It is exhilarating It is exhausting It is empowering It is terrifying It is hilarious It is frustrating It gets you off of the bench It puts you on the sidelines It is being a friend It is being a foe it is a loud shout It is a soft whisper It is the pivotal moment filled with everything It is the mundane nothingness of daily routine It is uncertainty it is absolution It is trusting your gut It is seeking good counsel It is messing it all up It is getting it just right It is slowing down It is speeding up It is long days It is short years It is holding on tight It is trying to let go. . . but never all the way go It is yin. It is yang It is motherhood. ~ KM, 5/10/15
It's a blessing to be one and also to see one. I'm thankful for all of the new mercies that come with both, not just on Mother's day, but every single morning. Happy Mother's Day to all, including those without their own children but whose mother-wit and mothering instincts add to our villages of children day after day, year after year.
Honestly? I write this blog to share the human aspects of medicine + teaching + work/life balance with others and myself -- and to honor the public hospital and her patients--but never at the expense of patient privacy or dignity.
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"One writes out of one thing only--one's own experience. Everything depends of how relentlessly one forces from this experience the last drop, sweet or bitter, it can possibly give."
~ James Baldwin (1924 - 1987)
"Do it for the story." ~ Antoinette Nguyen, MD, MPH
Details, names, time frames, etc. are always changed to protect anonymity. This may or may not be an amalgamation of true,quasi-true, or completely fictional events. But the lessons? They are always real and never, ever fictional. Got that?