Good Morning, friends!
and Happy, Happy {belated} Thanksgiving...and almost Merry Christmas!

Aah, nothing better than this time of year!
If you are stopping by from Medical Mondays, hello and welcome!

As the holidays are quickly approaching, I thought it'd be fun to talk about the medical profession + the holidays. What are some of your experiences?
Sometimes this can be more of a downer, since it can relate to holidays = spouse working = alone on Christmas. That sounds like every Hallmark movie ever made, except most of the time "I'll be home for Christmas," isn't playing in the background when your spouse comes home dragging their feet in from a 30 hour shift. Maybe I'll just sing it this year for the full effect.

For those of you currently enduring residency, have you ever noticed that whatever you are going through in life, residency has a way of bringing you back around? It's no doubt a tool that God has really used to humble us, and just keep bringing us back to Him. The same principal has proved true when it comes to the holiday schedule and recognizing a reality that I sometimes try to squeeze out of my line of vision. I'll explain...

When we moved for Kyle's residency, everyone told me to get ready to celebrate all of the holidays alone. How depressing, I thought. I'm a holiday girl to the core, I love everything about them, so thinking of not being able to spend it with my family was daunting, and frankly, just sad. What do you mean I can't kiss my hubby when the ball drops at 12 am?!!
We chatted about how we could make it work; maybe celebrate a few days later, get up really early, have turkey at the hospital or drive up to my parents to just be with family Christmas morning. Each holiday is so special to me, and I felt like I was giving up so much at just the thought of not being able to spend it with my spouse.

Then, I stepped back and thought about why doctors have to work on holidays in the first place. (That line of sight that is so easy to block out in the midst of residency...) There are people who are so sick, spending the holidays lying in a hospital bed, wondering if they will ever walk or speak again. There are young babies fighting for their lives and parents praying for one more holiday to spend with them. There are cancer patients receiving treatment on Christmas morning, fighting day by day.

If that isn't humbling, I'm not sure what is.

In light of the circumstances that many have to endure, missing a holiday or forming a few tradition of turkey in the cafeteria isn't so bad. In fact, it's quiet a blessing.

P.S. If you happen to find yourself in the hospital this season due to a cutting of a Christmas tree disaster, or burning of the ham, give your doctor and nurse an extra hug and a thank you. I think they deserve it.

P.S.S. There are plenty of people in the hospital who won't have loved ones around at Christmas time, if you aren't doing anything, maybe you could go make a new friend.


  1. Hey! I've spent plenty of Xmas Eves and Xmas days alone in the past - it can be tough, but serving people in need is quite important. So, I keep it all in perspective. This year, The Ray Doc gets the week off so I feel especially fortunate. Enjoy your season!

    Ray Doc Wife

    1. Enjoy the week off with your hubby! Are you doing anything special? (besides just being able to spend it together!) Mine also has the week off (they are required to take Christmas or New Years as one of their weeks off). I'm VERY thankful!!

      Hope you have a very Merry Christmas!


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