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Tuesday, 3 September 2013

Medical Mondays: "You mean he works weekends?"

Yesterday was our monthly Medical Monday link-up, and I'm very late, but joining in to the fun a day late.  This month's link up is hosted by by Jane at From a  Doctor's Wife, Emma at Your Doctor's Wife, and Heather at Pretty Strong Medicine.

Today's post is inspired by one of the phrases I hear frequently.  For example, on Friday a colleague asked me about our weekend plans.  I said it would be a quiet weekend because Gil was on-call and he looked at me incredulously:  "Wait?  He has to work weekends?"  It surprises me how many people ask this, as though it is a huge shock and imposition.  I mean, people have heart attacks on weekends and holidays too.  Hospitals never close, so why would doctors work 9-5?

The funny part is that the guy who asked me often works weekends.  Maybe when we have demanding hours, we automatically assume everyone else has it better, even the cardiologists among us?  Who knows.  It's easy to forget how many people work odd hours:  Nurses, police, firefighters, military, customer service, etc.  On top of that, lots of people work from home on their own schedules, and then there are stay-at-home parents who work all the time.  So why does it seem so shocking for a person to have to work over Labour Day?

At any rate, nearly two years in to this Mrs. Doctor gig, I'm pretty used to on-call weekends.  Thankfully I'm an introvert who has lived alone in the past, so I am used to amusing myself.  It's a bit disappointing when the on-call schedule falls over a long weekend, but I can deal with it.  These past few days, I went to the gym, did a lot of reading and treated myself to a marathon viewing of the BBC's Sherlock.  I still feel sad not to have had the chance to enjoy my day off together with my husband, but that's the way it goes with this life.

So friends, how was your long weekend?  Did you do anything fun and exciting?


  1. Hi! I'm visiting from Medical Mondays :) It's always surprising to me that people are floored that the hubby works weekends. Mine had on-call on this long weekend too, such a bummer.

    1. Thanks for stopping by! Long weekends by oneself feel so LONG, don't they?

  2. I am late to the party in a way too! I have been debating whether to add Sherlock to my list of must watch shows. For Labor day I took me, myself, and I to the movies. Some things you just get used to. Thanks for linking up with Medical Mondays!

    1. Sherlock is awesome! I am new to the show, but love it. I go to movies alone sometimes as well. I got in the habit when I moved to a new city and didn't know anyone.

      Thanks for hosting the link-up and for stopping by!

  3. I was alone while Doc H was out of town. He made it home on Sunday DURING our daughter's 16th birthday. Lucky us. So, I too, was alone... but in full party prep mode! :)
    Thanks for linking up! Sorry it took me so long to stop by!