Disclaimer: This is a long one…sorry.
I really want to write this article. My intention is to share the crazy journey PA school has imposed in our life. I don’t write it as a warning (because you can’t prepare anyone for this journey even if you try…they won’t listen). And I don’t write it as a complaint (it has been hard but there is nothing I want more for Phil than for him to follow his dream and have a career he loves). I guess what I want is to share what I have learned and continue to learn among the struggle of PA school extravaganza. And ultimately proclaim that circumstances in life can really suck but God is good and is allowing growth in our lives during this journey - even if the growth is hard to see at the time.
Here are specifics on why I named this article what it is:
- First semester, my husband was required to be in class 8-5 M-F and then had to study and do lab work… no time to hardly sleep = no relationships = grumpy husband and wife.
- 56 classmates – only 8-9 are male… my husband talks on the phone to women and hangs out with women constantly… I trust him completely it can get totally annoying = grumpy wife.
- PA school administration has been very unorganized = constantly flexing schedule = super grumpy wife
- (WARNING maybe be TMI…just skip if you don’t want to read)… PA school scheduled my husband to do a female pelvic exam on Valentine’s day = VERY grumpy wife… I know it’s part of medicine but it still ticked me off.
- Rotation in the ER – requirements: work 17 shifts in 21 day…oh but wait one of those days you can’t work ‘cause we scheduled a mandatory class meeting and another day doesn’t really count cause you have to take an exam. Now pick your schedule… oh but wait… you have a grading doctor you are required to work with for 5 of your 17 shifts… oh but wait… you’re not allowed to work with the same doctor more than 3 times in a row… so figure it out and oh by the way the doctors will switch shifts at random just cause they can… so figure it out… and tell your wife to deal = No she can’t plan anything cause you have NO CLUE what your schedule is EVER. Okay… must laugh now… it’s only 3 weeks right?!?
Okay that’s probably enough ranting, those are just a few examples, hope you find these things as ridiculous and funny as I do. Sometimes life is just weird and you have to deal. It’s a struggle I have but nothing like being thrown in the deep in to learn how to swim.
Now on to the official article…
Since today is exactly 1 year away from graduation for Phil I thought a perfect time to reminisce the past two years.
The first lesson and probably the hardest lesson I’ve learned is you can’t buck up enough to get the attention you want. There is no amount of complaining or crying or being angry that will get you the right attention you desire. You have to pray and wait on the Lord to provide – not your husband to change. I am so thankful I married a man who desires to please the Lord. Who searches and strives to obey.
The first semester of PA school was by far the worst time of PA school and definitely the hardest on our marriage. First off all, I don’t like change and let’s face it; PA school was a GIGANTIC change. Phil was in school or at school studying about 18 hours a day. He drove to and from about 2 hours, slept 4 and did it all over again just about 7 days a week. He was exhausted and frustrated. And I…well I was sort of coasting unhappily (to put it lightly).
|White Coat Ceremony Celebration Dinner|
|Police Training Gun Range|
|I did the whole course!|
After the first year of horror was over Phil had a much needed month break. In this time he did a lot of reflecting and prioritizing which is when the change in his perspective really began. He realized that having his number one priority studying was hurting his relationship with God, with me, and with friends/classmates. So when the next semester began he already had plans to make a concerted effort to be home in the evenings at the same time every night so we could eat dinner together and talk. He slept more which I whole heartily believe helped him retain his studying and his semester was much more fruitful in both of our lives.
Year two has sort of flown by really. We got into a routine and set to keep it. We joined a church and got involved in a small group which I think has blessed us more than we know. I finally realized the goodness of the Lord leading us to buy a house in Lewisville. After two years of cursing the drive and wondering why we had made such a dumb purchase I realized that had we not. If we would have moved to Fort Worth we would have probably (inevitably) lost contact with our good friends in Dallas, not had a church that we love, and not joined in fellowship with other believers.
|We still managed to have some fun!|
As James 1 says, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.”
Well that's it. If you made it through thanks for reading!