a Pediatric Ophthalmologist/Working Mom/Administrator.

As a working Mom, I wear many hats, just as many of my colleagues do.  So, for today’s post, I decided to chart down what I did for a full day from the time I woke up to coming home.  People always ask me how I can manage working with 3 kids and it’s a juggling act.  We’re also super blessed with terrific babysitters who we can really depend upon when we have late days.

5:45 am: Arya is awake.  She likes to reach over from her crib and turn the light on and then calls to us “Mommeeee, Daddeeee”.  Her brother, Taj, who is a very light sleeper, will wake up then and run into her room “I’m coming Arya!”.  It’s very sweet.

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Then, get ready, make my bed (I read somewhere it’s part of starting the day right).  Man, I need some coffee.  I look longingly at my Nespresso.

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Since it’s a surgery day, I don’t drink caffeine, just to make sure I don’t have any jitters when operating.  But, I miss the routine of my coffee.  Gotta remember to buy some decaf pods.  Help get the kids ready for school, etc.  Show the nanny where the stuff for dinner is, so she can prepare it (tacos for kids tonight)

6:45 am: Leave the house.  

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Jeff usually drives and I take care of admin emails.  It gives me time to eat my yogurt.  It’s nice having a chauffeur !

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My chauffeur, Jeff, does not like being photographed.

 

7:05 am: Drop Jeff off at the office and I drive over to the Eye Surgery Center.

7:15 am:  Arrive at Eye Surgery Center, greeted by friendly smiling nurses.  I love this place.

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One of the pre-op nurses at the Surgical Center.

 

7:20 am: Say hello to my patient, mark above his eye with a large S (don’t want to operate on the wrong eye! – don’t worry, I always print a large photo of the patient and place it on the wall in the operating room to remind which muscles I am operating upon), and sign the necessary paperwork.

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Change into my scrubs  and head into the operating room.

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My scrub nurse, Jackie, enjoys 80’s Pop music in the OR just like I do!

 

8:45 am : Surgery is finished.  My second surgery canceled at the last minute, so there was no time to move up another patient.  So, now it’s coffee time! Yes!  I always go to Padovani’s.  It’s a cute little shop 2 doors down from the surgical center in Dole.  They have wonderful hand made gourmet chocolates, delicious cappuccinos and fresh muffins (my favorites are the pineapple and and mango)

Phillipe Padovani, owner and chef.

Phillipe Padovani, owner and chef.

Now, I usually wait about 45 minutes to an hour for the patient to be awake enough to perform suture adjustment on him.  So, I grab my usual bench and get to finalizing some charts on our electronic medical record system, EMA.  Paper charts are still way faster than electronic charting, but at least I don’t have to carry 25 charts with me in my bag.  It’s all on the iPad.  I am WAY behind, as usual

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9:45am-10: Perform suture adjustment.  I’ll do a separate post on this next month, but this is basically when I can fine tune the eye muscle surgery to make sure the eye is aligned exactly where I want it to be post-operatively.  My surgical coordinator in the office, Ronnie, is my scrub assistant in the OR when I operate at Eye Surgery Center and she is fantastic.  A real joy to work alongside.  And, the patients adore her as well.  She assists me with the suture adjustment as well.  I am lucky to have her as part of our team!

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Ronnie, surgical coordinator, scrub assistant and all around awesome girl!

I change and drive Ronnie and I back to the office.

10:30-12 pm.  All the fun, sexy stuff that goes into being a physician and administrator (that’s sarcasm, in case you can’t read into that).  Finish my charting, sign all the paperwork for the company 401K, talk to our financial adviser at Morgan Stanley about the conversion from Nationwide to Mass Mutual, decide upon profit sharing contributions.  Fun, fun, fun!

12-12:45 pm: Reconcile bank statement for July.  Try to locate a missing payroll report from that time period. Did I mention how much fun this stuff is?  Oops – forgot to bring leftovers from dinner to eat.  Thank goodness, one of my staff, Brandi, was kind enough to grab food for me so I can eat while at my desk.  I have the best staff.  But, quickbooks is still not working and syncing with my bank, even after spending 1 hour 38 minutes with them on the phone on my day off.  I’m not in a good mood.

Yes, this is my desk - 2 monitors, an iPad and tons of bank statements.  With a spicy poke!

Yes, this is my desk – 2 monitors, an iPad and tons of bank statements. With a spicy poke!

I’m a very neat person, but my desk at the office is always cluttered.  I think I’m just mid-project all the time.  I remember when they were filming the Hawaii National Bank commercial and they wanted to shoot an action shot of me working at my desk.  I started cleaning my desk and they said “No, no, keep it.  It’s more authentic”.  OK, so now, it’s out there, I have a messy desk.

12:45: First patient is ready for me to see. Steady stream of patients until 3:45.

3:45 pm: My gorgeous girlfriend, Amelia, arrives for our cosmetic event we are having that, yikes, starts in 15 minutes!  We’re having a high tea party with stations for colored contact lenses, Botox, and hair/make-up by Amelia.  And, I have to help get everything set up pronto, though my office manager, Sara, has already done a ton.  I kind of fell into doing Botox about 7 years ago.  I was meeting with Thomas, the rep for Botox to ask about purchasing Botox for medical purposes (strabismus surgery) and he asked if I considered doing cosmetic Botox.  My training in cosmetic Botox was injecting my attendings with the leftover  Botox that we had used for medical reasons (since it has to be thrown away anyway).  And, I do enjoy it – I don’t ever want to be a primary cosmetic surgeon, but it does help people feel happier with how they look.  Most of my patients, are moms of the kids I examine for their eyes!

4-6 pm: Cosmetic event.  It’s a great turnout and all of the guests have a blast.

 

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My friend, Amelia, performing a mini-makeover. Who wouldn’t want to look like this girl?

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Our optician, Joel, doubles as a personal butler.

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Dr. Bossert explains the technology behind the new colored contact lenses

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My friend and I, with our hair styled by Amelia.

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6:10 pm:  Yowser, I was supposed to leave 10 minutes ago for my son’s 1st grade orientation, which got rescheduled at the last minute.  I stuff some sandwiches on a plate and eat while I drive.

6:30-7:10: 1st Grade Orientation.  I’m an hour late.  It started at 5:30, but at least my husband made it there on time.  The kids each drew a picture for us.  Here’s my son’s.

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“Do not feel bad if you come late ”  Uggh.  The guilt of being a working Mom!

7:30 pm: Back at home.  My oldest and youngest are asleep.  But, my middle child takes forever to fall asleep.  He comes out when we get home and asks for a massage.  He’s such a high energy boy, so I started doing nightly massages with essential oil to help calm him down.  Now, he expects it and chooses his scent.  Sorry, future daughter-in-law!

8:00 pm: All kids asleep! I settle in on the couch to do some Netflix binge watching while I do, what else?, finish charts!

 

 

 

I haven’t been blogging lately because we are doing a website overhaul and I didn’t want to keep adding too much content for the company to have to pull over to our new site.  For the new website, I wanted to add some additional photographs of our patients and staff.  I always feel like it’s much easier for someone to take that jump into having cataract or strabismus surgery if they can actually see pictures of patients who have the same procedures.

Through my friend, I found a great high school senior who is in the Photography club.  He has been taking pictures of my kids for the past year and I thought it would be great to hire him to do shots for our website.  He’s great – extremely reliable, easy to work with and turns the pictures around in 3 days.

Here’s a sneak peak.

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Our optician, Joel, performing pupil measurements on a patient.

This is our newest licensed optician, Joel Babb.  He’s a wonderfully experienced optician who is skilled at matching the exact lens type to fit the patient’s lifestyle.  He is also extremely personable and filled with aloha spirit.  We are really lucky to have found him.  He joins our stellar optical team of Rachel Rolison and Kristel Rabago, who have been doing an awesome job helping our patients.

We have 3 full time opticians and all are uniquely trained to assist with fitting glasses for kids.  Our selection of glasses is also one of the largest for kids.  We carry Roxy, Hello Kitty, Adidas, Disney, Flexon, Liberty sports goggles and Miraflex to name a few. We have kids as young as 10 months old in glasses.

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Our optician, Rachel, marking the pupils to make new glasses for a pediatric patient.

Here’s Dr. Bossert teaching a patient how to insert and remove contact lenses.  Our contact lens technicians are also specially educated at providing one on one contact lens training sessions for all patients – from pre-teens getting their first pair of contacts to adults who previously thought they could never wear bifocal contacts. With the range of different types of contact lenses now available, we can fit even the most complicated patients. Our staff review correct wearing schedules, proper lens hygiene, insertion and removal techniques, and contact lens care systems with every patient, making it the ideal place for patients new to contact lenses. We fit spherical, toric, multifocal, scleral, and rigid gas permeable lenses, to name just a few.

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We have an awesome surgical counselor, Ronnie who makes herself available to patients 24-7.  She answers emails, texts, and phone calls at all hours.  She obsesses constantly to make sure everything is complete and finalized for every patient.  And, she is able to reassure patients as they navigate the entire surgical process from booking the initial consultation to the post-operative visits.  In addition, she is also my assistant in the operating room for strabismus patients.  Patients love seeing a familiar face in the operating room.  Here she is reviewing an upcoming surgery with a patient.

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Of course, I do exams on children and most of them are so interested in every aspect of the exam.  They love getting examined at the slit lamp.  Often times, my pediatric patients can hold more still than my adult patients!

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Here’s our staff hard at work.  We’ve transitioned to a new Ipad based electronic medical record, from Modernizing Medicine, so you’ll often see us on both the tablet and PC.  It’s a really new system.  I believe I am the first private practice pediatric ophthalmologist to use it, and Dr. Bossert is one of the first optometrists to use it, so we’re helping them work out the kinks.

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And, finally, Aubrey, our front desk receptionist, getting some make-up done before her close-up.  Look for her beautiful smiling face when you come in for your next appointment.

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