Thursday, September 22, 2011
I hope you will grant me a short bit of reflection for today is my 30 Year Anniversary of being a podiatrist at Saint Francis Memorial Hospital, San Francisco, California, at the renowned Center For Sports Medicine. This photo represents who I am--A Team Player. I team up with my wife for a great marriage, I team up with my kids and one spouse and friends, and I team up at work to be the Best I Can. When I play sports, winning is secondary to how I held up my end of the bargain and played hard for my team. When I am at work, I am always thinking about others (my staff, my fellow docs, my patients). I strive to be a great Team Player and never ever let them down. Do I? of course. Do I want to let them down? never.
I must admit I am tiring after 30 years. My energy level is waining. I continue to fight my battles, but I feel a deep call to simplify and keep centered. I know I have to re-invent myself every few years, so last year I started this blog, started teaching more, and I am currently trying to learn Electronic Medical Records and ICD 10 codes. Everything I do is for a team of one form or another. My office, my hospital, my patients, my family. So, I was sad no one knew that this was my big day. And I am very very proud of this day.The significance of today was all I could think of.
I am 57, and after spending a lot of money getting 2 kids through private colleges, need to continue to work for retirement. But, the next 15 years can be at a more relaxed pace. So, with the help of good health, I look forward to the last 1/3 (15 years) of my practice life as a sports medicine podiatrist increasing my blog as a form of teaching, increasing my formal teaching and lecturing, maybe a little research, maybe a few trips for R and R.
Thank you for allowing me to have this special time with you. Please let me know topics you want to hear about. Consider us a Blog Team. I don't want to let you down. You are part of my team as we try to help people with various foot and ankle problems.