As many of you may have noticed – I have been somewhat removed from the online world/social media over the course of a few weeks and now just starting to get back into a “normal” routine. Without going into too many details in this post (a more comprehensive post will follow later), I had shall we say a major back operation that has allowed me to reflect on many aspects of my life, all of which I will blog on in the upcoming weeks and months.
I am not one to boast about too many things or people, but in this case, I can’t help it. In fact, I have and make no apologies. I think it is crucially important to me to celebrate a special person in my life – my partner, wife, and best friend. Sadly, it took an event like this for me to realize what I have but you better believe, this is not something I plan on forgetting anytime soon. I am amazed and astonished by my wife, Navleen – even more so now after 16 years of marriage. Not only do I love her but…I respect her deeply.
We have been together for over 16 years now and but this event allowed me to realize and understand the “other side” of her as a physician and a wife. I feel very fortunate to say the least; the care I received was second-to-none.
One of the first things I noticed, not once during the whole ordeal did she ever leave my side. This had not so much to do with her being a physician and wanting to ensure everything was done properly, but because I wanted her by my side, simple. How she was able to juggle between joining a new practice while still working at her previous group and constantly being by my side is beyond me.
I was also quite impressed with the care I received. She was totally committed to making me as comfortable as possible. She was very proactive with pain control, especially since I was in significant discomfort. She also worked closely with the staff, at times even acting like “cheerleaders” in my progress.
Reflecting on my experience, I hope to use some of these positive tactics when I return to work. I’ve seen firsthand how the little selfless things you do can be so powerful.
She deals with me. Need I say more?
My wife, what a woman! She can be done wrong and say she will never forget, analyze it every which way but in the next breath she is checking in on those who just wronged her. In our own mixed up world we (her and I), contribute our own portion of confusion, by both of us having vastly different upbringing. We have a combined somewhat dynamic family, yet she doesn’t see anyone as any different from the other. My immediate family is hers as much as hers are mine.
I tease my wife about her strong Persian background; she has a strong, resolute demeanor. Even when she is exhausted she keeps going. She works circles around me. She is a physician having just joined a new practice in Northern Virginia, still working with her previous employer, doing her Masters in Health Administration and last but not least – manages to take care of the household (yes that includes my daughter and myself and we all know I am not the easiest to deal with ;-) ).
And the number one best quality of my wife is;
She is so full of love. There is so much inside of her that I have not even tapped yet. She is so full of love and it is all directed at my daughter and me. She never ceases to let us know. She is always supportive of my every move. Even when times are tough, she is right there giving me courage and the will to continue. My wife Navleen, she is my strength, she is my life, she is my everything. I have realized due to this surgery what she truly means to me. I have just shared a mere few qualities of a woman who has so so many, I must have done something right in a previous life.