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    Sunday, February 26, 2006

    Time Fugitive: The author of Galen's Log responded to a reader inquiry about his reasons for quitting. Lack of time, it seems. I can sympathize.

    This blog has been in cyberspace for four years sometime this month. (I'm horrible at remembering anniversaries, and the archives didn't work at the beginning of the blog, but I know I started it sometime in February.) There have been a lot of ups and downs in those five years - at times a kind of love/hate relationship with it. There are times when reading the news just gets wearisome and the soul longs for a break from all the hub bub and concern of the world as viewed through the media, anyway.

    But more pressing are the needs of work and family. Those can't be put on hold. And work can be especially demanding. After mulling over ways to increase my practice's income, I've come to the conclusion that the only way (or at least most reliable way) is to work more. But working more for a doctor means not only seeing more patients or adding an hour or two to a day, it also means adding more hours at the end of the work day. More patients mean more labs to review, more letters to write, more paperwork to fill out, more phone calls to return, more hands to be held when things aren't going well - all the little things that add up and which do not come with financial compensation. An addition four hours of scheduled patients a week can easily become an extra six hours or more of work a week. And those hours, alas, must come from blogging. So, good luck to "Galen" as he balances work and family. And we can hope that when things calm down again and there's a little more time, he'll come back to blogging.
     

    posted by Sydney on 2/26/2006 09:21:00 AM 5 comments

    5 Comments:

    Understandable. I'd get a lot more done if I could quit READING blogs!!!

    By Blogger Rowena Hullfire, at 10:04 AM  

    Don't forget all of the new requirements to maintain board certification.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11:35 AM  

    Rowena,

    Ditto.

    Anonymous,

    Yes. That's another appointment with myself that 's waiting to be made and kept - to do this year's online board certification test. But it's going to have to wait until I fill out the recredentialing papers for my hospital privileges.

    By Blogger sydney, at 9:27 PM  

    I also find myself blogging or at least reading them instead of doing things I'm supposed to be doing. But, often it's a wealth of information that one wouldn't see in the local newspapers.. Moderation is the key!

    By Blogger Nurse Practitioners Save Lives, at 9:51 AM  

    There's always the caviar practice approach. The people doing it say they have more free time, higher quality of life. More money, usually,too.

    By Blogger bill, at 6:20 PM  

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