Saturday, June 14, 2008

It's done...

...and it only took me 31 YEARS!  I received word from the Texas Medical Board yesterday (Friday the 13th) that my application for my medical license is complete and will be voted on my the Texas Medical Board during their June 26-27th meeting.  I guess that means I can finally do what I've always wanted to do; practice medicine.

Now just to refresh:  I am a doctor.  I have been since I graduated medical school in May 2005.  I started my residency June 24, 2005 in Internal Medicine/Pediatrics (explained in earlier blogs) and will finish June 30, 2009 and be board eligible in both Internal Medicine AND Pediatrics.  This latest milestone means that I can now apply for a DPS and DEA number and on months that I'm NOT on call (which is VERY few) this next year, I can moonlight and make $50-60/hr instead of the $9.00/hr I make as a resident (remember, I work 80 hours a week...the math's not pretty)

It also means that for my 4th year of residency that starts July 1, I will be practicing medicine under my own license and not the "Physician-in-training Permit" that I have used for the past 3 years.

Even though we already had last night planned before I found out about my license, Beth and I celebrated the occasion with some dear friends at Cova (with some REALLY great wine) and then some good music at "The Mucky Duck".  It was David and Sarah's 21st Wedding Anniversary and we had a really nice time.

Some other updates since my frequency of blogging (as if this surprises anyone) is not what my adoring fans would like it to be (can you hear the hysterical laughing in the background?)

-Beth and I have completed Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University.  We're on Baby Step 2.  It has really changed how we manage our household and is forming our goals and attitudes as we prepare to move to Lubbock next year.  Dave likes to say, "Live like no one else, so that later you can LIVE like no one else."  You will now find us paying cash when we go out (like we did last night).  We have delayed some of the things we want (a new car, a flat screen TV) until we can pay cash for them.  No more charging, anything really, to the credit cards, and when we get the cards paid off...we're cutting them up.  And next month when the new iPhone (I'm so excited I can't stand it) comes out, I'm paying CASH!!!  I've been saving my mad money since we started Dave's class.

-Beth has a birthday coming up in 2 weeks and I still haven't bought her present(?s).  My mom and her step-mother will both be here.  We're are looking forward to their visit.

-We will be going to Southern Illinois at the end of July to see family and to pick up family heirlooms that belonged to Beth's parents.

-Our dear, dear friends the Daltons are leaving us (only temporarily) for Lubbock at the end of this month.  We were all going to move to Lubbock together next year when Vanessa and I finished residency, but they have the opportunity to move now and let Vanessa finish in Lubbock closer to family.  This is great because Talitha can be near her grandparents, aunts and uncles.  We will miss them A LOT in the next 12 months, but we will be there soon.

-Tomorrow is Father's Day, so I have to give a shout out to my dad.  Thank you for always pushing me to be the very best that I can.  For teaching me that it's never ok to do something half-way.  Thanks for being my sounding board when I don't know how to fix something, or move something.  Thanks, Dad.  I love you.