Infectious disease specialists affirm that their children have been the most satisfying thing in their lives, even more so than the achievements they have achieved in their profession.
June 19, 2022 | , Reading Time: 4 minutes
Dr. Lemuel Martinez, infectious disease specialist, member of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) and father of two children. Photo: Provided by Dr.
Dr. Lemuel Martinez, infectious disease specialist, member of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA) and father of two, shared his experience with parenthood, which he describes as challenging and rewarding at the same time,
“It is a huge challenge. When you start a family, you have more parenting responsibilities“he said, acknowledging that the drug is a discipline that takes time And that the time to share with family is not the same every day.
“People who probably work in an office can control the time, but it’s more complicated in a hospital, there may be emergencies or unforeseen situations that require the specialty that one does, this In terms of transition science” he said, “it is very challenging to have a family in a structured system When our career is not so structured as far as timing is concerned,
In Dialogue with medicine and public health He said that his passion for the profession started long back, He was attracted to understand the human body, to understand physiology, biochemistry, and to apply that knowledge to people., “Medicine allows you to combine applied science into people’s lives, not only to know the processes, but to be able to offer assistance that affects the person’s health,” he indicated.
His process of being a father included many challenges for his familyParticularly because with the emergency situation due to COVID-19, he had to implement various precautions to avoid infection, keeping in mind that he went through many situations exposed to the virus, required equipment or Not in the best of circumstances.
“At that time no one knew how contagious the virus was. Viruses through various other means to the respiratory tract and We have always been aware of the risks it implies, Everyone knows about it in the field of infection science, but in times of pandemic it was more stressful.”
In this regard he also expressed that “when children see that someone comes from work, They see their father coming, not the doctor, and they jump because they haven’t seen him in a long time.that’s why Many of us make disinfection zones out of the house, to protect them”.
Now that society is back in daily activities, she understands that her children can be exposed anywhere, however, she stresses that the family interactions and the support they have given her can help her. Allows you to meet the challenge of balancing professional life and family. ,We must try not to miss the most important activities in therapy and the family,
Her experience with the birth of her first child inspires and confirms that all children are a blessing.Despite making many sacrifices due to his busy schedule and waiting with his wife, the time to have children comes and there is no feeling to describe it. “You can work in hospitals and attend various births, but that’s nothing compared to the experience of living.”
He also talked about domestic responsibilities considering his wife as a doctor. “We share responsibilities, but not from the point of view that it touches us, but See it as moments to share with kids,
Recently, they had their second child, A Second Blessing, “Everything multiplies. It is more rewarding than career one can do” He added.
Her recommendations for new parents focus on balancing time with family and business so as not to miss out on your kids’ best moments. “The most valuable thing is to recognize that it is a big, challenging responsibility, but it is also the most rewarding thing in life. One can make many academic, financial sacrifices, but none of that will stop you at nightThose things are not going to make you look through your mouth.”