Dr. Allison Sueper Womyn, director of the Boston Outpatient Surgical Suite, had a difficult weekend filled with unreasonable demands, relentless complaining, and excessive butt-wiping. She’s ready for a break. “Whew,” she explains, “I’m so excited to head back to work today! And go to the bathroom by myself!”
Highlights of her weekend “off” included a toddler that refused to sleep during naptime, but instead learned to take off his pull-up and smear poo all over himself and the bedroom walls, then convincing said toddler to get in the bathtub, then eventually pleading with him to get out. Furthermore, The Law of Averages of Clean Children meant that as one child was getting cleaned off, another was creating body art using Sharpies.
“My husband was on trauma call all weekend. Up throughout the night, but had the hospital bed all to himself. So damn lucky…sounds so relaxing!” she said as she moved a pair of feet out of her face.
Dr. Womyn knows performing surgery is a welcomed break from the hustle and bustle of 3rd grade Common Core math homework and toddler potty training. “Residents complaining? Patients not listening? Anesthesia putting the EKG leads in the field again? No problem, I’ve got this. I’ve got a threenager at home.”
In a world filled with unemployment and poverty, Dr. Womyn knows she is very fortunate to have two amazing, spirited children, and a rewarding academic career. She even got 2 weeks off for maternity leave when she was a resident, and her water broke in the OR. But sometimes she finds the demands a bit much. “I can easily do two things at once, such as making dinner while writing my next R01,” she tells GomerBlog, “but, if I’m being honest with myself, add in a screaming child or a page from the hospital and things just get tough.”
“I’ve been so stressed lately I haven’t even gotten my period for the last few months, I’ve gained several pounds, and I’m absolutely exhausted. Good thing we only have two kids…no idea how we’d handle a third!”