Ok, not so much an ode, more of a spiel. Usually I blog about the issues and hurdles of my dual entrepreneurial and literary endeavors. Today I am breaking from this convention to write about my partner’s profession: OB/GYN. I mentioned both him and his profession a week or so ago in my placenta post, but a picture is worth a thousand blogs. I’m not sure what I more want to say about Nick‘s profession except that man, he has a a hard job. My 10 reasons for not being an OB/GYN are:
- Twelve years of schooling/training
(4 years of college + 4 years of medical school + 4 years of residency)
- Hellish call schedule & unaffordable malpractice insurance
(whatever one’s beliefs, it’s never easy)
- Uterine, ovarian, & cervical cancers
(add these to breast cancer, and women definitely get the much shorter end of the gender cancer stick)
- Tubals/ectopics, moles, & pre-eclampsia
- Unexplained vaginal itching/bleeding/discharge
(get used to it)
- Prolapsing uteri & incontinence
- Weekend inseminations & post-menopausal jellies
- The rare unexpected stillbirth
- The terrible aftermath of sexual abuse
Why then chose OB/GYN as a profession? According to Dr. Nick,
- The balance of surgery, clinic, & continuity
- The patients
(in general, women don’t fight their bodies/illnesses like men and therefore are often far easier and more appreciative patients).
- Women’s health advocacy
(shocking how much this is still needed in this day and age)
- Birth—there’s nothing like it
After finally seeing a live birth, I totally get it.
Finally, I can’t end a blog about OB/GYN without at least one recommendation—right? I mean, whenever Nick and are are mixed company, questions abound. Since I’m not the OB/GYN myself (though I tell our friends that I feel like I could be. I’ve seen a C-Section; hand over the scalpel: skin, fat, fascia, uterine wall, baby), it’s probably not a good idea for me to give medical advice. But there is a piece of non-medical advice I think I can relay. When you’re getting all gussied up for your annual pap smear, pay particular attention to your feet. I know that sounds strange but just think about where, during the visit, your feet are in relation to your OB/GYN’s olfactory system.