Better late than never. Here is my post from topic week on how medicine has changed me...
I've been trying to think of what to write about for this topic week. How has medicine changed me? I found myself at a loss. I have been on this journey for SO LONG. Medicine has grown with me more than changed me. Then I thought to the one singular occurrence in my life that has changed me the most ... hands down motherhood has palpably and incomprehensibly changed me more than I could have ever imagined. As a result, after reflecting on how medicine has changed me I really felt compelled to write about how motherhood has changed my medicine.
Here are my thoughts:
- Motherhood has given me an honest compassion that is different than the compassion I had before. I find it hard to explain, but it is simpler and more organic.
- Motherhood has given me a more zen-like patience with which to approach the craziness and chaos of medicine and residency.
- NICU nurses like moms more than surgery residents ;) I used this to my advantage and as a result, loved taking care of my NICU babies.
- My priorities have shifted. My goals are similar, but now they must fit into a different version of me.
- I can't do it all and I know it. However I will still try.
- I prioritize my time at home and at work with crazy efficiency. I definitely think the constant balancing act has helped me in being a chief.
- I love sharing my life with my daughter, therefore while at work I am even more motivated to make it count for something, to "help people" as she tells me, to heal, to learn, to affect change. She has inspired my medicine in ways that make every struggle of motherhood well worth the gain in every aspect of who I am.
Happy New Year. Here's to motherhood and medicine.