I've made an amazing discovery. Weekends.
For five years, I never had them unless I was on leave. Ward rounds, followed by changes, pre-meds, morning OT cover, on calls, pre-calls, post-calls, I could count the number of times I had a full Saturday and Sunday off since I graduated. And don't get me started about public holidays.
I sound bitter, don't I? Well I'm not. We all know it comes with the territory. None of us gets into this line thinking it's a 9-5 job. But at 7pm on a Friday night when the surgeon is still buried somewhere unrecognizable, and you're on call the next day, I'm afraid that insight goes right out of the window.
In my new job, I get weekends. (Am still waiting for the bomb to drop that this is just the honeymoon period). Two weeks ago, when Monday was Vesak day, TS and I even went up to KL, had a lovely few days with the McPs, and didn't have to take any leave! Does the rest of the world really take these things for granted? It just blew my mind!
So now, I'm getting used to having so much time to myself! (ourselves). Lazing in bed on a Saturday morning, doing a whole day of nothing and discovering that I can repeat that feat again the next day, these are just amazing experiences for me.
This weekend, TS and I went to Sungei Buloh with some friends. We go every 6 months or so, and since it's the school holidays we decided to take our 10 year old nephew along. Black skies and thunder tempted me to pull the covers up and stay in bed (7.30am rise and shine should be reserved for weekdays) but TS said we had to go anyway. The weather turned out to be just right, not too hot, and no rain. Unfortunately it was high-tide, so we didn't see as much as we have on previous visits. I think the kids had a good time, and even though it wasn't much exercise it beats sitting on the couch...
We're planning a trip to Chek Jawa on the 28th (Saturday) so sign up soon!
(P.s. it seems the bosses work weekends. Must I really give this up one day??)