We celebrated our Mother’s this past weekend. From giving us the joy of life to making it worthwhile, they are the true bearers of kindness and affection.
Mother’s Day was conceptualized in 1905 by Anna Jarvis, who wanted to honor her mother. By 1911, all US states agreed to observe the holiday.
As a neurosurgeon, many people presume the job requires hard work and dedication. There is truth to this, however, a neurosurgeon’s efforts do not compare to the endless multiple jobs of mothers.
Of course it’s not just the amount of work our mothers do that makes us appreciate them, but it’s an eye-opener how they hold our families together. We can’t praise them enough.
|A Day in the Life of a Neurosurgeon||A Day in the Life of a Mother (my wife at least)|
|0600– Wake up to head to the hospital||0500– Wake up to work-out before kids get up|
|0730– Start first surgery||0600– Preparing breakfast for kids|
|0730- 1600– Various surgeries||0700 to 0800– Corralling children for school|
|1600-1900– Rounding on patients||0800 to 0900– Drop off at 2 different schools, 4 different classrooms|
|1930– Home to eat dinner with family||0900 to 1600– Work.|
|2000-2200– Some medical charting while relaxing.
Watching some television, exercising, or playing with kids.
|1630 to 1700– Pick up at 2 different schools, 4 different classrooms|
|2230 to next morning– Potential intermittent short phone calls from the hospital||1730– Unload kids at home and start 4-6 different dinners|
|1800 to 2000– Clean up and start own cold dinner|
|2030– Verify homework completion and start getting 4 kids to bed|
|2200– First chance to relax… although frequently interrupted. Self-educating on kids’ schoolwork.|
|2230 to next morning– at least 3-4 trips to refill kid’s water or bathroom.
Constant contorting body around kids coming into bed who have stolen the covers and pillows.