Update- II

Somehow, I have ended up with a lot of very difficult patients.

It has been a lesson in the ways of life. If I take on tough patients and they do well, more tough patients will be referred to me.

I like my patients. Working with them gives me experience and makes me feel good about being a doctor. That doesn't make it any easier, though. Some don't show up for appointments. Some call. Over and over. Some flip-flop between idealizing me and hating me. Some go off their meds and end up in trouble. Sometimes, their chaos seeps into my life.

Auto-diagnosis: Burn-out.

Rx: Take a weekend off.

So, we went to the Greenbrier for the conference. The grand old resort has suffered due to the recession. While everything looked as beautiful as ever, the dining room was only half full, the dress code much more relaxed.

Thanks to the fashion advice on Vox, I survived the dress-up game.

The food was great, and while I hung around the gourmet shop watching culinary demos, A won the first prize in the vascular surgery conference. Again. I am so proud of the man. 🙂

This week, I'll be cleaning house in anticipation of the family's visit, and A and I will be making some big decisions about our lives. Wish me luck.

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Psychiatrist, cook, bookworm, photographer. Not necessarily in that order.
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22 Responses to Update- II

  1. So much is going in your life, all at once! Well, I guess that's how it is sometimes…((hugs)) about those patients. They're surely better for having you there.Good for you, to take a little rest, while you can. Hooray for A!!!!!!!!!!The Greenbrier room is so pretty!Culinary demos?? Good luck with the cleaning!And whatever your big decisions are, I know that you'll approach them with courage, a clear and wise mind, and a loving heart.

  2. M-----l says:

    I did a quick search to see if the Greenbrier is the same place with the bunker and the postcards. While looking around, I found out it went bankrupt earlier in the year. The new owner wants to turn it into a casino. Who knows what it'll look like the next time you visit.(Next time you should just crop your head off. That manipulated face is freaking me out a bit.)

  3. Purplesque says:

    Yes..I'm glad we got to visit it before it turns into a mockery of itself.What manipulated face?

  4. M-----l says:

    What manipulated face?Oops. Sorry.

  5. Purplesque says:

    Culinary demos..they have a chef do 30 minute culinary demonstrations twice a day. You get to see them use all sorts of cool gadgets (which they sell in their shop, of course), plus some nice cooking techniques. They were fun!Thank you.

  6. Scott says:

    NOOO! Not another farking casino! ARRGH!
    Re: the manipulated face, get some Windex and wipe that jelly thumbprint off your screen.

  7. Emjay says:

    The dress worked out really well – you look gorgeous – except for the smudgey face of course 🙂 Congratulations to A. …. hope he makes decisions you are happy with!It's a shame to turn something so beautiful into a casino. Casinos always seem sleazy to me.

  8. Purplesque says:

    Instead of very rich, very old people dancing to live music (which was sort of cute), we get to watch not-so-rich, not-so-old people make a fool of themselves at the casino. Joy.Jelly thumbprint? Husband has a mini-stroke every time I pick up the camera with dirty hands. (He is completely demented by now.)

  9. Purplesque says:

    Sleazy is a word tailor made for casinos.Thank you about the dress- I'm going to recycle it for graduation, except with red heels. The face has just sort of faded away- I suspect I've become a better psychiatrist. 😀

  10. Aubrey says:

    Well, my faceless neighbor, you certainly do have alot to be excited about!
    And I'm putting all of your heavy responsibilities in that Cornucopia of Good as well. Working at your talent – no matter how hard, how frustrating, how quickly your confidence has vacated – makes you strong and focused. You will rise to your challenges, and I believe you have many victories in your future.
    Now, that erased face just wants me to take a pen and draw in some features of my own!

  11. Brown Suga' says:

    Glad you had a break, and 'grats to the Husband for the prize. And good luck with the upcoming decisions!

  12. jaklumen says:

    Some don't show up for appointments. Some call. Over and over. Some
    flip-flop between idealizing me and hating me. Some go off their meds
    and end up in trouble.Been there, done that, on most of the accounts but not all. Again, as a patient, well, yeah, I'm sorry to hear all of that because this end isn't fun either, as we have discussed a number of times before. It's really too bad the system doesn't work better, although it's better than my parent's and my grandparent's prime years. I really hope the system gets massively overhauled again in the next few decades, and for the better.That trouble, as you know, is sometimes jail. Glad I've never reached that point.

  13. Waterbaby says:

    Such luxury is right! I'm so curious what a room like that runs a night. Was there a bath with jets? A bath with room for 2?

  14. Purplesque says:

    Do! Do! Then we can compare notes. :)Thank you so much for what you said. I seem to need a lot of encouragement and reassurance these days.

  15. Purplesque says:

    Thank you, Su. Its all about deciding where to go from here and what fellowships and jobs to choose and if we get to stay together or have to separate for a few years because of the career plans (I hate that part).

  16. Purplesque says:

    I'm glad you never did, either.I hope it did not sound like I was whining. Well, maybe I was, but I wasn't blaming my patients. Just the occasional downside of my job. 🙂

  17. Purplesque says:

    I dare not look..we could never afford to stay on our own, but the American College of Surgeons pays for a night's stay for the presenters. The bathroom was huge but old fashioned. No jets, but beautiful bathrobes, and rows upon rows of towels. June Jacobs soaps and lotions. And no matter if you are checking out the next day, they come in the morning, make up your bed, fix the bathroom and replenish all the goodies.

  18. Your patients sound a lot like my students. Whom I also like, but can easily take over my head if I don't set up some very tight boundaries. (And come to think of it, some of them do suffer from behavioral and emotional disabilities.)I hope you've come out of the Greenbrier feeling refreshed and renewed. Sounds like you have a busy summer ahead of you.

  19. jaklumen says:

    No, not whining– I mean, I'm saying that you're right. It so comes with the territory.

  20. Good luck and God bless! Hope everything goes well.

  21. Purplesque says:

    So true. I have to say, though, that I admire teachers/counselors much more than I do psychiatrists. Greenbrier was excellent, but I came down with the flu as soon as we got back! 😦 I'll be up and running soon.

  22. bee says:

    have a blast with your family and good luck with all your decisions and choices.

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