Category Archives: Doctor Mom Secrets
Secret #6: Get enough sleep!
I know you’ve heard this a thousand times, but are you doing it?
YOU NEED TO SLEEP.
For some Doctor Moms, this is a HUGE challenge because medical concerns rarely disappear overnight.
But sleep is non-negotiable.
As a Doctor Mom, you won’t make wise decisions for your child unless you are fully rested.
Here are a couple tips:
- Limit your caffeine in the afternoon.
- Cut it out completely at night.
- Exercise most days.
- Eat right. (When I eat healthier, I sleep so much better!)
- Go to bed 15 minutes earlier.
- Take a nap whenever possible. If you are a working mom, make this a top priority on your days off.
- Most importantly, DO NOT FEEL GUILTY.
In order to be successful Doctor Moms, we need to get enough sleep. Pray and ask God to show you ways where you can get more rest. He is ready and willing to help you be successful in this role!
When you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet. Proverbs 3:24 NIV
I’d love to hear your tips on this.
Secret #6: Celebrate your victories!
I’ll be the first one to admit that being a Doctor Mom is a tough job. You’re on call 24/7/365. There are days when your child’s life depends on the decisions you make.
It’s all too easy to get overwhelmed. Unless……
You celebrate your victories. You need to focus on the GOOD in your life!
Even if it seems tiny. A victory is a victory.
Did your child have a pain-free day? Rejoice!
Did your kiddo get through a difficult medical procedure? Celebrate!
When your child had high blood sugar, were you able to get it back in range? Woo Hoo!
Every single day, find something to celebrate.
And yes, I know it’s hard. As my husband recently reminded me, I talk about celebrating victories a lot, but sometimes I forget to do it.
Maybe we can all work on Secret #6 together.
I will sing to the Lord all my life; I will sing praise to my God as long as I live. Psalm 104:33 NIV
Secret #4: Build your team.
Do you like your child’s doctor? I hope so!
If you don’t, it’s time to make a change. Don’t put it off another minute.
As Doctor Moms, we have to trust our child’s medical team. If we don’t, our lives will be full of additional worry and stress. We’ll second-guess every decision and never have peace.
Take the time to find a doctor you trust. Will it take extra effort on your part? Sure! But the reward will be worth it.
Trusting your child’s medical team will take a burden off your shoulders and allow you to step back into more of a “mom role.”
If you question your child’s doctor, pray about it. Ask God to give you direction. He will faithfully point you in the right direction!
For the Lord gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. Proverbs 2:6
Secret #3: Hide God’s word in your heart!
When trouble comes (and we both know it will) then you’ll know what to do. : )
To help you along this path, and to connect us on this journey, I’m going to start Memory Mondays. Each week, I’ll post an encouraging verse that every Doctor Mom can use!
Write it on a postcard and keep it handy. In the kitchen….on your nightstand…..say it while you brush your teeth!
Maybe you can even have your child learn along with you. You’ll be setting a good example for your child and hopefully starting a life-long habit in the process. What a blessing!
Will you join me in memorizing God’s word?
Secret #2: Forget your mistakes!
This is the tough part of being a Doctor Mom: we’re not perfect. We will do our very best and still make mistakes.
Sometimes big ones.
I recently forgot to change something on Matthew’s insulin pump and sent him LOW! Thankfully we caught it and he was okay.
Here’s the point: mistakes will happen. What’s a Doctor Mom to do?
- Review what happened.
- Learn from it.
- Do better next time.
- Put the mistake out of your head. (Don’t miss this!) Being burdened with guilt helps no one.
Finally, pray that God gives you wisdom in advance. With Him on your side, you really can do this job–successfully!
How do you handle mistakes?
What does it take to be a Great Doctor Mom?
Secret number 1: You must partner with the Lord.
- You need wisdom that only God can give.
- Partnering with God allows you to step back into more of a “mom role.”
- You’ll feel more confident knowing that every decision you make is bathed in prayer.
- God is in charge anyway, so you might as well seek him first and get help! : )
God is a God of hope and He can give joy to sustain you through the darkest of days. (Romans 15:13) The Bible says if we put our trust in Him, He’ll guide us along the best path for our life. (Psalm 32:8).
God also gives the gift of eternal life: For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. (John 3:16)
If you don’t have this hope, you can change that right now with this simple prayer.
Lord, I confess to you that I’ve made many mistakes. I’ve tried to live on my own for far too long. I believe that you died for my sins and rose again. You have victory over sin and death! I want to accept you as my Lord and Savior. Please come into my life and help me learn more about you.
If you just prayed that prayer, find a Bible-believing church to join and start spending time with God daily. Your heart will be full of joy and peace, knowing that you have the gift of eternal life. That promise alone will sustain you through those tough Doctor Mom days we all face.
Reality check: What is your relationship with God?