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.
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.
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.