I once had a pediatric mentor who suggested that pediatricians should never live in the same town where they practice. His point was that a life separate from a practice was an important key to one’s sanity. It seems better advice would have been not to vacation in the same state where one practices. During this week’s spring break retreat in central Texas I’ve run into two of my families while poolside.
These reunions aren’t a problem for me so long as the conversation doesn’t involve encopresis or worms and the patients don’t mind seeing their doctor in floral Tommy Bahama swim trunks with a five o’clock shadow. But truth be told, I think the kids get a kick out of it. My biggest preoccupation: remembering everyone’s name.
By the way, if you make it down around Austin, plan to bring your kids to the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines Resort and Spa in Bastrop, Texas. It just opened and I strongly recommend it for a luxurious, kid-friendly vacation.