Sunday, November 25, 2012

The Darkness Before the Dawn

At the end of college you're broke.  At the end of medical school you're in debt up to your eyeballs.  At the end of residency ... well ... you are worse than all that.  

Plus you face finding a job, a new home, a move and 4-6 weeks of credentialing and licensure.  This all means that your debts have come due and no sign of a pay check for up to two months.  The phone is ringing off the hook with everyone you ever borrowed money from in the last 14 years on the other end.  
The kids are using moving boxes as trash cans, laundry hampers, shelves, and toys because you can't afford any of those things until that first paycheck comes.  I cannot tell you how hard this phase is.  OMGosh, there is not a word to describe it. It was horrible though.  Finally, after long last, when I thought I couldn't go on-  Here comes the sun!!!!

6 comments:

  1. Thanks for this post. I think the key is having to save a little bit of money whenever you can (if that is even possible with kids!) My DrH was worried about finances between med school and residency, so we don't want to be in that situation again after residency, and are trying to save just enough to be comfortable for a few months without a paycheck.

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  2. AH! What an exciting day! I look forward to this day!!

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  3. So happy for you! I look forward to this too!

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  4. How have things been on the other side of the world? Rob is still in Fellowship... wish is just a little better than Residency... Now that we've welcomed Graham into our lives, I find myself even more looking forward "the rest" of his life!

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  5. Yikes, I will keep this in mind... we are in his 2nd year of residency now. I hate those periods of surviving on toast!

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