Saturday, September 18, 2010

Starting Anew at 49

Feng Shui fountain at Taipei 101 entrance 7 on...Image via WikipediaSeptember 17, 2010 was the start of my new life. For the past 15 years, I have been working in Family Practice at the same Clinic, with the same people, and taking care of the same patients. It had become quite comfortable. Last year, my hours were cut due to the economy, though eventually one of our doctors left and I went back to full time hours. However, during the time I was on a reduced schedule, I put some feelers out for a new, or an additional, position.

Since January, I was back to being comfortable. Out of the blue I got a phone call offering me a position with an Urgent Care company. They offered me more money (substantially) for working less days (though still averaging the same total hours). I had several friends with the company who all said they loved what they were doing and encouraged me to make the change.

With some trepidation I submitted my resignation in May, giving my company ample time to find a replacement. The next four months were filled with bittersweet moments, especially my final week. I am so going to  miss many of the friends I have made over the years, but I know we will do our best to keep in touch. I needed to do something to reduce my stress (financial stress as well as the stress that comes with Primary Care, like losing patients and dealing with habitual drug seekers).

I began my new job yesterday with excitement and a bit of nervousness. It couldn't have gone better. The other doctor and the PA I worked with eased me into the routine, taught me how to use the EMR, and were delightful people to chat with and get to know. I can tell I will fit in here without reservation. Time to make new friends! The patients appreciated being taken care of promptly and were not demanding of all the extras the typical patient asks of their PCP. I am looking forward to this new chapter in my life!

My next step is moving. Next month, my son and I will be moving into a new apartment. I am sure that will be another adventure! I am taking the opportunity to pare down our belongings and am going to go for a more Zen approach to our lives. I'm even studying Feng Shui!

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