You Just Can't Win
This type of conversation happens a lot at my house. The Doc will come home from work and some times I just can't stop myself from saying "I am so exhausted!" He is nice enough to patiently listen as I raddle on about how the kids made mess after mess that I had to clean up, and nap time was a disaster because of this or that, and I barely had time to clean the house, and everything else that I whine about on a regular basis. And then when I'm done he will casually say "Yeah I'm pretty tired too. I had to wake up at 5 to get to the hospital early enough to set up my room for surgery before we had lecture and then I had 9 surgeries." Game. Set. Match!
It doesn't matter what the subject is, he can always top my issues. Its a very humbling conversation and it also makes me very grateful that he is the one with that kind of stress and I'm not. Don't get me wrong. I think there are some very stressful and draining things that wives and moms go through. I am very lucky to know that the DR listens and offers support to me while dealing with his own struggles. Go and give your Doc a hug and maybe a free pass the next time they try to sleep in or take a nap (which they hopefully do in a funny position so you can take a picture to make you smile forever) and remember that no matter how many times you have this conversation, you will lose.