January 12, 2009

Another introduction...

My name is Ashley and I'm from a small town in Kansas. My husband Jarod is in his first year at KU Med (University of Kansas) in Kansas City. We are high school sweethearts and married for 1 1/2 years. We also have a minuature dachshund named Harley and a little one coming our way at the end of summer! By the grace of God Jarod was accepted to medical school only 2 hours from our hometown so the extra visits and support from our families are wonderful! I am an ultrasound tech and have been for the last few years and fortunately understand the medical aspect of all this and time consumption...although it doesn't make it that much easier! I have to admit so far this first year hasn't been as bad as I thought it would be. I thought I would never ever see my husband but luckily he spends most of his time studying at home. So even though we don't get to spend the time that we are used to together, I know that he is here and working hard to secure our future! So I guess that gives an introduction to our life....only 3 1/2 years until the next big step, residency!!! :)

3 comments:

Brittany said...

I am the sister of one of the contributors (Bethany) and in my second year of med school, and I will just encourage you to keep being an encouragement to your husband, because medical school can be challenging in so many ways. Sometimes you are just bogged down by all that must be studied. At other times, the burden of all the disease and affliction there is in the world can make you feel hopeless, and yet you feel so far from being able to do anything to help.

It's not just another 3 1/2 years to the next big step. Even as a second year, I felt a transition -- now I know a little better how to do this med school thing, but even more is expected of me this year. Plus second year brings the boards, which is on the mind of a med2 all year, whether they will admit it or not. I am kind of nervous about the changes third year brings - it will be like starting all over again. And fourth year is filled with decisions, interviews, and another step of the boards...

I don't know what made me feel compelled to write all this to you... maybe it's for you, Ashley, or for someone else who will read it. Please keep encouraging our future physicians... sure, I say that kind of selfishly :), but also because it is a weighty and unique responsibility we are given as "healers" ... not to mention all the political stuff.

All the best to you,
Brittany

Bethany said...

You go Brittany! =) And thank you for the reminder to be encouraging our med-school spouses. I know Jason does a great job encouraging you, but you let me know if he gets a little lax. Also, do you think Jason would like to contribute to this blog? I think he might be the first male spouse and it would be great to hear from his perspective.

The Carters said...

I been following this blog for a while, and I would love to share my thoughts. My husband is in his 2nd year here in Dallas at UT Southwestern. My email address is carternation@gmail.com
Thanks!