what you are in the middle of, and they KNOW. Thank you guys. I’ve been in a bit of a slump, and it is good to be back.
Next up, Tuesday, November 5, 2013 – A Team of Rivals – 5 stars!