HELLO! Long time no blog. So you may have noticed that I have been missing in action lately. I am someone who will occasionally ghost on the world. I’ll be happily plugging along, pushing myself a little too hard when all of a sudden I’ll take a step back, duck out the back door and disappear from public for a little while.
This time my disappearing act was related to my cruising holiday. For 10 days and 10 nights I had no phone or no internet access. It was wonderful (breaking my phone habit – not so much the sea sickness for nearly 72 hours straight on the way back to Sydney). So when I got back I’ve tried to be more present with the family and tried to continue the restricted use of my phone. Which has restricted the use of Snapchat, Instagram and Facebook.
In additional to the reduction in phone use, we had a vet shortage for the month of August at my vet hospital which meant that I was simply too busy to do much except make sure that my patients and my staff were all ok. To add to the vet shortage I was also in Cairns for a week for the IVAS Congress (International Veterinary Acupuncture Society Conference).
There has been a lot happening here at the Parsons house. We have a new addition to the family. A gorgeous 18 month old Labradoodle Elmo. My family is now complete and my husband has banned me from adopting any more fur babies. I keep teasing him that we now have a Spoodle and a Labradoodle and so we need at least a Poodle, or a Cavoodle to make our collection complete.
I learnt a lot during the Bondi Vet search. I learnt that it is not what I want. I don’t want to be a TV vet. That is not where I can make the biggest difference and live the life I want to live. I don’t want to be judged based on my appearance, judged by my peers for every clinical decision I make in the public eye and I don’t want to lose touch with everyday vet practice.
I love being a vet, I love getting to meet new clients and patients everyday, I love being a good leader in the vet hospital and making a difference to my staff and helping them to love this profession, I love challenging myself and being challenged at work, I also don’t really like having my hair done – anytime my hair is pulled I actually have to fight back tears (I’m a big sook I know). So I’m glad that I got to experience it and push myself outside of my comfort zone, but most of all I’m glad that it’s over (at least it is for me, but it’s still going on for those in the final 5).
I’ve got a few blog ideas coming up but I’m in no hurry to publish them, so when the time is right and I feel the motivation to do so I’ll get to it. I also have some interesting cases and pictures which I haven’t published yet so I’ll be sure to get around to those eventually too.
For me having a break from blogging/vlogging and social media has been all about self-care. As someone who is prone to depression and anxiety and experienced burn out more than I care to admit I am getting better and better at listening to my early warning signs and taking action.
Look out for Charlie and Elmo’s stories which will be coming soon. I love my boys and they each have their own story which I will no doubt tell you soon. Watch this space.