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So, our spouses/partners are med school "students," in many different periods of that schooling ... but what do you do for a living? Are you a student? Do you teach 3rd graders? Share!

I am a Medicare follow-up billing specialist. I work for the same hospital that DH works for (and will attend for med school) and really like my job. I look at patient's accounts and see where the monies need to be transferred to (or from) and then edit/work those accounts to make sure that when the Medicare Billers get the accounts on their worklists (are you confused yet?) they are in perfect shape for billing.

I have a BA in German (and I use it maybe once a week ... when I need to swear at work and don't want anyone else knowing what I'm talking about :smuggrin: ) and plan to eventually go back to school to do some more education. I have a few ideas on what I eventually want to do, but am going to put DH through school first.

So, what do you do during the day?
 

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lizabee said:
So, what do you do during the day?

I'm doing the at-home wife/mommy gig.

Since we didn't have anyone that we either knew or trusted for daycare when we relocated, we decided that I would stay home with the kids. It was a HUGE adjustment, but I really enjoy it. Just took a bit of getting used to. Instead of dealing with stubborn department heads, relentless "snorefest" meetings, and ornery vendors, I now deal with a stubborn 3 year old, a Kindergartener who reads EVERYTHING to me, (no matter how mundane), and an ornery 10 year old who thinks she's 16.

It's kind of nice to have a little time to do things I enjoy, like reading. I've been able to read a LOT more since I've begun the at-home schtick. Helps keep me being the happy little camper.
 

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Do.the.DO said:
I'm doing the at-home wife/mommy gig.

Since we didn't have anyone that we either knew or trusted for daycare when we relocated, we decided that I would stay home with the kids. It was a HUGE adjustment, but I really enjoy it. Just took a bit of getting used to. Instead of dealing with stubborn department heads, relentless "snorefest" meetings, and ornery vendors, I now deal with a stubborn 3 year old, a Kindergartener who reads EVERYTHING to me, (no matter how mundane), and an ornery 10 year old who thinks she's 16.

It's kind of nice to have a little time to do things I enjoy, like reading. I've been able to read a LOT more since I've begun the at-home schtick. Helps keep me being the happy little camper.

You do more work than I do! :) Yeah, the at-home wife/mommy gig is, in my eyes, a great and a horrible job at the same time. I couldn't do it ... I would go insane, but I look up to the women who can. I get bored when I'm home sick from work for a whole day ... I am not my mother's daughter. At least you kindergartener wants to read! I was the annoying 5-year-old reading everything to everyone, too.
 

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I'm a financial analyst in the wireless telecom industry. Eventually I'd like to be just a wireless telecom analyst though... do strategic planning or maybe business development. I have a BA in Political Econ and an MBA.
 

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tlew12778 said:
I'm a financial analyst in the wireless telecom industry. Eventually I'd like to be just a wireless telecom analyst though... do strategic planning or maybe business development. I have a BA in Political Econ and an MBA.

Cool ... sounds like you KNOW what you eventually want to do. I'm struggling to make a decision ... I love so many subjects and can't really decide whether I want to follow one or try and combine things. :)
 

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Well not really. In fact, just today I was thinking how I regret not getting my degree in religion like I had originally planned. So I still toy with the idea of going back for it... but I don't know what I'd do with it. It's not like DH is exactly bank-rolling our lifestyle so I need a career and this is the career I fell into. I like it and it pays the bills so you know... I'm just going with the flow.

That and I don't need more loans :rolleyes:
 

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tlew12778 said:
Well not really. In fact, just today I was thinking how I regret not getting my degree in religion like I had originally planned. So I still toy with the idea of going back for it... but I don't know what I'd do with it. It's not like DH is exactly bank-rolling our lifestyle so I need a career and this is the career I fell into. I like it and it pays the bills so you know... I'm just going with the flow.

That and I don't need more loans :rolleyes:

Hahah, you sound like me. I started out as a pre-pharmacy major at my school and German was my minor. I figured out that I didn't like the pharmacy program (mostly the instructors) and so I picked up my minor as my major. I had no idea what I was going to do with German, but it was easy for me and so I just did it. Looking back I should have thought about it a little more in hopes of actually choosing something that I could USE! I love psychology so I'm thinking about going back to do something in that region, but I don't want anymore loans either. I feel your pain.

My job now just pays the bills and I work with some wonderful people so that makes it easier.
 

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My girlfriend is a college student majoring in creative writing (BA) and studio art (BFA) with plans to teach either writing or art, most likely the latter.
 

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So I am a full time student and mommy/wife to a bunch of great guys. I home school our oldest. It will be interresting to see what its like once DH actually starts Med school in the fall. Wondering if I will see him at all for the nnext 4 years. :confused:
 

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CatinaOU said:
So I am a full time student and mommy/wife to a bunch of great guys. I home school our oldest. It will be interresting to see what its like once DH actually starts Med school in the fall. Wondering if I will see him at all for the nnext 4 years. :confused:

Oh, sure...you'll see him. So long as you don't go to bed until about 1AM. :D Okay, I'm only teasing. I'm sure you'll see him. Just maybe not a lot during finals or midterms.

It might be a good idea to try to socialize with some of the other med student's wives or S/O's. (If you like any of them!) At my husband's school, there's a group of about 10-15 of us who try to socialize and get out of the house together every once in a while. It's kind of nice to have some other people who can relate to your own situation. We also have BBQ's at their school occasionally so the med.spouses can take a break from studying to hang with their families.

It's not always easy, but it could certainly be worse! Good luck!
 

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Do.the.DO said:
Oh, sure...you'll see him. So long as you don't go to bed until about 1AM. :D Okay, I'm only teasing. I'm sure you'll see him. Just maybe not a lot during finals or midterms.

It might be a good idea to try to socialize with some of the other med student's wives or S/O's. (If you like any of them!) At my husband's school, there's a group of about 10-15 of us who try to socialize and get out of the house together every once in a while. It's kind of nice to have some other people who can relate to your own situation. We also have BBQ's at their school occasionally so the med.spouses can take a break from studying to hang with their families.

It's not always easy, but it could certainly be worse! Good luck!

Thanks! I am sure I will need it :) I would love to get to know some people from this area. Just don't really know how to go about that just yet. Between kids and my classes and house responsibilities I don't have a lot of time to socialize either.
 

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I am a court program specialist. I manage adoption and dependency cases and the programs designed to help them. I attend college full time at night.
 

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I am getting my PhD in Clinical Psychology and working as a staff therapist at my school's counseling center. It's not just a day job.....ugh.
 

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Im a domestic engineer. :D

Im a stay at home mom to three young kids, two dogs and three cats.
 

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Well my fiance and I couldnt be more different he's on his way to medical school and I'm on my way to becoming an art teacher. Whats wonderful is that our lives are different enough to keep it interesting :laugh:
 

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Hi,

My son is off from 7.30 till 2.30 pm and I have enuff time on my hand to do this. I work as an internet researcher and find and collect data on the net for an online pharmacy. Usually this is drug info and its various uses and side effects. This is a cool job and I get quite a comfortable amount for this. Presently, I have to promote online tramadol as a drug for pain and how its useful too with instant benefits.
 

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My wife is a 2nd year Internal Medicine Resident and I am a Mechanical Engineer. We also have a 1-year old... It really stinks trying to manage 2 busy jobs with a baby and doing the daycare thing... and on top of everything we just moved to a new house. My wife works about 60-80 hours a week and I end up trying to do a lot of work at home after the baby goes to bed to make up for the fact that I can not stay late at work due to her hours. She just started the 2nd year, so we have 2 more years of Residency, then she wants to do a 3 year Hemotology Fellowship, and last night she told me she is thinking of doing a Chief Resident year so we can have another kid! I just want a normal life... HELP. By the time we get to where we want to be in life I will be lucky I am still alive from all the stress.
 

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Do.the.DO said:
I'm doing the at-home wife/mommy gig.

Since we didn't have anyone that we either knew or trusted for daycare when we relocated, we decided that I would stay home with the kids. It was a HUGE adjustment, but I really enjoy it. Just took a bit of getting used to. Instead of dealing with stubborn department heads, relentless "snorefest" meetings, and ornery vendors, I now deal with a stubborn 3 year old, a Kindergartener who reads EVERYTHING to me, (no matter how mundane), and an ornery 10 year old who thinks she's 16.

It's kind of nice to have a little time to do things I enjoy, like reading. I've been able to read a LOT more since I've begun the at-home schtick. Helps keep me being the happy little camper.




Ditto, i think you and i might be twins! I've been at home for hte last 10 years but now that our daughter just started 1st grade i'm thinking of picking up a part time job...very part time! We have a 10 year old and a 6 year old. Hubby is currently in a masters programs for public health and just took him mcat. fun fun.
 

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I get to sell pharmaceuticals to the wonderful practitioners in my territory. I was fortunate to meet my boyfriend at a dinner program I was having. He was rotating through with one of my physicians and came as his guest to my program. The next morning he called and asked me out...................and now I can't get rid of him........just kidding....he's the best thing that's ever happened to me!!! :love:
 

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During the week I work in human resource consulting, on the technology side. I build databases, work with business intelligence tools, help clients understand their data. After work my two dogs keep my pretty busy. Before work I'm at the gym bright and early.
 

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I just began working on the editorial side of a national consumer magazine. Thus far, balancing the hubby's school and my work schedule hasn't been hard - but I know it will only get worse.
I'm still young, but already starting to worry about how we'll balance having a child while the hubby's still in residency.
 
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