The Perils and Pleasures of a life in Medicine has probably given you a good idea as to my current feelings concerning being a doctor. This blog post is the aftermath of those thoughts and feelings .
Our second precious little boy -Hosea William– was born on 27 September 2018. Soon after his birth I realized I would not be able to return back to work (and studies). I felt the exact same way with Judah but financially staying at home was not a possibility. There was also the added stress of having started a Master’s program and feeling pressure not to quit half way (pressure mostly put on me by myself).
This left me feeling trapped and on an emotional roller coaster every other day. I honestly think that if I worked a 8-5pm job I would’ve been able to pull through. But my work contract and speciality training requirements were the full overtime package (240 hours p/ month) excluding after hour University projects and studies. All or nothing. Dwain really felt my pain and was often left alone to struggle it out by himself (with a baby who refused to drink a bottle and insisted only on his mama’s breast).
Soon after my maternity leave with Judah we set out on a mission (which we are still pursuing) to financial freedom. This journey started with being introduced to Dave Ramsey and his baby steps https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=OC_6WqXA1ps. We had to stay jet focused, as a gazelle fleeing from the hunters hand (Prov 6:3-5) especially in our approach to debt. It is not without sacrifice (especially from my beloved Dwain), that I am now able to spend this precious time with the family. I’m not too sure for how long this season will last but for now I am so happy for it. As Ecclesiastes 3 puts it: To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.
I savor every moment of being with my little one’s. I thank The Lord for His grace and for allowing us to stay focused and frugal in reaching one of our goals. We now live with “less” yet have so much more.