Oy. It has been some time, hasn’t it? In the past almost six months, as is to be expected in the life of a family, things happened. We did stuff and kept quite busy. Let’s see… Zoe had a birthday, complete with swimming party (indoors), and I didn’t post a birthday tribute at the time, but I’m totally going to fake one (don’t tell anyone). So she’s six now, and amazing. Shortly after that I submitted my rank order list for the match, indicating where I would like to attend residency. It was a very tough process, during which our family evaluated what was most important to us, and in the end we got exactly what we wanted. I am happy to announce here (in case anyone reads this who wasn’t constantly flooded with texts, tweets or facebook posts from me with the happy information) that I will spend the next three years training in family medicine at the Memorial Family Medicine Residency Program out of Sugar Land. We get to stay in Houston! So yay. It’s not that I was super busy with school after March 15 (MATCH DAY!), but super busy with life, which as it turns out is even more busy than school ever kept me. Seriously. I took that time to get our home a little more organized, volunteer at Zoe’s school, and exercise my ever-expanding body. In April I worked my last month as a medical student on an emergency psychiatry rotation. I absolutely loved it. I have been off work since May and despite feeling constantly busy, it has all amounted to very little. Oh except for graduating from medical school. Blake Motley Watts, M.D. is official. It has been a LONG ROAD since that day in mid-2005 that I, finally emerging from the cloud of cancer and all it entailed, felt moved to pursue medicine, and Joel, not knowing any better, encouraged me. I laugh when I think of freshman-in-college Blake in 2000, quitting biology because it didn’t suit me, and derailing my med school plans because I thought there was no way to become a doctor and have a family (and be good at both). I had real and practical concerns, mature thoughts for 19, actually, and perhaps it was naiveté at 24, or the new-found YOLO attitude post-cancer, but WHAT A FOOL to think it would be easier AFTER having a family. But we made it. And I’m proud of that for all of us, and grateful for ALL OF THE HELP. We have so much support. And we will need it going forward, because
my life is over residency is starting soon.
We just returned from Sea World and Aquatica in San Antonio, which was a great time for all. Zoe’s last kindergarten unit was on oceans, and she is in love with all things dolphin, so naturally feeding and touching dolphins was on the agenda. She did her own report on dolphins after learning a pink bottlenose dolphin exists (rare albino version of a pigmented dolphin), and has made it one of her life goals to inform the world’s population of this fact. I’m soaking up time with her now, because in under a week, I will begin residency orientation, followed by my SISTER GETTING MARRIED!!!!, followed by three months of inpatient rotations. So I make no promises about my updates here, but I really like the idea of keeping track of myself. Pictorial proof of life and our activities can be found on Flickr.