Monday, June 6, 2016

Two down, Three to go.

This past weekend we gathered alongside our Ortho department family to celebrate the graduating chief residents. In just a few weeks they'll be moving away and heading to new hospitals on new Army posts. We toasted the end of their five year sentence, recognizing all their endless hard work  that brought them to this place, and the awards and achievements earned along the way. And in turn, they pass on words of wisdom and some gag gifts to the younger residents whom they're leaving behind.
 
Of course this banquet also means that T.J. is (almost) done with his second year of residency - only 4 more call nights left - which deserves all the praise hand emojis! After the banquet we headed to a local bar in our town to prolong the celebration and sing a little karaoke. Here's a riddle for you. What do you get when you take a couple who's normal bed time is 9pm, and the last time they went out was 6 months ago?  Answer, a headache in the morning and a puppy whining at the bottom of the stairs because he's already been up for 5 hours and you're still in bed. It may have been the latest we've been up since before we got married but you can't waste these rare nights, when everyone is free, and no one is dressed in scrubs.
This has been a long year, full of even longer nights alone and one worn out husband, and yet I still can't believe the "dreaded" second year is over. I am so incredibly proud of how hard he works, and how positive he stays through all the endless shifts and emergency room pages in the middle of the night. It would be easy to only look at the negative side of residency, the toll it takes on him physically and mentally, the time spent apart, but that's just not how he rolls. He still walks in the door at the end of the day smiling, with an armful of books and dirty Tupperware from a week's worth of lunch,  and gives me a big kiss and a "hey baby!" and I completely forget that I had to kill the spider in the bathroom because he wasn't home. I feel like we're pros at this now. The next three years of residency are going to breeze by... right??

12 comments :

  1. I would fill this space up with praise hand emojis if I could!! :)

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  2. You two are just the cutest couple ever. Congrats to your honey and to you too. It takes teamwork and he's lucky to have you by his side. xo

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  3. Congratulations on being this far with it! It will all be worth it in the end. :)

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  4. It was SO nice to meet you today, Shannon!!!!

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  5. Heading over from your mom's blog--Happy Birthday--wishes for many more. (and what a lovely blog!) Blessings

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  6. Good job making it through year two! Your husband sounds like such a strong guy, and you are undoubtably a strong woman! It's not easy when your SO is working insane hours and you have to somehow pick up the slack AND stay positive for them. I'm glad you guys went out and enjoyed the bit of time to let loose that you did have. Super smart :)

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  7. Just stopping by to say Happy Birthday - your Mum is the culprit for announcing it on her Hodgepodge questions post today. Hope you have a great day.

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  8. Your evening out sounds like fun, even if you had a bit of a rough time the next morning :)
    My husband had a 43 year career in radiology, and was on call A LOT in the early years, so I can sympathize a little with what you and hubby are going through. Hang in there, the end result will be so worth the inconvenience now!
    A little birdie (named Joyce) mentioned that today is your birthday. Happy birthday! I hope you have a wonderful day.
    Kathy (Reflections by Kathy)

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  9. Hopping over to wish you a happy birthday, Shannon!! I so enjoy your blogs!! Congrats on completing those first two years, too! Hugs from Florida!

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  10. Yay, to being almost there! :)
    Happy Birthday to you!! I'm in Seattle this week, so I know the weather is spectacular for your day!!

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  11. Hi,
    Happy Birthday!
    Someone shared that it is your birthday. ;-)
    You look so happy and I just love how you wrote about your sweetheart walking in the door and saying "Hey Baby"

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